Over the past week, people are beginning to move into separate factions after this very divisive election. Some have screamed hateful slogans and been physically intimidating to minorities, while others have moved into a faction that is unaccepting of Donald Trump as the president-elect.
Last week the FBI announced that there has been a spike in hate crimes. This could be attributed to that division.
Our Constitution guarantees freedom of speech. During the campaign, Trump was outspoken about his wish to open the libel laws and make it easier for people to sue media outlets. A move like that in this nation could be a way to destroy the truth and freedom of the press, a foundation of our democracy.
This paper believes everyone has a right to express their views and disappointment in the election. However, an attempt by either faction to spout hateful rhetoric or act on that rhetoric is totally unacceptable in a democracy.
We may disagree strongly with even the idea of President-elect Trump, but we cannot change the outcome. As time passes and the people begin to process what happened on Election Day, we will rigorously share our opposing view on Trump’s choices for cabinet positions as well as policy issues.
This paper will certainly take a position on policies that are harmful to our community and our nation.
But violence and hate of one group against another is not acceptable in a democracy.
Now more than ever, an outspoken advocacy on the issues and performance must be the choice of action. We will not accept hate or physical violence.