I doubt anyone has missed last night’s change in weather. My Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are all filled with angry, sad and disappointed messages about the new US president. The left side is blaming the right side for normalising the far right movement. The right side is blaming the left side for creating the far right movement.
In my home country, Sweden, a racist party became the third largest party in parliament in 2014. We saw the rise of racism and violence against people of colour, especially Muslims and black people. After Brexit, we saw the same thing here in the UK. People of colour are fearing for their lives and Polish people have been threatened in their own homes. And yesterday, the US voted for a man with similar ideas and rhetorics to Hitler.
The election is over. But from this day, we must move forward. We must use the diplomatic resources to ensure that the damage is as minimal as possible. We must watch every step Trump takes, create a dialogue with him to protect our own and fellow countries and the world peace. As a citizen of another country, there is little I can do about the country’s internal politics, for example Obamacare and the tax system. Instead, we need to do what we can to stop the far right movement from going as far as it did last night in America. The left and the right needs to unite against the fascists and racists. Europe needs to unite. I am not talking about an idea of a federal Europe, I am talking about a union where its member states go together in the issues we are faced with as a whole. And this is an extremely important one.
There are people blaming the white, uneducated working class for the rise of fascism. Whilst this is true to some extent, it is important to remember that a large portion of voters are also white upper-middle class academics. When the blame for everything bad that is happening is targeted to one specific group in the society, it is natural that it creates a backlash. By creating a divide between the uneducated working class and upper-middle class academics, it feeds the fascist movements. Dividing people is one of the most dangerous things we can do.
So today, we must move forward. For us European citizens, no matter if you are in the union or not, we must ensure that our people are not divided. And we must ensure that we don’t close our borders, any of them.