Trump Will Turn Out to Be Great
By Victoria Banowsky (University of Notre Dame Undergraduate)
These past few years I have grown weary. I have been disheartened. I have been all too frustrated with our corrupt government. But mostly, I have been frustrated and hurt by all the racism and hate. And not by who you would think.
I attended High School at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. A wonderful school with a very liberal, socially passionate student body. However, I did not graduate without first being hurt and bullied because of my race and political identity. I am a white conservative. And purely due to this fact people hated me. People that did not know me hated me. My best friend went on the summer Europe trip with our school and informed me that several of my peers, all of whom have never taken the time to have a conversation with me, spent an entire lunch discussion defaming me and condemning me for being stupid and hateful and an all-around bad human being. A peer once told me that I was not entitled to my own opinion because it was shitty.
My sister still goes to this school and this election week has experienced the same thing. A student posted a photo of her on Instagram, angered by the photo she posted advocating for Trump, and captioned it “this dumb f*****g racist a**c***.” My sister is the most loving person I know. She is in fact socially liberal, but in all other areas conservative. We both have mixed race and gay family members and none of them, in fact no one who knows us personally, would ever say we were racist or homophobic or hateful. Someone told me this election that I was a pro-fascist, rich white girl and they said, “blah blah blah I can’t hear you over your white prejudice.”
In my high school, opinions are oppressed. People are stereotyped by their race and political identity in the name of tolerance not unlike those who have been stereotyping Trump supporters in response to the election. For those of us who have had the leftist agenda shoved down our throats and who have been invalidated in the name of equality for the past few years, this election brings our hope back. It brings our voice back. My sister and I no longer have to feel invalidated by our peers. People said they were shocked by how racist and hateful the half of America is that voted for Trump; they are afraid. But what they are really shocked by is how tired we are of feeling ignored and oppressed. There is nothing to fear, we aren’t trying to take away their rights or their voice. We just want ours back.
Trump will turn out to be great, no matter what class of people you are in. Hopefully then, people will realize, despite what they are saying about trump supporters now, that they have been too loose with the term “racist."