Underrepresented groups to remain on the fringes

Election confirms nation’s fears toward minorities


By Roxana Amparo, Editor-in-Chief

In the eyes of millions of marginalized groups, a vote for Donald Trump is a vote for racism, misogyny, xenophobia, Islamophobia and the separation of undocumented people from their families.

The people of the United States of America, who had the privilege of voting, have spoken and have chosen the greater of two evils as their next president.

Over the next four years, millions of innocent, hard-working undocumented people, as well as citizens living on the fringes of society, will have to navigate a social minefield.

This all stems from a decision that people who offer little consideration to the difficulties these groups face in life made for them.

In some ways electing a Republican president who stands for the oppression and dehumanization of minority groups is a symbol of what America has always been.

But now, closeted racists who have been silent for years, angry at America’s attempt at inclusion,  have finally erupted.

After feeling left behind, they now have a powerful platform and a representative to voice their opinion that America should shift its ideals back to an era resembling something less integrated.

According to exit polls taken on Election Day, 63 percent of white men and 52 percent of white women voted for the Republican Party candidate for president, while the Democratic Party candidate had higher percentages from African-American and Latino/a men and women.

Those who voted for Trump knew what he stood for (and more importantly against) because it was talked about throughout the primary season and his presidential campaign.

Whether supporting the divisive rhetoric intentionally or unintentionally, the message is loud and clear for marginalized minority groups.

It was felt across the demographic spectrum by people of all ages.

This may be difficult to understand for someone who is not directly affected by Trump’s election. But for many people in the affected minority groups, anxiety is a real emotion.

If someone who comes from a place of privilege wants to show support, listening is the best way to open the lines of communication.

It’s unfair to make members of groups targeted by Republican rhetoric feel as if what they believe is not valid when the message being sent is loud and clear.

I am afraid for the women and young girls who will have to live in a world where those who commit sexual assault can become president.

It is a world where transgender people will be harassed, Muslims will be targeted and every hard-working person of color who woke up the morning after election will be that much more insignificant.

It is draining for so many to feel irrelevant in a place where they have tried so hard to make a living for themselves and for their families.

The 61 million people who voted for Trump are essentially telling immigrants, Muslims, the LGBT+ community, people with disabilities and other marginalized citizens he targeted throughout his campaign that it’s OK to make them the scapegoat for America’s “decline.”

It’s OK if women and young girls continue to be sexually harassed and assaulted.

It’s OK if undocumented people are seen as “rapists” and “criminals” and (to you) their dehumanization is tolerable.

A vote for Trump, because of the promises he made, by definition is connected to this belief.

Trump said he plans to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants once he officially makes the White House his home on inauguration day — Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

According to Homeland Security’s immigration report from 2012, 11.4 million undocumented immigrants live in the U.S.

America, the land of the free and home of the brave, has placed fear into the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants.

If renewing the American Dream means getting rid of support for Dreamers, then maybe it is time for us to stop dreaming and start taking a stance against procedures that are against what we were taught is the American way.

It could be a conversation, an action in the community or even peaceful (or unlawful) protest like the ones that have been happening around the nation since election results were announced early Wednesday morning.

Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but once those opinions create black holes for minority groups and marginalized communities, they become personal attacks.

As a direct result of Trump’s promises throughout his campaign, I can honestly say that I am feeling a mixture of anger, fear and confusion.

I am afraid because now the dreams of other undocumented people could end at the whim of a reality TV host.

Trump established his campaign on the backs of undocumented people.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…

“They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.

And some, I assume, are good people,” Trump said, during his speech announcing his intention to run for the presidency at Trump Tower in New York City on June 16, 2015.

I feel for those millions of immigrant families who may be torn apart if Trump keeps his promises to overturn Obama’s Executive Order induced programs on day one of his presidency.

These programs include Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that gives temporary relief from deportation, a two-year work permit and hope to those qualifying undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

DACA, the program, provides temporary relief from deportation and a two-year work permit to qualifying young adults ages 15 to 30 who were brought to the U.S. as children. It is also a program that I personally have benefited from.

According to the U.S. Citizen and Resource Center, 77 (428,000) percent of DACA applicants are Mexican, and from Aug. 15, 2012 to March 31, 2014, 553,197 applications were approved.

And the number has grown since initial statistics were compiled.

But from this point on, and probably even after Trump’s presidency begins, the “land of the free” has put shackles on them with the normalization of dehumanization.

For a long time, many Americans have been secretive about their thoughts and beliefs, but with the endorsement of racism, misogyny and xenophobia, one can only wonder what will happen next.