By Hannah Shraim
GSS columnist, Libre America
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Everyone knows — or should know — what’s going down in America tomorrow. Donald Trump is scheduled to be sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States of America.
For half of America, this day is a celebration — a day that will begin the work of making America great again, which includes creating more jobs for Americans, changing America’s immigration policies and coming up with “(health) insurance for everybody,” as President-elect Donald Trump told The Washington Post earlier this week.
For the other half of America, this is a day of uncertainty – even fear. For all of the communities that Donald Trump marginalized, threatened, and scared throughout his campaign, this inauguration day means one thing: The time to seek solutions is now.
As an American Muslim, I am part of the community that has been in shock ever since Trump announced his plans for a travel ban on people who share my religion. So I’ve decided to attend the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, the day after Trump’s inauguration.
For me, attending this march means something. It’s a peaceful declaration and assertion that all communities are welcome and protected in these United States against any form of discrimination. It means that justice, equality, and human decency are greater than one man’s denigration of America’s abundant diversity.
As I walk, I will join with two of my closest friends – Kimmy Stamets, who is white, and Lauryn Fanguen, who is black. We call ourselves the “dynamic trio” and we often joke that we literally are America. Saturday will be a good chance to see if others agree.
Saturday will also be the beginning of my regular column on what it means to be a young Muslim in America, along with other issues that reflect and test what we mean by diversity. We’re calling it “Libre Talks” (after the French word for “free”) and invite your suggestions and opinions.
I will be live tweeting my experience at the march @GSSVoices. Be sure to tune in and share this experience with me, and tell me what you’d like me to write about next by posting with #libretalks.
And be sure to catch my videos here and on my YouTube channel, Libre Looks.