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Albertina Arce
almost 3 years San Francisco, CA, United States Story
A thought

The expression of political views is often viewed as entering “treacherous waters” because your moral integrity is questioned alongside it. In supporting a certain view, or candidate, you are directly attaching yourself to their beliefs and their ideas so the respect of allowing these opinions to be seen is necessary. They give an individual a social, political, economic and personal identity. this is crucial to our existence in society because at the end of the day they are OPINIONS. Views that are much larger than yourself, views you can never change simply because they are not yours. So why is it that I, alike so many others, question my ability to express my concern about the recent election results? Why do I feel uncomfortable to say that I am not comfortable? Why are there educated individuals my age that deny the ability to feel unsafe in their own country simply because they’ve never experienced what it was like to feel different? You're looked at differently because of how you looked, how you loved and where you came from. As a 1st generation Filipina I have seen the beauty and the ugliness of the country that I call home. In present day you come across people that tell you “you’re so cool for an asian” or “I thought you were asian, why aren’t you amazing at math?”; people assimilate you to a category, you become filtered as a “type”. You get used to it because your difference becomes your identity. So when I’m expressing my views on this election, why I feel so strongly about a candidate who’s major means of reform banks on the idea of alienating an entire ethnic population and negating the beliefs of an entire religion, I look back and think to the times when I was 5 years old and my kindergarten friends and I played Power Puff Girls, and they told me to be “Buttercup” because I had dark hair like hers, a complexion like hers, because I could never look like redheaded Blossom or blonde Bubbles. I think about how I felt, how I accepted the fact that I could never look white or be white. And that was how the way things were. Sadly, this is but an instance of a time I’ve witnessed discrimination first hand and it wouldn’t be the last. This is why it is especially hard for me to support a candidate that gained votes from voters who openly expressed racial bias and openly expressed support for immigration reform that generates the idea that immigrants aren’t real americans. Real people identified with these views, real people voted for someone that preached them, people who would have agreed with my playmates: the idea that I could never be anyone else but Buttercup. As a millennial, while although I haven’t lived through many decades, I’ve lived through a lot. I’ve lived enough to hope that in ten years things would be different… to see things move backwards and to see a country unconcerned about the unrepresented, I am deeply concerned. I am heartbroken. So that’s my opinion, I’ve expressed it, even though I was weary of it. That is all. 

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  • Courtney Dercqu
    Courtney Dercqu Content Marketing Strategist & Writer
    almost 3 years ago

    I'm glad you felt safe enough to share your opinion on here. How has life been for you since the results of the election?

    I'm glad you felt safe enough to share your opinion on here. How has life been for you since the results of the election?

Student at the University of Notre Dame, Class of 2019 International Economics & International Development

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