In spite of the atrocious regulations the Trump administration has been enacting, the one slightly positive outcome is the activism non-minority groups now feel accountable to participate in. Although much criticism around the women’s march was its overwhelming lack of intersectionality and inclusion, it was one of the first in the 21st century in which different age groups of white women joined on that large of a scale to protest injustices against women, including Trump allegedly trying to ban abortion, which could potentially affect every woman who is able to get pregnant. In terms of highly targeted minority groups, the recent “Muslim ban” preventing anyone from a primarily Muslim-“marked” country from entering the U.S. regardless of valid visa or green card status has sparked a number of protests, as well as Trump’s removal of LGTBQ+ information from federal websites.
While the circumstances for these protests are unbelievably horrific for the groups that they affect, from a privileged person’s standpoint like mine, they seem positive for the sole reason that they actually hold privileged people accountable. The micro-aggressions and other subtle abuses minority groups face every day are too often dismissed by people that do not personally experience them. It is easy to say that Afro-Americans do not face discrimination and other abuse in this country because segregation laws have ended. It is easy to say that women do not face discrimination and other abuse in this country because rape is illegal and it is normalized for women to work now. It is easy to say that LGBTQ+ people in this county do not face discrimination and other abuse because gay marriage is legal. But now that the President is enforcing actual legal abuse and removing rights from human beings in this country (or rightfully allowed to enter this country), the abuse is public knowledge. It is extremely difficult to deny. It is glaringly obvious that some people in this country are legally treated differently than others. While this is extremely horrifying and unprecedented, it might be the only way to hold privileged people responsible and to get them involved, and so far it has.
This is not the right way, and I am not advocated for legally sacrificing rights to add to the abuse of minorities in this country, I am only saying that every underprivileged person whose cautions were ignored on election is day is being proven right, and that is something that is becoming increasingly difficult for privileged peoples to deny. The racism (among other forms of hate) are becoming more and more overt in the face of Trump’s presidency, and that is something people unaffected by subtle racism (and other forms of hate) are finally coming together to decry. There may finally come a feeling of responsibility and accountability for people to use their privilege to reduce the increasing abuse of the Trump administration.