WASHINGTON, November 10, 2016 — In the two days since Donald Trump became president-elect, thousands of protesters have taken to streets to air their grievances against the soon to be president, demonstrating continued divisions in the country.
More than 2,000 protesters in downtown Chicago chanted “not my president” outside of Trump’s Chicago hotel.
Protesters closed a major highway in Los Angeles and Oakland, where police were forced to fire tear gas and flash-bang grenades to control the crowd.
At American University, students burned a U.S. flag and chanted “Hey hey! Ho ho! White supremacy’s got to go!”
Students at Berkeley High School in California staged a walkout. Berkeley University sent out an email attempting to calm students down.
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“Be gentle with yourselves and take care of each other,” said an email sent to Berkeley students from four of the university’s vice chancellors and others. “We know that the results of yesterday’s election have sparked fear and concern among many in our community; in particular our immigrant and undocumented communities, Muslim, African American, Chicanx/Latinx, LGBTQ+, Asian and Pacific Islander communities, survivors of sexual assault, people with disabilities, women, and many others.”
Minorities took to the streets airing their concern about how Trump will tackle issues of policing and immigration. Anti-Trump protesters like former NAACP President Ben Jealous are considering this time an opportunity for minorities to group together and make a difference.
“The resistance begins today.” “We must build the most robust movements we have ever known to defend our rights and those of our neighbors, protect our planet, end poverty, and shift the world away from war and towards peace.”
During Trump’s victory speech, he said he would be president for all Americans. Trump supporters responded to the protests by cheering outside Trump Tower in New York. This anti-Trump movement shows how the election has turned Americans against each other. This has to be one of the most ugly elections in America’s history.