Are We Truly Peaceful?

“Let us remember we are all part of one America family. We are united in common values, and that includes belief in equality under the law, basic respect for public order, and the right of peaceful protest.” -Barack Obama

On Monday, our class read an article on how the election should be and that no matter who wins, the loser should support the victor and their values. However, after the elections, many were shocked at the results and realized how “America is doomed” or how “Clinton should’ve won.” In response to the results, many people all around the country have been “peaceful” protesting, but are they really peaceful? Insulting others, arguing with each other, and beating people to the ground. Are these really peaceful? It has come to my disappointment to also hear about how many people, even at FVHS, have been insulting others about their beliefs and values, even though we have learned to respect one another all this time. No matter who wins, we should be able to respect each other’s beliefs and opinions and we shouldn’t use these against others. These vulgar reactions to the election are truly the things us as American citizens have always wanted to prevent, but here we are now. Have we really lived up to the Americans we always thought we would be?

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