Emily Hyde has been in journalism for three years and is now an editor in chief. She has a passion for dance and journalism, and hopes to get the opportunity...
We are the problem
December 13, 2017
What if I said Trump is not the problem. Yes, he is a problem- and yes, he is the cause of many, many problems, but Trump, himself, is not the problem.
What does it say about our country that we allowed him to become our president? What does it say about our country that we normalized his unacceptable behavior? And what does it say about our culture that we have allowed this idiot to become celebrated like some child, who seems to keep getting chance after chance in order to prove us wrong?
Well, I gave Trump a chance; that is why I am writing this more than a year after this man was elected- to prove that the same despicable behavior he showed us in 2016 is still just as despicable now. It is not normal. It is not okay. It must be changed.
But the root of the problem is not one ignorant man who has brought out every ounce of hate this country seems to possess. The root of the problem is the society that elected him. What if he is a reflection of us? I know- scary, right?
Four years will pass by, and hopefully before then, Trump will no longer be in the White House. But that does not mean the problem is solved. Trump did not create this hateful and ignorant society; he is merely a result of it. And as scary as it is to remove the blame from someone who so easily deserves it, it must be done in order to resolve the true problem. Now, do not mistake this for tolerance. While addressing the cause of this monster, we must continue to protest his behavior and make it known that his hypocrisy and utter lack of concern for the American people will not be tolerated and will not be normalized.
Every other day, there is a new scandal, misleading tweet or proposed policy that should cause an uproar, but does not. I understand that the worry and stress of keeping up with the latest absurdities in the White House can be exhausting, but since when did sexist comments, racial slurs and direct dishonesty with the American people become the norm? Well, maybe since those horrendous ideals became ingrained into the beliefs of too many Americans. Trump is an embarrassment to the nation and world, but unless we address this problem at the root of it, he will only be the first of many failures to come.