A battle ensued over the outcome of the presidential election that resulted in a surprising and controversial win for Donald Trump. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton and protesters have since taken to the streets to voice their frustrations regarding the president-elect and his campaign platform, which inadvertently inspired hate crimes across the nation.
Tensions soar as anxiety to live under a Trump presidency is foremost in the minds of many, and protests have become less-than-peaceful demonstrations in opposition. Jennifer Lawrence made her opinion known and offered words of encouragement and advice for those enraged by Trump’s victory. The star wrote an open letter that called the the nation to turn “its fear and anger into hope rather than despair,” as Heat Street shares. Lawrence stated in the letter that was published in Vice that we should all think strongly and clearly about what to do at this point, seeing as the past cannot be undone.
“We shouldn’t blame anyone, we shouldn’t riot in the streets. If you’re worried about the health of our planet, find out everything you can about how to protect it. If you’re worried about racial violence love your neighbor more than you’ve ever tried to before—no matter what they believe or who they voted for. If you’re afraid of a wall putting us all into another recession then organize and stand against it.”
Lawrence’s call for peace, however, has been opposed by The Mary Sue Project, a site which has stated that the star’s words arguing that calling for peace “silences the voices of the disenfranchised who should be heard more often than the sympathetic individuals who couldn’t even begin to imagine what it really feels like to be oppressed.” Keisha Hatchett, the author of the article which makes mention of Lawrence’s call for peace, states that those who have been arrested at these protests are not oppressed minorities but mainly white.
— Jennifer Lawrence (@JenniferUpdates) November 21, 2016
The author had strong words of the oppression she and others have lived their lives with, stating that turning the other cheek has been the constant call and refuses to continue and stay silent on the issues of race and gender.
“I suppressed the rage of a thousand black Americans told to ‘turn the other cheek’ as their racist white neighbors hurled rocks at their heads. I’m tired of people bending over backwards to dismiss my feelings because they’ve tricked themselves into believing that they are morally neutral rather than privileged or willfully ignorant. Instead of acting like some sort of emotional gatekeeper, I suggest you actually listen to these marginalized voices and direct that urge to whitesplain to your fellow white neighbors, instead.”
It seems as though Lawrence has already done this, however. Hatchett’s voice has been heard loud and clear and she writes from the heart with a vulnerability and openness that reminds all about the persecution continually faced by minority groups and highlights how Trump’s victory was a step backward in regard to race equality and women’s rights in addition to many other issues.
— VICE News (@vicenews) November 21, 2016
In her call for peace, yet also her encouragement to let rage motivate change, Jennifer Lawrence offers a manner to move forward inspired to peacefully come to terms with the decision that was made when Donald Trump was elected in a democratic vote and act wisely to uphold the rights of minority groups.
“This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men. I want to be positive; I want to support our democracy, but what can we take away from this?
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