The Gatepost Editorial: What now?

It is no secret that many students, professors and administrators are deeply shocked by the results of the 2016 presidential election.

We at The Gatepost share this sentiment.

While Donald Trump won the electoral vote, it is important to remember Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 219, 762 votes.

Since the outdated Electoral College system produced President Donald Trump, many are left wondering what our next step should be.

We at The Gatepost believe it is imperative American citizens unite and fight to ensure America is not only successful, but inclusive of all citizens.

This is an opportunity to create some real change. The last decade has been one of the most progressive in American history, thanks to policies such as the Affordable Care Act, the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling and the Paris Climate Agreement.

However, many worry with Trump’s election that much of the progress we have made will all be for naught.

With a Republican House and Senate, Trump has the opportunity to reverse some of the progress we have made as a nation under President Barack Obama. Trump’s promises to deport undocumented immigrants, repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood have become all the more threatening in the last 48 hours.

Which is why it is more important than ever that every citizen stand up and fight for the rights of our fellow human beings.

It is easy to succumb to feelings of defeat and despair.

It is easy to assign blame.

It is easy to give up.

What is hard is continuing to fight in the face of adversity.

What is hard is respecting and understanding those who hold different beliefs. What is hard is listening to them, educating them, occasionally compromising with them and eventually uniting with them.

We at The Gatepost are asking you to do what is hard, and continue the fight for human rights, decency and respect.

As Hillary Clinton said during her concessional speech Wednesday, “Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear.”

We must continue to have conversations such as the one held Wednesday in the Center for Inclusive Excellence. We must take the time to listen to people’s stories, understand the impact of policies and find a common ground with those who hold different opinions.

This kind of spirit was demonstrated on our very own campus yesterday, when over 200 students, professors and administrators came together to unite the campus community during a Unity Walk.

Most importantly, we have to fight for our country’s future. Amid the conflict and turmoil, we have to remember what we are fighting for:

An America that respects, celebrates and cares for all of its citizens.

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