In a rather bleak display of unity, Cornell students clad in black held a “cry in” on Ho Plaza to express their grievances regarding the results of the presidential election. The event, which was sponsored by Planned Parenthood Generation Action at Cornell, consisted of students sitting around in a circle in front of Willard Straight Hall and displaying signs reading “As a compassionate person, this presidency is a personal attack” and “He’s not my president.”
The description on the Facebook event page read the following:
Join us as we hold each other, cry, and hug. We need to show that we are still here, we are not erased, and we matter.
Today we cry, but tomorrow we’ll fight against bigotry, racism, sexism, transphobia, xenophobia, islamophobia, anti-semitism, ableism, sexual assualt, restrictive immigration policies, etc etc.
The weapon we have is love (and activism, and rallies, and protests, and local/state elections, civil disobedience, and etc etc). We fight for and with each other.
Other students took to social media to express grievances. One student posted on the “Overheard at Cornell” Facebook page that “11/9 is the new 9/11,” which warranted offended responses from countless other students.
Instead of the cry-in, Cornell students should recognize that we are all united, and band together to create a specific plan and achieve actual progress, both on campus and off.
In several years, we will all be graduating and moving to the “adult” world. Adults recognize their unity through more productive means and work towards actual solutions. If Cornell students are truly this distraught by this election, then maybe they should realize this and begin behaving as the mature and sophisticated individuals that Cornell is supposed to teach them how to be.
This piece is not meant to criticize the emotions of those who are anti-Trump, as many are understandably dismayed by the results of this election. Rather, the purpose is to criticize one way in which these emotions were displayed. There is no problem with peaceful public displays of emotion; in fact, such displays are how social progress is achieved. The author simply disagrees with the “cry-in” method as a means to conveying these emotions.