Yesterday the US presidential campaign came to a much awaited end. The polls were wrong. The countless celebrities that stood ‘with her’ weren’t enough, and Hilary did not make office. Trump did. It was not what a vast majority of people expected, but something I found even more surprising were the amount of people that had something to say about it. On Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram - every social media platform was engrossed with distaste for Trump.
And while it is great that people are standing up for what they believe in, I can’t help that notice people only rise in the company and safety of millions. People wrote paragraphs upon paragraphs of anger and injustice. People cast their concerns for immigrants and the now imminent wall. There was distress towards the women of America now facing potential criminal liability for abortion. There was the video shared in anger of Trump referring to climate change as a “Chinese Myth”, the consistent argument that he hates gay and trans people. This is what the individuals on my Facebook were angered about, and the majority of these people I must add are Australian.
This blog post is not about Trump.
This blog post is not about America.
This blog post is about every Australian who wrote in fury of Trumps election based on his policies.
Where has your social justice voice been when this has been happening right outside your doorstep?
Canadian author Naomi Klein brought attention to the fact that while Donald Trump’s wall build is ‘insane and racist,’ what the Australian government is doing on Manus and Nauru Island is just as bad. “You’re doing it. He’s just talking about it,’ she said.
In addition to this QLD still does not enable women to have abortions, and gay marriage is still not legalised throughout the whole of Australia. We continue to create carbon bombs, continue to build colossal mines and pipelines, continue to move further and further away from renewable energy. There are various members of our government that stand alongside IPA. This company distributes huge amounts of climate change denial, doing nothing but hindering environmental aid.
People are afraid of Trump because he is an easy target. You do not have to search the internet very hard to find his offensive statements. But I think his openness and frankness about his beliefs, however shocking, is far less petrifying than what is being hidden beneath our own southern cross. You want to talk politics Australia? Cool, let’s start with our own.