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Jennifer Lawrence: 'We Shouldn't Riot In The Streets'

| by Michael Howard

Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence is urging the people who are opposed to President-elect Donald Trump to stay positive and look toward the future.

In an op-ed written for Broadly, Lawrence expressed dismay over the result of the election, implying that the real winners were white men.

"This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men," she writes.

But she is determined to find constructive ways of resistance moving forward, and encourages others to do the same. On that note, she appears to disagree with the tactics of the anti-Trump protesters, who have on occasion become violent.

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"We shouldn’t blame anyone, we shouldn't riot in the streets," Lawrence opines. "We should think strongly and clearly about what to do next because we cannot change the past."

The second half of the op-ed is addressed to all women who were looking forward to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton becoming the first female commander in chief.

"If you're a woman and you're worried that no matter how hard you work or how much you learn, there will always be a glass ceiling, then I don't really know what to say," she admits. "I don't know what I would tell my daughter if I were you. Except to have hope."

Lawrence hopes that, ultimately, Clinton's loss will motivate women to work even harder than they did before. And the same goes for other Americans who felt defeated by Trump's victory.

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"Do not let this defeat you – let this enrage you!" she concludes. "Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman – don't be afraid, be loud!"

Immigrants may be the group with the most to worry about at the moment. In his "60 Minutes" interview on Nov. 13, Trump said he would make it one of his first orders of business to deport or incarcerate as many as 3 million illegal immigrants.

"What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, we have a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we're going to incarcerate," Trump said. 

The following day, Eduardo Sanchez, a spokesperson for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, indicated that Mexico is prepared to work with Trump to facilitate the deportations.

"We will have to see how many of those deportations, usually done by the United States government to the countries where the illegal immigrants are from, are for Mexico," Sanchez said, according to CNN. "Of course this and other matters will be part of the agenda that Mexico brings to the table during the bilateral meetings that will take place with the government-elect of President Donald Trump."

Sources: Broadly, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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