Disprove the Stereotypes that Have Become Far too Popular

By Monica Anderson (Wentworth Institute of Technology Undergraduate)

A friend of mine asked me to write about my opinion on this election for this project, and my gut reaction was, “No, I am afraid to share, I don’t want people to hate me”. In the past few days, so much hatred towards people has been spread across social media that it has made me afraid to share my opinions publicly. I have seen so many posts about how Republicans are deplorable homophobic, racist, bigots that it has made me afraid to say that I typically side Republican. No, I am not a homophobe, no I am not racist, and I am by no means ignorant. When sharing my beliefs, I tend to say that I am “socially liberal, but otherwise conservative”. I believe in human rights, I believe in spreading love not hate, and I believe in the freedom to be whoever you want to be. In addition to that, I believe that recent events have given Republicans across the nation a bad name. Not all of us want to see people lose their rights, not all of us want to recall recent social progress, and not all of us were happy with the party nominee. I was upset to see that someone so extreme earned the nomination, as I felt that I had no candidate to fully represent my beliefs. And I feel that I am not alone in this belief. Many people I had spoken to about the election said they had a hard time choosing a side, as they felt neither candidate represented them enough to fully earn their vote. People were just as distraught as I was, desperately trying to choose a side, feeling as though they had to pick one but not being able to.

I know and care about many liberals who became fearful after the events of Tuesday night. I did not want sharing my opinion to hurt them or make them feel as though I am against them. But in speaking to my friend, I learned that my feelings were appreciated by the people who are currently afraid. I learned that many Democrats want to hear from people like me; people who may not fully identify with their beliefs, but still have respect for them and care about them as human beings. This conversation relieved me, and compelled me to share what I have to say: not all Republicans are full of hate, and not all want to deny anyone their rights. People like me want to allow social freedom and diversity in America. I believe that we should all unite, Democrat, Republican, or other. This election brought out the worst in many people, but we all need to move past that, and need to unite now more than ever. A divide has been created and is growing far too strong. Many people have been forced into a label that does not fit them. The results of the election are what they are, but I believe as a country we can work together to try to find a solution. It is time for us as a country to come together, and disprove the stereotypes that have become far too popular.