The problem is more than just Trump

This election won’t solve our problems.

And if you think it will, you’re delusional.

Getting America unentangled from racism and sexism will not be solved by one person – let alone in four years.

America has been racist and sexist since the beginning. That means there are 244 years of actions toward people of color and women that need to be rectified. 

Not only will Joe Biden be inheriting that, but also the deeply divided American people and political system that have only been inflamed by the last four years. 

Racists have crawled out from under their rocks in even the most liberal of towns, yelling their hateful rhetoric from the rooftops. 

Women’s rights were and still are on the line due to Trump’s Supreme Court appointees. 

There have been some instances when some police have shown that if you look or think differently than them, they will not protect you. 

While this election and the next four years may be a key turning point in history, they are not the “end-all be-all.” 

It cannot be forgotten that, in 2016, Donald Trump received 62,985,106 votes.

In 2020, Trump received 73,685,981 votes as of Thursday, Nov. 19. That is the equivalent of all of the United Kingdom or most of Thailand, according to the Worldometer. 

In those four years, Trump told a white supremacy group to “stand back and stand by.” 

He put immigrant children in cages.

He is indirectly responsible for the deaths of over 250,000 people because of his lack of response to COVID-19.

Yet, Trump’s vote total still increased.

However, Trump is just a reflection of the biases, prejudices, and selfishness held by some Americans long before he was sworn into office. 

To solve this, America needs to turn inward.

We need to face our racist and sexist past and mend the wrongs that have been committed.

Organizations like the KKK need to be designated domestic terrorist groups. 

The subconscious sexist advertisements and jokes need to be called out. 

We, the American people, need to stay engaged and elect politicians who see these issues and make them a priority. 

Our politicians need to figure out a way to work across the political aisle because the American people are suffering from their lack of leadership. 

The well-being of Americans should not be – and is not – a partisan issue. 

But all of these issues existed well before Jan. 20, 2017. 

President George W. Bush deported thousands of Muslims and Arabs post-9/11 just because of their country of heritage. 

President Bill Clinton signed the 1994 Crime Bill, which fueled the problem of mass incarceration, especially of Black men. 

These issues are not the work of political parties.

These issues that people face go back decades upon decades. 

So how do we fix it and what happens next?

We must continue to fight, protest, and vote. 

Not just for ourselves.

For our families.

For our friends.

For our neighbors.

For the little Black child in the next town over who has to learn that some police will not always protect them just because of the color of their skin. 

For the college student four states away who has to drive across state borders to get an abortion because reproductive healthcare is not readily available in their state. 

For the families all across the country which live in fear of deportation every day. 

For the sake of our democracy.