By the Editorial Board
Well, everyone, here we are at the end of another semester right here in the hub of Buffalo, N.Y. We don’t know about all of you, but here at The Griffin, we agree that these past couple of months have been some of the hardest of our lives, both academically and personally. Despite being different years and majors, with a variety of political affiliations, we are united in the common understanding that this semester was capital-R Rough. With so many changes happening over such a short amount of time in America and in the world, it’s no surprise that so many people are left with feelings of uneasiness and instability.
No matter how you lean politically, it’s no secret that the climate nationwide has been nothing less than hostile. The rapid changes that come with the exchange of power between two very different leaders are enough to give any average citizen a serious case of whiplash. Of course, we all don’t agree on President Trump’s policies, but whether you love them or hate them, just the fact that they’re so significantly different than Obama’s adds to the discomfort of the climate. Change is always hard, no matter if the change is positive or negative.
Furthermore, the hostility connected to the already unstable war over policies is stressful to say the least. From various (very important) protests and marches, to social media wars (some of them perpetuated by Mr. President himself), to highly controversial topics being brought to the forefront for the first time in recent history, friendships have been lost and connections have been severed. Of course, sometimes these disconnections are necessary for the health and happiness of both parties, but it doesn’t mean that it hurts any less.
On top of straining friendships and causing general uneasiness, the policies both implemented and imposed in the last couple months have seriously injured certain groups of people. While many would perhaps argue this point, it’s completely factual and objective that very select groups of people have been more negatively affected by the political climate than other groups. The refugee population, for example, has been specifically targeted over and over by the new administration. This targeting is not something to take lightly and can seriously hurt those directly affected, as wall as those empathetic enough to understand the pain of others beyond economic and selfish gains.
All of these factors and many more have added up to an entirely terrible semester for everyone who isn’t living under a rock. People everywhere are feeling attacked, hurt, targeted, and generally at odds with others, in some cases even completely strangers. Although some pain is more significant than others, it’s very important to remember that everyone’s feelings are, indeed, valid.
With this in mind, The Griffin would like to extend an offering of peace for everyone who needs it. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t fight for what you believe in (please, continue to fight), or that peace can be achieved just by recognizing each other’s humanity, but gosh, we could get closer to some peace if we were all nicer to each other. The world is a very scary place, especially in these last couple of months, and now, more than ever, people need to come together to form some sort of unity. Admittedly, these issues–especially the political ones–will probably get worse before they get better. However, maybe they will hurt less if we can all hate each other a little less and love each other a little more.
So, Canisius community, thank you for a great semester, and remember to always find love in your heart this summer and in the years to come. We’re going to need it.