Ben Croll Hashtag Activism

The hashtag that I chose to discuss is #notmypresident. This is a hashtag that appeared after Donald Trump won the 2016 election. The video in this post touches on some of causes behind this result and the emotions of people on the losing side. I am not a Trump supporter and I voted against him but I can’t get behind this hashtag. I believe that this hashtag demonstrates the unwillingness of some people to understand failure. I do not think that we should stand idly by while President Trump continualy misrepresents us, rather,  we should make our voices heard. However saying that he is in fact not our president is removing yourself from the political system of our country. Those who do not want to participate in their government can’t demand to be heard from that government. It is the same logic that backs my belief that men can not tell women about their reproductive rights, its not something that we participate in except by proxy.

I think that this outrage stems from the increasing fear of failure instilled in Americans by modern formal education, but that is a story for another post. The Democratic Party failed this election, and if you really want change put down your phone and do something.

Sources:

Huffington Post, “Stop saying ‘not my president'” by Nancy Arroyo Ruffin

Jonathan Pie on YouTube, “Donald Trump: How & Why…”

 

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