“Take this message to my brother. You will find him everywhere. Wherever people live together. Tied in poverty’s despair. You, telling me the things you’re gonna do for me. I ain’t blind and I don’t like what I think I see. Taking it to the streets.”
Since the election of President-elect Donald Trump, those who felt most threatened by his campaign rhetoric have taken their dissatisfaction with his election, along with their frustrations and fears, to the nation’s streets.
From the coast of California to the communities of Washington, D.C. to the Trump Towers in New York City, citizens are rising-up out of fear for themselves, their families and the future of the country.
The protests sprang up organically Wednesday morning and by Wednesday night had spread from coast to coast.
In the greater Los Angeles area, several freeways were shut down by protesters including the 10, 101 and on Friday, twenty women halted traffic on the 405 Freeway. The women carried signs that called for unity.
For the most part the protests have remained peaceful; however, by Thursday evening frustration and disappointment with election outcome grew even more intense.
In California, there were dozens of arrests up and down the state from the Bay area to Los Angeles to San Diego.
In Oregon, police declared the gatherings in that state as riots—in Portland, thousands confronted police and threw bottles and rocks—dozens were arrested. In Seattle, Washington dozens were arrested as thousands gathered in protest.
From coast to coast, people are rising-up in protest and making their voices heard regarding Trump’s election and the racist, misogynistic and xenophobic platform he ran on; and already, there are reported incidents of discrimination being perpetrated against minority groups by Trump supporters as they celebrate his election.
The Washington Post has reported that all of the Black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania were added to a racist social media chat group called “N—- Lynching” that included racial slurs and a daily lynching calendar.
CBS News reported Muslim women are being harassed. In New York, a Muslim woman was yelled at for wearing a hijab. She told reporters the attacker told her to, “take it off,” and that she was not allowed to wear it anymore.
At San Diego State University, a female student wearing a hijab was confronted and robbed in a parking structure; while at San Jose State University, another Muslim student was reportedly choked as a man pulled and grabbed her hijab from behind.
Across the nation, many Hispanic children and their parents worry about the possibility of deportation round-ups. In Vice-President elect Mike Pence’s home town of Columbus, Indiana and elsewhere in the nation, Hispanic children have been taunted at school with shouts of, “build the wall.”
Those who do not support the President-elect have expressed concern regarding what lies ahead and point to the promises Trump made during the campaign. His promise to build a wall between the United States and Mexico; deport 12 million undocumented immigrants; ban all Muslims; re-implement stop and frisk; repeal the Affordable Health Care Act and cancel the Paris Agreement, just to name a few.
In the meantime, the Loyal White Knights of Pelham, North Carolina, one of the largest Ku Klux Klan groups in the nation has announced its plans to hold a parade in celebration of Trump’s election on December 3rd.
Thursday night, in response to the growing protests, Trump was harshly critical of the protesters in a tweet he posted on his Twitter account. He wrote, "Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair.” On Friday morning Trump appeared to have second thoughts about his message and tweeted how much he loved the protesters’ “passion for our great country.”