Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States of America (USA) after beating his contender from the Democratic Party, Hilary Clinton.
The billionaire reality TV show and movie actor, Donald has been a controversial candidate.
Trump won the race with 56,897,955 popular votes and 276 electoral votes, compared with 55,877,015 popular votes and 218 electoral votes for Clinton, according to the AP.
One of the biggest lessons for the rest of the democratizing world is that despite such a polarized election, both candidates and the public have accepted the result – imagine Trump was running in an African country.
Many Ethiopian-Americans, for lack of a better choice and some won by Hilary’s inclusive and tolerant rhetoric and disturbed by Donald’s blunt and politically incorrect discourses, have voted overwhelmingly for the Democratic candidate. That is why in places like Washington DC with a large population of the Ethiopian Diaspora, Hilary won 96 percent of the votes. The result was a shocking and unexpected for many of the Ethiopians in the US. However, there were also a lot of Ethiopians, who supported and voted for Donald. These groups condemn Donald’s insensitive speeches but they do not approve of the continuation of the Clinton dynasty which they say is part of the establishment and is not giving any other alternative to the mess the world finds itself in but carry on. Ethiopians on the opposition camp also are not happy the Clinton Foundation has been receiving donation from the current Ethiopian government and the government’s financier tycoon Mohammad Ali Al Amoudi and that most of the Obama administration or the Democrats contains officials that support the Ethiopian regime.
Looking at the bigger picture though, what makes Donald’s win more concerning for most Ethiopians or non Americans for myself is not just that he would deport illegal immigrants, force US multinationals to return to the US, change trade deals or allies with Putin. They are worrying but not as much as what his campaign just did – attacking the relative compassion and respect that the world has had. His racial, gender and border policies and views are dangerous, the full acceptance and endorsement of these imperialistic views by white majority voters is even more.
His insensitive, divisive and insulting statements set a new trend of politics, chauvinism, bigotry, journalism and normal. In such a world where the majority of the population from the third world is the least benefiting, stereotyped, discriminated and struggling, Trump’s election and his endorsement the people of the U.S. who hold the world’s largest trend setting, culture manufacturing and influential instruments, pushes the survival struggles of people like myself from the majority world to the margins.
The American population was, thus left between these two dilemmatic choices: allow the status quo to continue for fear of Donald’s highly racist rhetoric and policies or ignore (support) the Donald’s insular policies and bigotry and vote for a new World Order of Trumpism. With the exception of minorities, Americans chose the second option.
The emergence of this greedy, in-looking, less compassionate, bigot, othering and proudly supremacist status quo has always been there, subtly, but it has now become public, official and somewhat legally protected. When the Berlin Wall falls, the Mexico-US wall is to be built.
A new Donald Trump administration that would reduce the insecurity, greed, hate and poverty of the world is welcome. The earth has given human beings everything for free and our human ancestors have consumed most of these offerings and then out of greed and viciousness brought up systems that appropriated wealth, resources, houses and jobs based on one’s ethnic origin, affiliation and sometimes merit. The world has not given us anything of these basic necessities to us the youths of today but rather feeds us with more problems, hate, worries and fear. We die toiling to get our basic needs and trying to make sense of this world, which is being manufactured and molded as to the interests and wishes of the powerful and ethnic few. Unemployment, job and life insecurity, fear and an elusive future bothers this generation.
Vox.com reported two days before Trump’s election and its possible consequences:
If we’re not careful, our fixation on him could have the unintended side effect of reaffirming a longstanding American myth: that the face of racism is a red-faced, loudmouthed, hate-driven bully who says in plain language that people who aren’t white are bad. That this is the “literal definition” of racism, and therefore the very worst of it. Meanwhile, just outside the range of our attention and disgust, the most harmful forms and effects of racism will continue — poorly understood, rarely talked about, regularly denied, and thriving.
It is upon Donald and the majority of his voters to practically change their election discourse and reward the world with a more uniting, pacifying and exemplary rhetoric and deed.
In other words:
— Human Rights Watch (@hrw) November 9, 2016