a few words on equality

 BY DENISE      POSTED ON 27 JANUARY 2017

Hi everyone!

Today’s post is gonna be a bit different… Exactly one week ago today, Donald Trump got inaugurated and it moved the world. It moved me and it made me realise how important it is to use my voice, even (or especially!) on here.

Let me start off by telling you a few things about Mr. Trump and the things he has done over the past week. Donald Trump is a racist, misogynist, a liar and a bully. He’s homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, Islamaphobic… You name it. Although he literally got inaugurated ONE week ago, he has already realised some of his incredibly scary ideas. Not only did he revive two controversial oil pipelines (we’re talking about the contamination of drinking water here!!!), he’s also trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), which would leave thousands of people without a health insurance. The climate change pages have been removed from the White House website. He signed an executive order calling for the immediate construction of the wall between the US and Mexico. What I’m wondering here is, why isn’t he building a wall between the US and Canada? Oh, wait, that’s because most Canadians are white. THAT’S RACISM!!! Is he really that afraid of Mexicans? He has also signed an executive order to make sure that the American government can no longer offer visas to anyone from Muslim countries (such as Libya, Sudan and Iraq). There’s so much more, but I couldn’t possibly forget about the ban on federal money going to international groups that perform or provide information on abortions. No, Donald Trump. MY BODY, MY CHOICE. Let me remind you, this is his EIGHTH day as president.

With that being said, I want you to ask yourself how you feel about him. Just sit down for a second and really, really think about it. Do you believe that people are created (un)equally? Does your life matter more than someone else’s? Is it fair that Donald Trump puts his life and the lives of many other white, straight, rich men above so many others? Is it necessary to feel any kind of hatred against minorities?

Many people reading this are probably from the Netherlands and are currently thinking that this has absolutely nothing to do with them. That’s incorrect. First of all, Donald Trump probably won’t directly have an impact on YOUR life, but he will certainly have an impact on so many other people’s lives and that concerns all of us. His morals and ideas are super scary and terrifying and will affect so many people across the US. Second, although you cannot control the elections in the United States of America, I’d like to remind you of the fact that the Dutch general elections are planned to be held on March 15th, 2017. A lot of Dutch people are going to vote for someone as some kind of ‘protest’. Let me tell you something. That’s not protesting. You’re not actually helping yourself (or others) by supporting populism. It may sound attractive to you that you will be represented by someone who claims to care about the Dutch people, but please please please take some time to actually read his plans and political agenda. Know what you’re voting for. Don’t vote for inequality. Don’t vote for racism. Don’t vote for populism. If you feel the need to protest, do it the right way!!!

Also, the conversation about political and social issues is so important! Educate yourself. Then start using your voice by participating in the conversation. If you feel violated or unrepresented by your leader, stand up and peacefully (!!!) protest. If you don’t want the people around you or any people in general to feel unrepresented, stand up. You have a voice, so start using it.

We will NOT bow down to the agenda of a privileged, racist, homophobic, white man. Don’t sit down, don’t give up. Let your voice be heard and support the LGBTQ community, my fellow women and fight racism. I proudly stand with the #BlackLivesMatter and #LoveIsLove movement. I am a feminist.

To everyone my age: we are the future. This is gonna be in our hands in a few years. If you’re over 18 and have the right to vote: no matter the country you’re in, please use your vote wisely.

You don’t have to be female, LGBT, black, Latino, Muslim or disabled to fight against prejudice. You just have to be human.

#LOVETRUMPSHATE