Since news of the election results dropped, outraged Americans have hit the streets time and time again to express their rejection of president-elect Donald Trump, who collected his supporters based on a campaign fueled by animosity and intolerance. In the vast sea of protest signs, an unidentified little boy proudly held his up.
"If he builds a wall, I’ll grow up and tear it DOWN"— Nouph. (@Noufabalkhail) November 14, 2016
Protest against Donald Trump, Los Angeles, November 12, 2016. pic.twitter.com/8Ix4qA61DA
The sign reads: “If he builds a wall, I’ll grow up and tear it down.” The photo was taken by LA-based photographer Abigail Gordon, the Daily Dot reports.
George Takei posted a similar photo on Twitter, and though some reactions were motivated by anger and antagonism (this comes as absolutely no surprise), many users were touched by the meaning behind it.
Meanwhile, across America... pic.twitter.com/4NCdZKkSZh— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 13, 2016
@georgetakei I want to hug that little sweetie.— A Bewildered Woman (@merelyawoman) November 13, 2016
@GeorgeTakei A child understands more than our President-Elect...— CJ and the Cat (@GusGusCat) November 13, 2016
@GeorgeTakei Now that is a sign for the ages. Well done. Turns a Nightmare into a Dream.— Street Food & Vine (@StreetFoodUK) November 13, 2016
@GeorgeTakei yes! A democrat president in the making !— Belle Ziggy (@daBinsi) November 13, 2016
Critics of the photo feel that parents shouldn’t levy their political views on their young and impressionable children. There's no doubt, however, that this picture makes a strong statement, and one that may be absolutely necessary to incite change on a higher level.
One thing is certain: America’s youth is not staying silent, and the future leaders of America offer a message of hope.