Activist Monday: Despair is Not an Option
Posted November 14, 2016on:
Good Monday, all. This is not how I expected to be greeting you today. My heart is torn as I cycle endlessly amongst the various stages of grief. As a woman of action, though, my pain at the devastating death of my hope to finally see an incredible woman become the first female President of the United States, is quickly turning to a desire to fight back. And online, I have found many, many others who feel the same way.
Here’s what we can’t do: we can’t assume that half of America is racist and sexist and anti-LGBT and xenophobic. That leads to despair, and frankly, we can’t afford that. What happened was too important; what happened was multi-faceted, and needs much data before it’s disentangled. Leave cartoonish over-generalizations to the Trumpsters – we are smarter than that. We also don’t fall prey to the toxic memes the media generates to explain the inexplicable or the counter-intuitive.
I’ll have more thoughtful and detailed things to say once I get my head together. Until then, two points:
- Hillary won the popular vote – it’s looking like by a long shot. There are more of us than there are of them.
- The Republicans stole this election by suppressing the vote in swing states. Period, end of story. We can either accept that, or not. (I vote…NOT.)
The major thing I think we need to focus on, as we start figuring out how to move on and survive in this crazy reality show of a result, is to register our support for our fellow Americans. We want them to know that it doesn’t matter whom they love, how much melanin they have in their skin, what gender they may be, or what deity they worship. We are still #strongertogether and #stillwithher, with the beautiful and forward-looking vision Our Girl made us believe in.
I am not going to accept that just because this carnival barker bamboozled his way into the Oval Office, this country is lost. It isn’t, because we won’t let it be.
Here is one thing I’m going to do. Join me in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 21. Let’s make it very, VERY clear that Drumpf is NOT OUR PRESIDENT.
More to come on this topic – here’s a great article that was linked last night in the comments. Meanwhile, this is an open thread.
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