Well, I think it is safe to say that the start of this new presidential administration has been anything but smooth. Keeping good on many campaign promises thus far, President Trump has managed to alienate just about every decent person in the country right now. Immediately following and during his inauguration, protests broke out all over the country. And the largest inauguration protest in US history took place just one day after his swearing in on January 21, 2017. The Women’s March on Washington is the single largest inauguration protest in history with an estimated 4 million people participating in the United States and around the world. That’s right, you read that correctly, around the world. From the coasts of Australia to the streets of London to Antarctica, the world joined the citizens of the United States and united around solidarity and standing up to hate. Something that the President ran on during his campaign. We are trying to show the world that we will not tolerate hate, bigotry, xenophobia, homophobia or anything like that in this country. We are better than that.
So right now in the country we are at a vital moment. We are at a defining moment. And we have a question to answer, What does it mean to be an American in 2017? It isn’t as simply as you think. We live in a time where a person elected to office has signed 20 executive orders in just 8 days that are seeming to redefine what and who we are as a country. We live in a time where just the mere thought of protesting these actions has people questioning your allegiance or patriotism. So what does it mean to be an American in 2017? Does it mean that you just accept things as they are? Or does it mean that you fight back for those who can’t fight for themselves?
When you look back at history you can see a pattern of resistance against injustice, just as we are seeing today. We don’t look at those protests and marches as anything but patriotic and heroic. So why is it different today? Why is there such a hang up on the resistance movement we are seeing today? There are 65 million Americans who are trying to fight back as we speak. They are standing up to the injustices that are happening and it hasn’t even been a month yet. They are defining right now what it means to be an American and it means that we don’t take things lying down. We overcome and we persevere. So to those just taking a back seat, I ask you, what does it mean to be an American in 2017 to you?