November 10, 2016
To the Members of the Trinity Community:
During the past 48 hours, we have all felt a range of emotions. Surprise. Disappointment. Fear. We worry for ourselves and our classmates, our friends and families, our nation and our future. For the past year, we have witnessed Donald Trump spew hate in an effort to campaign for the presidency. At the same time, we have watched Hillary Clinton, the first ever woman to run for president, promise us equality for all. Between building walls or making bridges, it seemed like an easy choice.
On November 8th, 2016, Americans chose a path that was very different from the one that we had hoped and planned for. We do not deny that, in this moment, the future feels bleak.
Friends, family—where do we go from here? Starting today, let us come together. Let this be our rallying cry. Let us remember that the man propped up in the White House was placed there by the people and thus, he answers to us. And let us not forget what is truly plaguing America: our division.
As students, we came to Trinity with ambitions to learn, to expand our minds and to expose ourselves to new worldviews. Going forward, let us be students outside of the classroom. Let us listen to what has happened and why it has happened. Let us be teachers, too. Let us engage and discuss and fight for what is right and good and just.
We hope that none of you are so disheartened that you will shy away from politics, but rather that you are awakened, that you realize that our country needs us now more than ever. This country’s well being, its future, its success, its peace, is all in our hands. For the next four years and for the rest of our lives, we will reject any normalization of hate, any act of hate, any form of hate. We will listen and teach when there are chances to do so. We will fight.
We will fight the walls that Trump has advocated for, because we believe in bridges. November 8th has taught us that those bridges are going to take a lot more work—but hard work has never scared us. It has never deterred us. We do not give up. We are resilient, we are fighters, and we are the strongest among the many because we are fighting for love.
Finally, for those of you who are a part of the LGBTQ community, for those of you who are undocumented, disabled, Muslim or have been victim to racism, sexism or police brutality—please, know that you are not alone. We stand beside you, in solidarity. We will fight every day, in every way that we can, together.
Today is not an end. It is a beginning. Let us never again stand divided, as we were on November 8th.
Emily Dowden and Alicia Abbaspour
Editors-in-Chief of The Beacon Newsmagazine