When I heard this prompt, the first thing that came into my head was Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’. This song reduced me to tears when I first heard it when I was young and it still remains a poignant and important message. My dad’s always been an activist and from a young age, I too was involved in marches and protests. My views aren’t perfect and I don’t believe I am ever able to comprehend the struggle some people go through. 2016 was a shitty year. I think that’s a relatively universal viewpoint. Going into 2017, my white privilege continues to protect me. The rise of the right puts us back to square one where we need to fight again to give the voiceless a voice. There has been so much pain and helplessness. It’s easy to think that a change someday is an unobtainable goal but someday, that day, is ours to make. In a time where the poor get poorer and the rich get richer, black lives are still not protected and members of the LGBT+ society are still victims of hate crimes it’s crucial that we stay hopeful.
Maybe 2017 will be the year of change but maybe not. Someday things will change and it’s not impossible. Hope is stronger than fear and hate. Trump, Brexit and the Alt-Right will change this world in unimaginable ways but it is not irreversible. It won’t be easy and good doesn’t always win but together, we are strong. I promise you now someday, as Sam Cooke once sang, “A change is gonna come, oh yes it will.”