After reading Audre Lorde’s essay and thinking about her words on how society in 1984 was ‘refusing’ to accept the differences everyone had, made me look at things with more of an open mind. I think that some of us, although we don’t mean it, automatically judge something that is not familiar or usual to us. Whether it be how someone presents themselves to the world each day, or even having Donald Trump as our President, everyone has feedback to give. Every day we face new experiences that almost force us to give some sort of judgement back, positive or negative. But it is those who let the negativity crowd their open mindedness and that will not accept different in their world, that oppress things that are unfamiliar to them. Lorde states that too often people use their energy on differences in our world because some people see them as ‘barriers’ or that they don’t even acknowledge the differences and simply ignore them.
Yes, it is a great shock that Donald Trump is now the President of the United States, and for many this election effects them for the worse. But instead of seeing how far America has come, instead a lot of people cannot get past this new ‘different’ in America. After reading Audre Lorde’s struggle to find her way in society after knowingly being a black lesbian, now in 2017 almost everyone has a safe haven, one way or another. People have become so much more accepting and open to different and change when compared to the 20th century. Of course not EVERYONE is open to different, but it is a start. This makes me wonder what America will be like in in another 30 or 40 years, and gives me hope that we will follow this uphill path in accepting change.