Re­sist Trump re­spect­fully

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Lindsey Brock­man, Elkridge

I agree that the “new regime” in Wash­ing­ton, as Mary­land Trea­surer Nancy Kopp put it, should be op­posed, but it needs to be done in a re­spect­ful way. The hate speech that has be­gun in Mary­land is un­ac­cept­able; all it does it make peo­ple look at the world through a racial lens. Mary­land is a very di­verse state, so hav­ing this strat­i­fi­ca­tion of the dif­fer­ent eth­nic and cultural groups will in no way have pos­i­tive ef­fects.

It is cru­cial that our gov­er­nor do what he can to keep Mary­land un­der con­trol dur­ing this tur­bu­lent time. Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot said that it’s time to ac­cept the re­sults of the elec­tion. I agree that Amer­ica as a whole needs to ac­cept what hap­pened, but that doesn’t mean that we have to con­form to Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s ideas. How­ever, we have to protest in a peace­ful way, and we must en­cour­age res­i­dents to halt the use of racist, sex­ist, and anti-Semitic lan­guage, as all that achieves is the cre­ation of a di­vide be­tween these groups. Noth­ing will be achieved if ev­ery­one is di­vided and la­bel­ing peo­ple sim­ply be­cause of their cul­ture.

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