Living in the Chicagoland area my entire life has been something I’ve always loved. There’s always something going on, always something to do, always somewhere you want to be. Living in the suburbs has given my family and I the luxury of having a quiet life that’s only 20-30 minutes from the great city of Chicago.
On a recent trip to the city for a date, I came across a very small anti-Trump rally. It was maybe 15 people at the most; getting a few people to stop and sign or listen to them here and there. The city had 3 police to stand around them and make sure it was a peaceful protest; something very modest. Keep in mind it was a Wednesday evening, not the prime time for prominent protest.
This sparked my interest because it got me thinking about all the other protests that take place not only in Chicago, but around the country. Who are the people that are throwing them? What is their motivation? Is this something that is helping the cause?
As some who doesn’t really like Donald Trump, these protests are always something I look at and and like to show support for. For me, having a mental illness, following the news closely to hear what is going on that will eventually pertain to me, is something that I like to be informed on. But what about the other people?
For many, Trumps stance on immigration laws and regulations is a main reason people have a problem with him. Many people in the United States have family past and present that have moved here from other countries to start a new life; to better themselves. That is what America was built on long ago.
When the President of the United States is against people of minorities, and publicly makes that fact known, even if it is “unintentional,” people get very upset. They have every right to be upset. That’s their family members, friends, people they love that are going to be deported. They might never get to see or hear from them again.
My point being, protests are good. Small or large, it’s a way for people of all nationalities, from all socioeconomic backgrounds to be heard in some way shape or form. They are out their handing out fliers, yelling into megaphones to get their voice heard, taking to people on the street; all while being respectful and peaceful.
Seeing the protest on a Wednesday night in Chicago, I saw many people in cars, on bikes, walking, that were taking pictures and videos. Some were laughing, some were nodding along to what they were saying, some were just listening.
From my perspective, I thought the people that the people that were laughing, more than likely were Trump supporters, were being very rude. It’s everybody’s own right to have their views, but I feel that in those situations, you should just keep moving. You don’t have to agree, but to make fun of people doing what they believe in isn’t the right way to show disagreement.
Showing disagreement is something I believe should be done in a respectable way. Maybe that’s just how I was raised, but I believe disagreement should be handled face to face, having a discussion on your beliefs, ideas, and values. Everyone is different, everyone has their own options, they should be talked about in a civil manner.
For me and my family and friends, I am not afraid to say what I believe. I know that the people in my life with sit down and talk about them in a respectable way. When the conversations get tense, we know when to quit, and we know that we can work it out or come to an agreement to not talk about them anymore.
My hope for the future is that we, as a country, can finally come together and talk about the major issues that we face respectably, without violence coming in. Violence is never the answer; taking the time to talk it out can be.