Thanks for your example

A reportage by Pietro Rizzato shot on Leica

Boston MA USA, 2016

“Not my president”. This is the expression of anger that we hear from 9th November along the streets. The community feels victim of decisions taken by others, dominated by the rage of the electoral campaign that made Donald J. Trump the new resident of the White House. “I didn’t sleep tonight in order to follow the election’s scrutiny, it was about 2am when the news arrived. Since that moment I wasn’t able anymore to not to think on my venezuelan parents who have been living here in the States for a long time, but without a proper citizenship. I didn’t eat, I wasn’t able to. My stomach was in knots thinking on all the sacrifices that they made in order to let me study in Harvard. And now what will happen? I didn’t have breakfast, I took the underground and came here in the street, with you all, and with who knows how many people in the same situation.”


A large percentage of the population that from the morning of the 9th November felt hated by their own country. A country that doesn't want anymore to care on safety, wealth, life of its citizens. Fear. Hate, non mutual. What will happen? We are a nation made up of immigrants, “We are all immigrants”. Screaming, singing, meeting up. Thinking that 4 years government could be as fast and painless as eternal and corrosive. “We can’t change things, Trump is the president elected. We can however be sure that law will be respected, be part of what is referred to us and to who we care about. We know the law, we study history.” -Say students in Harvard. Being respectful each other, keeping solid our values and the values our parents and our presidents have been teaching us, remaining together is the paradigm to maintain the community strong.


Infuse our children the values that defined who we are in our growth: if a wall will be built, they will pay for it. “If you build a wall we will tear it down”. Don’t let hate come into your houses, don’t let ideologies influence your thoughts. “We refuse to accept a Fascist America”. Keep the community together, be respectful to who doesn’t respect us, show them love if necessary, “ Love Trumps Hate”. Four years can pass over, but we have to be sure that we don’t change our mind. If we don’t let the ideologies change us, one day we will elect our president.


“I’m blind, and can see the injustice here”. Is what Kevin has to say about what’s going on in his country. Or Carter’s story, he is an homeless who decided to move his "non-home" into another country. “What do I do here, if my life will be way more in dangerous of what it already is?"


Adults but especially young people, the next adults in the coming 4 years. Students who see public education in danger not only in Harvard, but also in Suffolk University, Berklee College of Music, Boston University, MIT, and many others. Protect public education and the students. Protect families and maintain steady values for a better future.


Michelle, a mother, stands beside the crowd in front of the Massachusetts State House, looking at her daughter protesting with her friends. According to Michelle, young people are the real example for adults. With their protests, their actions, they are learning from the past, bringing out the good and making it present in order to build up a better future.


As many others, Michelle also hangs her own sign, a differently small sign, but with huge meaning: “Thanks for your example”.

Disclaimer: this is reportage, not politics. Love.