Peace and Donald Trump

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As you may have heard by now, Donald Trump was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, a PEACE prize. You may be as surprised as I was, but after thinking about it for a few moments and letting it sink in I realized that HE absolutely deserves the Noble Peace Prize.

Before you close your browser or throw your phone at a wall hear me out. 

He deserves it because the PEACE that has always been prioritized, and has always been sought after, is not OUR Peace. I dislike talking about the world in terms of ours and theirs but in this case I don’t know how to without it. The OUR I am talking about are the Oppressed, in all of our glorious shades of black and religions, spectrum of physical and mental functionality, in all our beautiful genders, sexes and orientations. OUR peace has never been a priority.

The peace of the 'different' is not something we seek, it’s not something that matters because Obama’s drones kill hundreds of children all around the world but calls for stricter gun laws to protect children here. Not that I’m not all in for those changes, but hypocrisy is hypocrisy and we need to call it out. And one good thing does not make up for one bad thing, until all we want is to do is come out even at the end. This award is not for peace in the world that we all know, it’s just one group of people’s world. The people nominated and the winners do not change the peace for all of us, just that small group.

Image description: quote on a piece of cardboard "We have stumbled into a world where the best things have been redefined as fuel for a system that was built entirely to oppress everything that we are." image generated from the "recite" company

Image description: quote on a piece of cardboard "We have stumbled into a world where the best things have been redefined as fuel for a system that was built entirely to oppress everything that we are." image generated from the "recite" company

When Donald Trump talks about building walls and closing borders and not allowing Muslims into the country he is increasing the peace of the white man, the rest of us don’t matter. When Obama won seven years ago, it showed the rich white man that he wasn’t racist anymore. After hearing all this you might say “well, Malala won, and Malala is awesome.” Malala is awesome, that is unarguable. She is an incredible individual, as are many other previous winners. But it’s never about what these amazing people are doing for us; it’s what they’re doing to increase the peace for the others.

When Malala survived that monstrous bullet to the head she didn’t only become a symbol of hope for us but she also was a symbol of peace for them. She’s proof that the only people to blame for anything are those from those regions. Just like Obama is the proof of anti-racism, Malala is proof that anti-immigration, and Islamophobia do not exist or are there for legitimate concerns that are very likely to occur.

This is simply not true.

We have stumbled into a world where the best things have been redefined as fuel for a system that was built entirely to oppress everything that we are.

We need to take back all those words, because I can’t live in a world where Peace means building walls and status. With that logic then Hitler would have also been nominated in his early years and I refuse to not demand that this be changed.

So let’s demand change, let’s raise our voices louder than any and spread peace, compassion, support and love, the way they were intended to be, not things used for more and more oppression.

I’m sorry for any harm that this and previous nominations and winners have caused anyone. It’s truly heartbreaking to wake up to a world where peace means something other than what we’ve always thought it did. And I’m sorry if I’ve offended anyone by this, I am in no way saying that most of the nominees and winners don’t deserve their awards and nominations. But we can’t have it both ways. We can’t have war criminals and survivors from those same wars nominated and awarded. It’s one or the other, and right now it’s the other. 


Ahmad Abojaradeh is the Co-Founder and Director of Mental Health for MCL, An Engineer, a world traveler, a Peer Support Specialist, a Novelist and the founder and editor of Life in My Days. He hopes to spread awareness of living a life of wellness through his writing, workshops and speaker events.

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