We are not entitled sore losers in need of participation trophies.
We haven’t been hired by George Soros or his minions. Many protests have been organized by everyday women of every age and from every walk of life from across the country. Intelligent, socially aware millennials are organizing as well. Dare I say that they’re more aware of how the world works than many people twice their age (BTW if you believe that millennials are uninformed slackers, you need to meet some of the ones I know! I’ll be happy to introduce you).
We aren’t protesting because we’re immature or afraid of losing free stuff.
We are protesting against abhorrent, un-American ideologies that your candidate boldly and enthusiastically espoused. Ideologies which were enthusiastically embraced (or excused, if that makes you feel better) by his supporters.
Bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, and promises to strip certain citizens of their rights will not be tolerated. Ridiculing the disabled, insulting and attacking veterans and their families will not be justified. Sexual assault will not be normalized as *things guys say*. Trump’s words weren’t simply crass, they were boastful admissions of sexual assault. Those are just a few of the reasons we’re protesting.
If you take nothing else from this, please know that our protests are not frivolous nor are they, at their core, about a candidate.
Quite the contrary.
We are standing in UNITY with those who feel voiceless and legitimately frightened. We are UNITED against hate and for equal rights and justice for all. We are working to stem the pervasive ugliness – directly related to Trump’s words – that too many of our fellow citizens have experienced on Main Street, USA, especially in the days since the election.
In a country that constantly proclaims ALL LIVES MATTER, many citizens have been told in no uncertain terms that their lives DON’T matter. I hope I’m never able to *get over it*, *move on*, or be silent when I know of injustices against others – especially those who look or believe differently than I do.
I beseech ALL Trump supporters to publicly denounce the hatred being spewed in their name (the same way all Muslims are expected to denounce acts of terrorism).
I especially implore my Christian friends who support Trump to denounce the words and the behavior.
Please stop calling those who are legitimately frightened *whiners* and *wussies* because they feel they need safe spaces or allies. They aren’t weak, spoiled, or entitled. THEY BELIEVE THEIR LIVES ARE IN DANGER and that belief is proving itself to be true.
They feel unsafe because the man who will soon be the leader of OUR country spent 18 months fueling fear and hatred. Many have been treated horribly for years, but harassment and aggression toward them has grown exponentially in the last months and days. They feel unsafe because this election has empowered those who carry hatred in their hearts to openly and aggressively act upon it. Women feel unsafe because your candidate bragged about sexually assaulting women. His election has given entitled, abusive men license to do the same (and, no, they don’t have to be stars to believe they have the right to grab a p***y).
You say that’s not how you believe, that you condone none of those things.
That’s right. I challenge you to prove that you stand against the rhetoric and actions of your fellow Trump supporters and Trump himself.
Boldly and publicly condemn the hatred and bigotry that your candidate – and, by extension, your vote – has normalized and justified. I want to believe you when you say that you don’t condone those ideologies, but a large portion of Trump supporters live by them (and you know that!). Tell them that this is not what Trump supporters stand for . And Trump must emphatically do the same.
Like it or not, these people are speaking for you.
Silence is complicity. We need to hear your voices loud and clear.
We need to know that hatred or fear of *the others* wasn’t a motivating factor in your choice of candidate. We need you to look around, acknowledge what is happening, and join us in standing against it.
Ask yourself this question: If it were your sister or brother, daughter or son feeling fearful, would you respond with “Suck it up, buttercup!” or would you stand up against the hate to which they’re being subjected?
Show the world that ALL lives really do matter to YOU.
*Full Disclosure: I’m a former devout Hillary Clinton supporter, but she was not my candidate in this election. I have my issues with her, but nothing she’s done is any more egregious than every other president or secretary of state for at least the last 50 years. I couldn’t, in good conscience, support a man who is endorsed by the KKK, employs known white supremacists, and has said and done such frightening things. Yes, we need change desperately, but we can’t afford to normalize and sanction unabashed hatred.
Once you’ve denounced the hate and aggression, I sincerely want to hear which of Trump’s policies were so desirable that you could overlook his dangerous ideologies and self-admitted sexual assault. I don’t say that facetiously. I genuinely need to know.
Please feel free to leave a comment below.
And, by all means, feel free to denounce the hate in the comments below.