By: Imani Walker
The presidential inauguration in Washington D.C. was on Jan. 20, 2017 at 11 a.m. to commemorate the presidency of Donald Trump. This induction will mark the commencement of our new president’s four-year term, and it will inform the people of president Trump’s intentions as our new leader.
While this day was suppose to be filled with praise and celebration, it brought out hate, rage, and objection from the American people. Trump’s presidency begins with mass protests leaving six police officers injured and more than two-hundred Americans arrested at his inauguration.
An outbreak of marching and chaos erupted onto the streets of Chicago, New York, Seattle, Dallas, and Portland Friday during the inauguration. Anti-Trump protesters expressed their frustration and rage towards our new president by vandalizing property and disrupting the ceremony.
Such protesting organizations like the J20 Collective were formulated to reject all forms of domination and oppression in order to protect all American people.
“If there is going to be a positive change in this society, we have to make it ourselves, together, through direct action.” The Disrupt J20 Collective said. Protesting started provoking officers to launch smoke and flash-bang devices to try and disperse the unwanted crowds.
Donald Trump’s inaugural address was rooted around immigrants and “foreign ravages” who have taken over our country. It showed a real consistency with the themes of change he promised and negative language that he used during his campaign.
He promises to make America great again and fight for us until his very last breath. Trump identifies the problems in our country and assures us that America will be restored into a beautiful, united, “radical Islamic terrorist” free nation. “We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams” Trump reiterated.
In denial about the effects of his reign, Trump renames the day as the “National Day of Patriotic Devotion”, referring to patriotism he will lean on that will “heal the country’s divisions”. Trump explains to the people the possibility of what will happen when we approach our new beginnings with open arms. Allowing patriotism in your heart will leave no room for prejudice to get in Trump said after being sworn in.
On a day that’s suppose to acknowledge growth and light for our people’s future was held on a cold, rainy winter day that seemed to only acknowledge power and negativity. As Americans, we should pray for better days and hope that that light in fact does find Trump, or we’ll be in for a rude awakening. So to America, the land of the “free”, let’s hope for “change we can believe in”.