This post may lose me friends and followers. That’s okay. It needs to be written.
So yesterday was an historic election choice: the choice for the first female president. And she won the popular vote (barely), but still lost the election. I’m not a Hillary Clinton fan. I maintained through the election that Sen. Sanders was a far better choice who would unite the country. Despite that, I voted for her because for Trump to win was unthinkable… unimaginable…
And yet it happened. A man who personifies sexual assault, rape, blatant racism, hate for the LGBTQ+ community, and was endorsed by the actual KKK won the election for president.
How did this happen? Oh there’s plenty of reasons from FBI partisanship and interference on an unprecedented scale, to a spectacular screw-up within the DNC (Bernie), to an astounding news media complicity, which I’m not going to belabor. There are plenty of people who are writing all about that already.
There are two main reasons this happened that have nothing to do with any of that: apathy and the new term “white-lash,” which is basically white people being pissed a black man was the country’s leader for eight years. White people (yes, my people) were and are generally complacent about matters of race and brush talk of sexual assault/rape under the rug. (And before you start bitching, “Not all white people” has no place here. So many white people voted for him to get him in office, which is the problem.) I know for a fact that people in my family voted for Trump. I’m sure I have friends who did so as well, though they’ve been far more discreet about it than family members.
And then there are the people who decided their vote didn’t matter. Or thought, ‘Who cares, she’s just as much of a crook as he is, so it won’t make a difference.’ Well you know what? He’s is going to go through 2 different criminal trials in the next 2 months. Plus he’s got zero experience and she has, what, forty years of public service? So there is a huge difference between them. (Don’t come at me about the fucking emails. Unsecured emails versus sexual assault, child rape, and outright and knowing fraud? Not even in the same universe.)
The election is over now and rehashing all the absolute stupidity of the people who put Trump in office won’t solve anything. Also, electing him will shoot probably 80% of them in the ass within the next six months to a year when the GOP and Trump dismantle Obamacare and make severe medicare, welfare, unemployment benefits, and social security cuts, so they get what they deserve.
The real problem is the rest of us. I’m not talking white progressives or moderate republicans, even the ones who aren’t rich. I’m talking about all the people of color, the LGBTQI community, and women, even those who voted for Trump. Because here’s what electing him did: made racism and sexism mainstream again. It’s emboldened people who think that might makes right. The KKK celebrated his win. The trolls will come out in force and harass and dox and try to silence anyone who is different.
So what do we do? We organize. We become real and true allies for one another. We step the fuck up to make equality of every kind the law of the land. We hold those in office accountable for what’s coming. Get involved for real instead of hashtagging everything; showing support is great, but it’s useless without follow-through. We be safe spaces for each other. If you see someone in trouble speak the fuck up. Don’t be a bystander. Join the ACLU. Call your representatives when oppressive and repressive legislation comes up and make sure they understand you won’t accept it.
This is me stepping up more than I have. As a queer woman, what happens next affects me deeply. As a feminine-presenting white woman, I’m going to have a much easier time of it than so many others. I will stand by your side. I will be your shield. I will march wherever the fight to protect our civil rights and humanity takes us.
Or don’t. But if you don’t, be prepared to live in a world where American citizens are afraid simply because of who they are, what they look like, and who they love. Again. AGAIN. I seriously just got the legal right to marry another woman in 2008 and it was only nationally recognized thanks to the Supreme Court last year. People of color have been fighting this battle for literally hundreds of years in this country. I’m sure they have no intention of backsliding.
This is our country regardless of who the president is or who controls the Senate and House. Our country. Everyone’s. Act like it.