On January 20, 2017 Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America. As the country adjusts to this change and the change to come, we focus on moving forward in unity after a very divided election. It is known that many Americans were not in favor of the election, resulting in large amounts of protest and a lower than average attendance at the inauguration. To some Americans, this day marks a historical event that will never be forgotten. While to others, this day marks the end of the world and life as we know it.
However, as we move forward and accept the change in our country, the overwhelming sense of fear and uncertainty must transition into a sense of hope. The hateful protest must turn into protest for peace. We must reach out to all different groups, genders, and races to unify. In reaction to the inauguration of 2017, efforts are being made around the country at different institutions to encourage peace. For example, there were different efforts and consoling presentations made during Loyola University’s Teach In on inauguration day. Postcards for President Trump and educational conversations against racism were a few of these efforts. The reaction from many Americans on this day is the realization that the hate, racism, and divided nature of the country must be stopped and stood up for in 2017.