I am becoming more alarmed as the days tick by…soon enough Trump will be sworn in as POTUS and I fear that day. He’s surrounding himself with white nationalists, known racists and Nazi sympathizers. As I heard today ” they’ve gone from wearing white hoods to business suits.”. Which is exactly what I am seeing. Emboldened by their new “leader” these outspoken haters are poised to basically take over in January. I am very concerned and worried about what this means for all Americans; for civil rights, women’s rights, the LGBTQ fight for equality as well as just for living in the US at all. I’m seriously afraid that our country will be commandeered by the alt right and a truly hate filled agenda. How can I not be afraid of this when every days events happening around Trump are so bluntly indicating that this is the direction that he is determined to take us?
My best friend is sick of hearing about it. She says she’s tired of watching it on the news. She’s a straight white woman in working class America who’s upbringing was southern based. She obviously sees this a bit different from me. It upsets me that she feels so overwhelmed by it all that she wants to play ostrich and keep her head in the sand. But she is entitled to think for herself and to do what’s best for her. Personally I need to KNOW what is going on so that I am semi-prepared for what is to come. I watch the news and various commentary to stay well informed. Because I think it’s important to be well informed.
I am going to meet later today with a couple of people from the LGBTQ community who are trying to organize groups around the country of people to sort of gather, support each other, to speak out and to fight for what we believe in . The idea is in its infancy but i believe it’s a great idea and want to be involved. I hope we can build a community that transcends the brewing hatred and bigotry and becomes a force with a voice.
The holiday is on Thursday this week and I am — like many others out there — trying to plan my personal strategy for dealing with my family if politics comes up, which I am most certain it will. There are Trump supporters in the mix and they know I am a liberal and hate the man. If things go as they have in the past someone will start making little snide wise cracks about the “tree hugging liberals” and I will begin to silently fume. I have tried to educate in the past to no avail. I am preparing myself for what could be a very aggravating day. My only hope would be if my Mom declares it a politics free zone…even then they will gloat. I know other people will have it even more rough. One woman on Facebook was saying her parents told her she could not park her car at their house with the HTC sticker on it on Thanks giving because they believe that sodomy is an abomination and they won’t have it at their house. She’s an ally, and the parents are evangelical in nature. Yup, it will be a hard day for many I am sure.
I hope that YOU have a wonderful holiday. I’m going to try to make most of mine enjoyable by focusing on love and tolerance. Are you going to be dining with people of opposite views this Thanksgiving? How do you handle it if a controversial subject comes up? Does your family try to understand your views?
Much thanks to you, my dear readers. May the force be with you . Peace. –MB