1. From the Outside Looking In
As the world is clearly affected by nearly every political-social move America makes, how does the rest of the globe view our country? A year ago, YouTube channel Cut went out to ask that very question. While the piece does have kind responses such as one Ethiopian girl’s saying “paradise” and a Dubai man’s answer of “love and culture,” many of the responses such as obese, dumb, and eternally optimistic were less than flattering. We can smugly shake off their opinions as ignorant or pretend it doesn’t matter but the problem there is how the rest of the world views us is important. We are in dire need of not ignoring those sarcastic, negative responses but instead making them better. But can that occur with Donald Trump as President?
It’s difficult when a Guardian opinion piece calls the election “a dark day for the world” or when Peter Baker‘s New York Times article says “Donald Trump’s victory promises to upend the international Order.” However, just like the U.S. has been told at every turn since the election, the rest of the world needs to understand that we are in this together. The viewpoint the world has about the United States is as continually shifting as our own feelings about ourselves, and they are feelings that shift based on every point mentioned on this list. It shocked the world the night Donald Trump won the election. Here’s hoping we can all become shocked again when the things mentioned here are no longer worries, but instead turn into positive solutions.