I’ve seen a lot of very well-intentioned people asking for those of us on the losing side to be calm and rational and kind. I want to take a moment to ask you to please stop.
After listening to a year of a hate spat in our ears we are now faced with the bleakest future in generations.
People are afraid with good reason.
Some are facing mandatory registration for their religious affiliation, loss of their marriage rights, loss of a dream of being able to have children/adopt, loss of identity.
People you know and care about are in eminent danger.
The building is on fire! You cannot just love the fire away!
All of our hope for future has been snatched away and we are under absolutely no obligation to be nice.
Racists, sexists, transphobes, fatphobes, homophopes, ablist, xenophobes around us are emboldened to express their vile inhuman beliefs because now they are validated by the powers that be. People are going back into the closet and de-transitioning for the sake of their safety.
We do not need to be tone policed in this hour of crisis.
Positive thinking isn’t going to solve this situation.
We do not need to turn the other cheek anymore. We need to stand side by side with all the people facing oppression under this new regime and say “NO MORE!”
We need to roll up our sleeves and dive into the fray.
We need to scream out for those who cannot do so and if that scream is a snarl so be it!
If we sit back politely the tank treads will roll over our brethren and their blood will be on our hands, yours and mine, and I for one will not accept that stain on my soul.
For my part I am headed north, not simply to escape but with the determination to create a safe haven for those who may very well need it.
A white supremacist is heading into the white house. We cannot possibly overreact in this situation and anxiety quite often manifests as rage.
Please do not attempt to take people’s anger for you do them a disservice.
Anger is the backbone of healing. It is the motivator than is going make us realize we can’t simply love this situation into control. This is the moment to wake up! Many of us woke up months ago. For us our democracy has now been snatched away twice.
When everything else has been taken from us please do not also take that one thing that can propel us forward.
In the words of King Arthur as written by William Nicholson
“I command you now all… to FIGHT! Fight like you’ve never fought before. Never Surrender! Never Surrender!”
We need to fight prejudice where we find it. Call it out wherever you are. Start a dialogue that is uncomfortable. Speak up whether it’s in the street or at your work or in a social setting.
This election was lost to the louder lies of hate and bigotry. Now is the time we have to speak up and louder than before. Drown out the ignorance around you. Hold people accountable for the unconscionable things they say.
The road that got us here is paved with our being nice.