Article by Carlos Po
The victory of Donald Trump over DNC nominee Hillary Clinton surprised political analysts, the denizens of the internet, and the student, faculty, and staff of our very own school. Entire classes watched in awe as the formerly internet-memed candidate revealed he was a meme no longer, winning 28 states and securing the presidential position and the White House for himself.
Reactions across the world varied. Protests erupted in several states like New York and Nevada, with some turning violent. Fareed Zakaria of CNN fame called Trump’s victory “a cancer on democracy”, while on the opposite end of the spectrum, the Ku Klux Klan held a victory parade in his honor.
The whole school waited with bated breath. The cafeteria was filled with people on computers anxiously checking vote maps and denouncing third-party candidate Gary Johnson. Cheers erupted across the cafeteria as Hillary Clinton claimed California, but many noted that at this point, Trump was still in the lead.
Reactions across the school varied. Multiple members of the American Cultural Club council (ACC) were quick to change their Google Chat statuses in response to this news, strongly condemning his win, from president Collin M.’s “on behalf of ACC, sorry everyone” to senior Steve M.’s more succinct “g(ood) g(ame)” and “L(oss)”, two expressions indicating the end of a good run.
Collin M. released an official statement on the presidency on Monday expressing his feelings, “the American Culture Club is proud of Americans fulfilling their duty and right as citizens by voting and making their voices heard. It is our obligation to participate in the democratic process, and to respect that result, whatever it may be. We do, however, encourage all people, American or not, to hold our world’s civic leaders responsible for the actions and policies they set forth while in office. Dissent is our most valuable tool as citizens. We should and shall not let government run unchecked, and so ACC encourages everyone to remain involved in the political process.”
ISM administrator Michael Relf stated on Wednesday that the staff reaction was more or less uniform. “It’s generally pretty negative,” he admitted. “I haven’t met any member of the staff who has had a positive reaction.” He mentioned that Vicki Sycip Herrera, a retired but still important member of the ISM community most famously known for her role in the Promoting Rural Education in the Philippines community, recently shared an opinion piece on how Trump’s presidency could represent an event that kicks off a much larger and more dangerous one, such as the role the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand played in the ignition of World War 1.
However, he did make an important point to stress that because the sample being asked was entirely from the International School Manila population, known for being quite liberal, and we weren’t including the opinions of, as he said, “a grain farmer in Arkansas”, the results may not be completely generalizable across the population, decreasing its ecological validity.
Already, individuals, governments, and companies are reacting to the surprise presidency of Trump in a variety of ways, and as we can see, ISM is no exception. While a Trump presidency could be called many things by many different kinds of people, one thing is for certain: that as an international community, we must be prepared for change, in whatever form it may take.
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Times, Los Angeles. “The Ku Klux Klan Says It Will Hold a Trump Victory Parade in North Carolina.” Latimes.com. N.p., 10 Nov. 2016. Web. 13 Nov. 2016.