By Varun Rangaswamy
To my fellow students around the nation: now is not the time to blindly yell and scream without listening, nor to attack without thinking; now is the time to accept our mistakes as a society and engage in civil discourse. After the initial shock subsides, we must organize, we must present a focused discussion, a focused argument. Rather than complain about the results, we must resist.
There are many ways to resist. Blocking a freeway can make a statement; it can also get students run-over. Trump–along with the ridiculous ideologies associated with him–is far less concerned with the general welfare and compassion for all people than with the preservation of privilege. Trump is also unreasonable, irrational, and reactionary. We cannot combat this reactionary force by being reactionary; rather, it is our responsibility as citizens of the world to present thoughtful opposition to oppression, to engage in civil discourse, to educate each other with compassion, and to resist peacefully. [Read more…]