Ever since Trump was sworn in on Friday, January 20, the nation has been in a continuous state of fear, unease and melancholy.
Regardless of who you voted for in the 2017 election, you cannot deny the effect Trump has had on the people of the U.S.--especially on minority groups.
The media has covered the numerous times President Trump has single-handedly targeted minority groups, whether it be through his words, tweets or executive orders. As stated in an article by Time, Trump has set multiple executive orders that blatantly affect minorities.
If you are up to date with the Trump presidency, you are probably aware of how Trump has targeted Muslims, women, African Americans, Hispanics and many more.
As an Asian-American woman, I can say that I have felt offended and nervous for how Trump has the ability to alter important aspects of my life and the lives of many others.
For example, as Sean Spicer told reporters: "I think the president, it's no secret, has made it very clear that he's a pro-life president." And that is exactly the case. Just three days into his presidency, Trump signed to adopt the Mexico City policy or "global gag rule," which puts a stop on all federal funds in support of international NGOs that offer and promote abortions.
Similarly, the Trump Administration had passed a law on April 13 that revokes the protection of Title X patients and their ability to access "family planning health care" and rights to abortions. Approximately four million low income people rely on Title X for their health care.
Additionally, on March 27, Trump had revoked Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order, which protected women by including rules on "paycheck transparency and a ban on forced arbitration clauses for sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination claims."
Not only has Trump dictated women's healthcare and personal healthcare decisions, but he has also blatantly discriminated against women's rights in the workplace.
If you're a Trump supporter, you're probably thinking, "These acts don't even concern/affect you," and actually, you're quite wrong.
By having an openly racist, sexist and homophobic President, the country is allowing and accepting such behavior and is setting an accepted example of how the country should run: under the rich, white man's power. By placing Trump on such a high pedestal of power, other rich white men will begin to feel that they, too, have the ability to act in the same way.
So yes, Trump's presidency does affect me (and many others like me) and our futures. My future boss may be a wealthy, white, upper class male and may believe that the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order does not apply, and that sexual assault in the workplace is acceptable.
Additionally, women should not have to rely on men to determine their healthcare; more specifically, by men who do not give a damn about women's healthcare.
A lot of progress was made during Obama's presidency, but it seems we are taking huge steps back all because of the Trump Administration in 2017. Whether or not you agree with me, you have to admit that regression is not what the country needs or deserves. The U.S. has to move forward and accept positive change to be a role model nation for the rest of the world.
If you are a woman who supports Trump and are not afraid for your future, then congrats and good luck. But if you're someone like me--someone who wants to fight for and protect their rights, then keep speaking up, keep fighting, keep marching.
We cannot let a man dictate our world.