Dillard University Students React to President Trump

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Image of the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017

Americans consider their country to be one of the most multicultural and liberal in the world. As such, they have always strived to elect presidents who respected these differences and nurtured feelings of acceptance and unity among the population. The forty-fifth president of the United States has been in office for less than a week, yet his position has already been challenged in a number of ways, most notably, the Women’s March that took place the day after he was sworn in.

The Women’s March as explained by participant Jeanna Johnson- a sophomore at Dillard University- was a collaborative effort geared at promoting the rights of women and other minority groups such as the LGBT community and was an attempt to highlight their dismay with President Trump, his ideals, and the way he chose to structure his campaign. Miss Johnson went on to describe the atmosphere at the March as positive and uplifting. She spoke about the amazing feeling one gets when they become a part of something larger than themselves, something that could possibly be remembered as a life changing moment in history. She remembers being proud of the cohesiveness of the crowd and their willingness to sacrifice their time for a cause they believed in. In addition, Miss Johnson concluded that the ultimate hope of the participants was to bring to the fore the issues of women and other minority groups, to show that there was solidarity against President Trump and to make their individual voices stronger as one.

On the other hand, while many spectators respected the efforts of the participants of the Women’s March to bring recognition to their issues when asked it was clear that they were not completely sure about the aim of the event. Many Dillard university students and faculty members thought that it merely provided great visuals and that it was unlikely that the March would have an impact on the way Mr. Trump behaves or bring about political reform. A common sentiment expressed was that in order to truly be successful, there needed to be a continued effort behind the scenes aimed at bringing about change. There also seemed to be a belief that the movement needed to stay relevant in the media and that there should be forums where their issues were discussed with individuals in political positions of power.

However, while the Women’s March received split reviews, the issue that all Dillard personnel seemed to agree on is their disapproval of Donald Trump as president. Quite a few had a mouthful to say as to why Donald Trump was unfit to be president. Their concerns include; his preoccupation with seemingly insignificant issues such as building a wall while neglecting more pertinent issues such as education and healthcare, his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act without suggesting a worthy replacement, his tendency to catalyze divisive aspects of American society, the inept politicians he chose to fill his cabinet, his evasion of taxes as a businessman, the offensive words he uses to vocalizes his thoughts on certain issues, his lack of experience in public office, the unprofessional manner in which he handles criticism and just his overall lack of decorum as it relates to being a national leader.

Be that as it may, they were unable to come to a consensus as to whether Mr. Trump’s presidency would be for two terms or one. While all expressed a hope that he would not make it beyond four years, some were afraid that he would somehow manage to woo certain members of the population into voting for him again. After all, he did win this election despite largely unfavorable odds. On the other hand, many others believe that he will perform so poorly as president in his first term, that he would never be allowed another.

On account of this disapproval, it is safe to assume that Mr. Trump has quite a bit of work to do if he is to make amends for his shortcomings. While there are those who believe that he is beyond redemption, others have expressed a few ways that he could possibly earn their respect. The most commonly expressed way is for him to reach out to minority groups and others that he has isolated during his campaign, by becoming more informed on their issues and refraining from using polemic and derogatory words to address them. They also highlighted that he could gain their support if he could detail feasible plans for healthcare reform, educational reform, economic reform, immigration reform and foreign relations. Lastly, many individuals just want to be assured that Mr. Trump has America’s best interest at heart, and not merely the interest of persons like himself – White, male and privileged.

All things considered, could it be that the population is being too hard on President Trump? That they have deemed him a failure before he has even begun? Could it be that former president Obama was correct when advising the country to give him a fair chance? After all, we would not want Mr. Trump falling prey to the self-fulfilling prophecy. On the contrary, are we correct to be weary of his antics? These are all questions that many would like to be answered. However, all we can do is wait and observe the product of our democratic process and hope that his time as president will somehow leave America a better place.

Chevel Powell

Chevel Powell is an international student from Jamaica who currently studies at Dillard University. She intends to attend law school after completing her bachelors degree in Political Science. Her interests include; writing, reading, political analysis, volunteerism and taekwondo. She lives by the mantra "if it is to be, its up to me." She is commonly described as ambitious, assertive, goal oriented and altruistic.

 

Walker's Legacy is a growing global women in business collective founded to establish networks of empowerment and access for women of color in business.

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