“I am embarrassed and I feel unwelcome in this country.” – Gaby Womack, a protestor.
4,000 Bostonians took to the streets in a protest march against President-elect Donald Trump and his racist, anti-gay, and anti-women rhetoric.
The day after the election, protestors marched down Tremont Street past Boston Common at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
His victory was a shock to many who believed polls predicting Hillary Clinton as the first woman president.
Protest marches were held in other major U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago and Seattle. These marches were a way for people to voice their solidarity with minorities who are fearful that Trump’s victory will encourage acts of intimidation and violence against them. Immigrants are fearful that Trump will follow through on campaign promises of wide-scale deportations, women are fearful Trump’s policies may trample their rights and that his misogynist comments may set a national tone that makes it acceptable to demean women.
“My mom came here from Brazil. So I woke up terrified that she would possibly be deported with half of the family,” said Camilla Maloni.
The protestors also chanted slogans against Vice-President-elect Mike Pence, who as governor of Indiana opposed gay marriage saying keeping gays from marrying was not discrimination, but an enforcement of “god’s idea.”