On the morning of Sept. 9, the world was changed. The president-elect, chosen by the electoral college, was Donald J. Trump.
How do political changes affect high school students?
There is a lot of worry about discrimination among females and immigrant students.
“There will be a lot more discrimination," Benjamin Carson ninth grader Yoma Begum said.
“I feel like my children will be discriminated against because they’ll be people of color,” said Begum.
Senior Angel Cosby is worried about living in this country as a African-American female. She said after seeing the election results, “I told my family I was going to get a job and a passport and move to Canada or South Korea.”
She also expressed not wanting to have children in a world that will be influenced by Trump’s victory. Cosby said, “I’m scared to have kids. The racists are going to come out more.”
“I feel like, since Trump is homophobic, laws for the LGBT community will change,” said Benjamin Carson senior Chris Bryant, a 17-year old Hillary Clinton supporter.
In the past month since the election results were aired, according to Forbes, there have been 280 reported anti-immigrant hate crimes in the US. In addition, there were 187 reported hate crimes against African Americans and 95 against the LGBT community nationwide. In total, there have been about 900 incidents. The majority occurred after Nov. 9.
“He won the election fair and square, so he deserves a chance,” said Xavier Jack, president of Benjamin Carson’s Gay Straight Alliance club. “If he says he’s going to end hate crimes, he should have the opportunity to do so.”