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Protests – and praise – over Donald Trump’s election

November 22, 2016 11:47 am by: Category: News, Top Stories 2 Comments A+ / A-

By Courtney Knudson gargoyle@flagler.edu
ST. AUGUSTINE – Cities across America have seen a backlash since Donald Trump won the presidency. On Monday, leaders of demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, were arrested after the protest turned violent.

In St. Augustine, residents held a peaceful protest of their own on Nov. 11, drawing in nearly 100 people.

According to the protest’s Facebook event, called “We Will Not Be Silenced – Anti-Hate Protest,” the demonstration’s purpose was not targeting Donald Trump or his supporters.thumbnail_protes10

“I think what’s misconstrued about this event is the purpose. This is not an anti-Trump protest. It’s an anti-hate protest,” said Courtney Boyle, a junior at Flagler College. “I don’t think people have a problem with Trump as much as they have a problem with the hateful rhetoric he is spreading.”

The Facebook event stated that the protest was created to take a stance on “Trump’s stated position of misogyny, racism, anti-LGBTQ rights and violence, and anti-environmental priorities.”

Protesters used words like “heartbroken”, “disgusted” and “horrified” to describe their reaction when they heard the election results. “I feel like I’m living in the 1950s,” said Flagler College junior Maxwell Stone.thumbnail_protest6

Stone said that although he’s a straight white male, he was fearful for his friends who are gay, black, Muslim, bisexual, or illegally living in the United States. “It’s a world of hatred now. You’re legitimizing hatred,” he said. “And even if you argue that only 10 to 15 percent of the supporters are racist, congratulations, you just gave them a voice.”

Boyle agreed with Stone. She said that even though she is not gay or a minority, she fears that the hatred would become an issue for her friends who had fought so hard for the rights that they have. “To think that they could be taken away in the blink of an eye, that’s terrifying,” she said.

Nearly all of the protesters admitted that they knew that little could be done about the election results, but said protesting was the best way to make their voice heard. College sophomore Hasani Malone said that she realized standing on the street wouldn’t get Trump impeached, but she felt it was important to speak out. “I wanted take back the voice that I felt like I lost during the election and I got to do that,” she said. “I can’t take off my skin color after a long day of being oppressed. I shouldn’t have to fear for my life more than I already do. Nobody should.”thumbnail_protest5

Dakota Niswonger, a senior at Flagler College, echoed Malone’s sentiments. “The real goal of a protest is to show that you will not be silenced, that you will never stop fighting. That’s all it is,” he said.

Niswonger said he wasn’t surprised that Trump won, but that he was not planning on remaining silent. “When they try to invalidate a protest by saying ‘It won’t accomplish anything’, well it’s not supposed to accomplish anything. It’s supposed to show that we will not simply roll over and take it, we will not be silent, and we are not afraid to speak up.”

The protest, while peaceful, was not without opposition. Dillon Gold, a senior a Flagler College, said the protesters did not staying true to their message of preventing hate. “They’re wearing ‘F*ck Trump’ shirts. The hypocrisy is unbelievable,” he said. “I don’t understand where the hate they’re talking about is coming from.”

Another man held a sign with Hillary Clinton’s face that said, “She lost get over it.”

Aurdra Gass, an Army veteran, stood on the opposite side of the street along with other Trump supporters.

“I spent 22 years of my life serving this country, so I’m happy these people are out here,” she said. “It shows freedom of speech, but we won fair and square.”

thumbnail_protest11Drivers in cars passing by yelled obscenities out of their windows as they drove by. Several tourists on the street whispered, “That’s what they’re teaching these kids?” as they shuffled past. Online, opinion columns from media outlets like Fox News and the Boston Herald have referred to these national protests as “temper tantrums”. St. Augustine protesters resent that characterization.

Protesting is an inherently American thing to do, beginning with the Boston Tea Party, of all things, an incredibly violent protest where a large amount of property was destroyed,” said Niswonger. “If protesting is somehow the same thing as throwing a tantrum, then those who are saying such things would do well to remember that their entire country was founded by men who were ‘throwing a tantrum.’”

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Comments (2)

  • Ask4Essay.com

    I want to write reaction paper about Donald Trump election. Trump won fair and square like he was ALWAYS going to do. Get over it you wankers.?

  • Warren Celli

    Kudos to the anti-hate Trump protesters!

    But if you really want to stamp out hate you can start right here in Saint Augustine by protesting your oppressive and tyrannical KKK like city commission.

    Excerpt;

    “The only difference between the KKK and the Saint Augustine city commission is that the KKK is more open and honest about their hate and evil desires. They at least let you know where they stand. In stark contrast the closet KKK Saint Augustine city commission, that holds far more societally destructive self anointed elite attitudes of superiority, is exceedingly more devious and secretive about their imperiousness.

    Instead of dressing themselves in white robes and pointed hats, they deceptively clothe themselves instead in mentacide media, a corrupt rule of law, and the ruse contrived public relations pomp and circumstance and phony awards incessantly barfed out out by their lap dog media. These phony accolades and contrived awards are all meant to build legitimacy and trust — Nobel Peace prizes, Pulitzer prizes, Person Of The Year, Officer Of The Year, etc. Stories of humble beginnings abound, all meant to cast these evil pretenders as “I am just like you and me”. Gag me with a spoon! They apply their evil — their hate — to anyone who would dare compete with them on a fair and level playing field. The end result is that their secretive closet murders and destruction of others far exceeds that of the real KKK.”

    More here…

    http://saintaugdog.com/sadarticles/immoralsnobsignoretheir%20corruption.html

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