A New Year, A New Era

AUTHOR: Ashley Benedict

2017. 

A year that we all put so much hope into, so much faith in the future. And for some of us, we may still have that hope; for others, all hope may seem lost. For those who feel downhearted, or afraid, or angry, I give you one piece of advice: use these emotions to drive you forward. Push yourself to keep fighting, to keep raising your voice against injustice, because now is when we need it more than ever.

An era is ending. An era filled with progress, unity, and above all, hope.

A new era is beginning. One where the future remains uncertain, where the scales are being tipped, where tensions are rising across the nation. Nobody likes change. For some, this change is seen positively, and for others, it’s devastating. But one thing remains certain: we must all stick together. We have spent the past 8 years getting comfortable, knowing that POTUS had our backs when it came to situations of injustice. Now, our futures are uncertain. Will the marriage equality act be rescinded? Will abortion be made illegal? What is the fate of our Muslim brothers and sisters? Our immigrant families? How will the election of an accused sexual predator affect the already existing rape culture in our country?

These questions are but a few that entered my mind after the election, and continue to as the inauguration inches closer. Uncertainty is, above all else, absolutely terrifying to me. However, I do believe that some good can come from this. We have the ability to salvage at least a small amount of positivity from an otherwise unsavory situation.

For the next 4 years, I advise us all to work four times faster, to speak up four times louder, and to fight back four times harder. What is the point of being an activist if you don’t persevere under the most extreme of circumstances? Injustice is injustice, and we must pull ourselves together to push back against it.

Instead of a New Year’s resolution, I suggest we all make resolutions for this New Era. We will not be intimidated. We will not be disheartened. We will not be silenced.

Think about it.

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