Although many people ignore students’ opinion and involvement in politics, most of US students clearly reacted and publicly expressed themselves after Trump’s election. On Tuesday, November 9th, 2000 high school and middle school students poured out of class and crowded DC’s streets to protest and show their frustration regarding the election. This protest, however, wasn’t against Trump; the students simply wanted to show that, no matter what happened and will happen in the future, America would stay united. As a 17-old senior at McKinley Technology Education Campus in Northeast Washington said “This isn’t an anti-Donald Trump rally. We’re coming out here to display unity, despite all that’s happened these past few years.” By protesting in DC’s street, these students show that even though they couldn’t vote, they are involved in politics and want the president to listen to them and consider the engagement.
Nevertheless, students’ protests don’t always have to do with politics. Indeed, on April 28, 2016, students from the Fossil Free Stanford (FFS) held a protest in front of the Memorial Church, holding signs and singing songs. They wanted to show their disagreement with Stanford’s president John Hennessy, and obtain Stanford’s complete commitments to divest from fossils fuel. Overall, protests on college campuses have become increasingly numerous. Groups of students on several campuses showed their support of the Native American tribe in the midst of the protest against the Dakota pipeline for instance.
Student protests around the US have attracted the attention of the media, and should be taken seriously, as students will live in the world the current generation is shaping.
by Hugo B.