Usually I try and avoid writing about politics. Mostly because I don’t entirely understand everything going on (especially from this year) and I don’t think I would be a good person to write about it with authority. But the results of this election in the US scares me, and I should point out that it really doesn’t affect me. I am a white woman living in Scotland. Apart from trade between the UK and US possibly being affected, Trump being nominated as president doesn’t affect me.
But these results make it clear that there are a growing number of people in the world who would hate another because of the colour of their skin or who they love. I should point out that though some of the people who voted for Trump are racists not all of them are. I imagine there are some very well educated people who voted for Trump because they genuinely believed he was the best choice. But you can’t deny that Trump being elected as president validates the feelings in those people who don’t think races should mix, who don’t think you can love whoever you want. And that’s scary.
I’m reminded of that quote that goes along the lines of bad people can do bad things because good people stood aside and did nothing. In light of this news I think the best thing we can do is call out instances of racism or hatred. Don’t let people think it’s okay to get away with it. Don’t be a Dolores Umbridge. Vote in elections and make your voice heard. I realise the voting system in the US is extremely complicated (this website does a good job at explaining it) but your vote still counts. I should point out in regards to voting I mean everyone all over the world should vote if they are given the chance. Not specifically those in the UK or US.
Another thing you should remember is that you still need to vote even if you don’t want to vote for the people on the ballot. This is apparently a bad idea because it gives more votes to the candidate with the majority of support (don’t ask me how it works I read it on Wikipedia). But if you don’t want to vote for the people on the ballot you can write in another name or draw faces on it or something else. But by doing that your vote still gets counted. You still get a say. Which you wouldn’t do if you didn’t vote at all.
I realise I’m probably quite late in saying all this, but on the global scale I really don’t have much reach and I don’t think writing a post about voting would have convinced people to go out and do it. All I can say now is there has been a lot of nastiness going around and judging from what happened after the Brexit vote I can only imagine that is going to get worse. So I’m going to say right here, you will not be judged in this space no matter your age, where you come from, the colour of your skin, religion, disability, sexuality or gender. That is really all I can do.