by Amory Thomas / Editor in Chief
Last month’s Logistics had an impact, however small, on campus. We featured some very strong political sentiments about President Elect Donald Trump. In my article titled “What’s next for the United States,” I made some very dramatic and arrogant statements, for which I would like to apologize. Being on Salem State University’s campus, and being part of a lesser privileged group of people, I know what it feels like to feel unsafe in an environment – and I feel no one deserves to feel unsafe or attacked for illegitimate reasons, especially if you are paying to be in that place, like college.
In the article, one of the main things I wish to apologize for is my flagrant and emotional critique of Trump supporters – while many of the supporters I know personally uphold the same racist, homophobic and xenophobic rhetoric that Trump stands for, not all of them do.
In this issue of Logistics, I hoped to get reactions from students who did vote for Trump, and try to understand why. However, I still think to myself – while not all Trump supporters believe the extremely negative attitudes to what make up the fear and hate mongering that people have developed through his candidacy, it’s the fact that many of them do. That’s the immediate problem we face with a Trump presidency – promoting the thinking that it’s okay to have these views.
However, I do not wish to apologize for voicing my fears for this country. I do not apologize for my criticism of a broken election system, nor for my criticizing how the media treated this election as if it were some reality show. I do not apologize for being worried for my LGBTQIA+ friends, who are genuinely terrified with having a vice president who believes in shock therapy to turn people straight. I will apologize for feeling disappointed in my country, in that they choose a man who has never been in public office, who is (in my opinion) one of the least qualified people to run our nation, over a woman (though flawed).
This election was a roller coaster – Trump’s current cabinet appointing is almost as much. The next four years are going to be watched closely with high criticism, mostly because we don’t know what is going to happen. This election went against all odds, and whether or not it was legitimate, this was truly an election that no one saw coming.
I cannot say that I am comfortable with Trump being my president, and I will not support him or any of his plans to export millions of undocumented immigrants, damper women’s rights, perpetuate racist rhetoric or any of the horrible things that he stands for.
I will support change. I support changing the way Americans feel towards each other, the election system and politics in general. Many people feel disillusioned with our government, and feel we need to do the opposite of what we’ve been doing to fix it. I can’t say whether there’s a right or wrong answer, but for now I can say we need to work together for the greater good and to establish what it means to be an American.
On the following [link], I have a “Letter to the Editor,” sent by Salem State University Trump supporters who felt they did not receive as much of a voice as they should have in the previous issue of Logistics.