Since the recent U.S. election, many people are anxiously waiting for 2017 to come.
Looking back on this year, it could be summed up in a single word—terrible. If you didn’t hear, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. But this was just the cherry on top of an overall horrible year. We’ve seen so many natural disasters, figurative and literal trainwrecks and international incidents that one can’t help but feel a desperate need for a new start.
First of all, 2016 started off on a bad note. On Jan. 2, while some us were still sleeping off the new year, an armed militia group took over the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, OR to protest government ownership of land. The takeover lasted for more than a month.
From here on, 2016 went downhill.
In February, Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, leaving an open seat on the Supreme Court. Congressional Republicans refused to hold a hearing for a Supreme Court nominee. This led to a yearlong battle over whose voice mattered: the people’s vote from four years prior or those from the upcoming election.
North Carolina passed a law prohibiting transgender people from using public restrooms matching their gender identity, thus denying many Americans basic civil rights. In Orlando, 49 people were killed in a nightclub mass shooting, making hundreds of LGBTQ Americans fear for their safety in “safe” spaces. In Flint, MI, safe drinking water was still unavailable for residents of the struggling town.
Brock Turner got a six-month sentence for committing a sexual assault on an unconscious woman and was released after three months. Native Americans had to fight for the right to have clean water and keep possession of sacred land. Hundreds of Americans were attacked based on their race, religious beliefs, sexuality and political opinions before and after the election.
And globally? The Syrian Civil War descended into a brutal battle with no end in sight. The world was gobsmacked when Great Britain said cheerio to the European Union. A truck drove through Nice, France, during a Bastille Day celebration, killing 87 people.
So goodbye 2016, you gave us low after low and now it’s time for you to go.