Those who voted for Donald Trump aren’t anti-American, and many marginalized Americans interpret a vote for Trump as a vote against them and their well-being. And while those who are disenfranchised would have been disenfranchised had the results of the election been different, these Americans also need to be heard.
As an “older” Millennial (I just turned 35 this week), I’ve also had the opportunity to work with other Millennials from all walks of life—urban, professionals, academic, some with money and some without, some who are religious and some who are not. Millennials are just as varied as any other people group, and there are also similarities among us. If you want to reach Millennials, understand that we are vastly unique.
Every day we encounter one another through lenses colored by social hierarchy—consciously and unconsciously. The conclusions we draw are rooted in the beliefs we hold about how people are classified and what their perceived value is based on their social classifications.
What I do know is when we are loud doing anything we do—winning, playing, running, dancing, creating, loving, sweating, singing, laughing, and even swimming—we are loud because, in that moment, we are free.
The circumstances of people living in poverty can be unimaginable, and there are things we can do to lessen the severity of all our situations so that everyone has opportunities to accomplish goals and achieve dreams.
I don’t want to vote for Hillary Clinton just because she’s a woman, but frankly, it’s about time we move toward a society where women are valued for their leadership because we all know that behind the scenes, women are really the ones holding it all together.