College Campus Reactions to the Election
The 2016 election of Republican candidate Donald Trump has sparked many protests, rallies and hate crimes all over the United States but alarmingly more often on college campuses.
At New York University a prayer room for Muslim students was defaced, with “Trump!” written across the door.
“Our campus is not immune to the bigotry that grips America,” the NYU Muslim Students Association said.
At Texas State University there were flyers posted around the campus by “vigilante squads” that alarmed many students.
“Now that our man [Donald Trump] is elected and republicans own both the Senate and the House,” the flyer said. “Time to organize tar and feather vigilante squads and go arrest and torture those deviate university leaders spouting off all this diversity garbage.”
According to Matt Flores, a university spokesperson, the flyers are undergoing investigation and are considered criminal activity.
“I never really imagined that it would happen to this extent,” Texas State student Samantha Lopez said. “If this is what happened after not even 24 hours after he was elected I can’t think about what’s going to happen two years from now or four years from now if he is re-elected.”
These hate crimes aren’t exclusive to college campuses. Even in middle schools students are vandalizing the bathrooms, writing things like “#GoBackToAfrica.”
“It’s sad because these kids are going to be the ones to grow up and re-elect someone like that because of thing spouted to them by their parents and older siblings,” Junior Kaitlyn Kidd said. “Maybe even the ones who are terrorizing people on college campuses.”
Many students across the nation are standing up for themselves and for their classmates and letting all of America know exactly how they feel.
“As it became clear Hillary wasn’t going to win, it became clear we had to do something,” Tabitha Pitzer, a student at Oregon State University said.
It isn’t a shock that these protests are so common on college campuses because of the liberal majority of the generation.
“Young voters (18-29 years old) voted 55 percent to 37 percent in favor of Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton,” Howard student Julia Bryant said. “But for voters 65 and over, Trump held the majority of the votes.”
This young age range is predominantly undergraduates and graduate students on college campuses who feel wronged by their country, for electing a president who they feel will not protect them.
“I don’t think my vote counts enough for it to matter,” Anice Tee, a student at Oregon State University said. “Because we have the Electoral College and not a popular vote.”
Cornell University staged a “cry in” where students, dressed in black, got to express their concerns.
“Today we cry, but tomorrow we’ll fight against bigotry, racism, sexism, transphobia, xenophobia, islamophobia, anti-semitism, ableism, sexual assault, restrictive immigration policies, etc.” The Cornell Review said.
Some professors at Northwestern University postponed exams and classes to accommodate students who were struggling with the election.
“As we move beyond a divisive election, we therefore recognize the need for healing of those wounds,” Patricia Telles-Irvin said.
Some of this anti-Trump protesting was confused with anti-American protesting and was not as easily praised by the American public. At American University several students burned the American flag.
“We need not forget what the action symbolizes to those who did it,” President of the American University Student Government Devontae Torriente said. “A discontentment with the current state of our American society on behalf of several individuals of marginalized backgrounds.”
Some information courtesy of: dailysignal.com and star.txstate.edu