In the run-up to the presidential election, we face a multitude of issues that
are still being put aside and ignored. Budget cuts, wars, immigration, mass
shootings, protests, LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matter, and police brutality to
name just some.
When my father came to the US after the Vietnam War, he pictured a world
where my family could finally take advantage of the freedom that America
promised, and live in peace. Yet to this day, my future is facing many risks to my
well-being. It is facing the slurs of discrimination, not for who I am but for what I
am -- a young, yellow, Asian female.
But will my future end up the same as it seems now?
If Donald Trump is elected, will I be deported because of my skin? Will I have
to carry around a gun and fear for my safety? What about Hillary Clinton? Will
our future be chaotic because she can’t make up her damn mind? Will we be in
another war because she wants to please the public?
It’s sad to know that all these years after the civil rights movement began, our
country is rapidly changing technologically -- but not socially. Our generation
has the advantage of spreading our opinions on social media platforms, yet we
use them to slam each other for how we look rather than educating one another.
It’s sad to see that there are still people who judge and bully others for their
appearance and for what they have down there.
It’s sad to see that families are being torn apart because they’re “illegal,” when
all they’re trying to do is provide a better life for their children.
It’s sad to know that in this year’s presidential election, we are stumped by the
potential of having either a racist president or a very confusing one.
But what is even more sad to know is that both Clinton and Trump never had
to walk in our shoes. They’ve lived a privileged life, understanding that no matter
what happens, they are safe from it.
If only I could vote, it would be for someone who can relate to the situations
that we must deal with. Someone who is willing to solve our society’s problems
rather than putting up a wall to block them. Someone who is willing to tell the
truth rather than utter political falsehoods.
That someone is Bernie Sanders, who, alas, is no longer a candidate.
Bernie grew up in a lower-middle-class family, in Brooklyn, that lived
paycheck-to- paycheck. He’s been a civil rights activist. He understands the
problems of the many Americans still drowning in debt, from low-wage workers
to college students.
Which is why I still yearn for the Bern.