This will be my last post about the election on this blog. Barring discussions of censorship, anything politics-related from now on will appear on either my Tumblr or Twitter feeds. We’ll go back to our hopefully more regularly scheduled posts on writing, art, etc. I don’t have time to blog about the Evil Pumpkin and his sidekick the Ruthless Ghost; I have a job to find and a book to revise / query and another to write.
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A Facebook friend shared this Seth Millstein article from Bustle today– What To Tell People Who Say You Have To Accept Donald Trump’s Presidency Now. In the wake of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, a vast worldwide protest of historic significance, I find it doubly important. I’ve seen this rebuke in comments dozens of times now–“Get over it! He’s your president! Suck it up! Accept it!”–and quite frankly, it’s getting old.
Let me make this absolutely clear.
I will continue to be a law-abiding citizen as I have always done. I will exercise my rights and fight within current legal guidelines to dismantle any attempt to curtail them. In the event those rights are revoked, I will use any tools available to continue that battle.
I am under no obligation to accept racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, abuse, gaslighting, lying, or the interference of a foreign power in the machinations of my government. I do not have to bow down to anyone. This is not a monarchy. It will not be a dictatorship because we will not allow it.
I do not have to use the title of president when referring to the person who holds that title. Calling him Trump, or Mr. Trump if I’m ever unfortunate enough to be in the same room with him, is perfectly acceptable.
I will support artists and writers’ efforts to speak out, to represent marginalized and underrepresented citizens, to expose lies and propaganda and misdirection. I will do everything I can to ensure we aren’t silenced.
I will support programs that seek to fund artistic endeavors of all kinds. Art provides escape and succor and peace, spurs us to action, and helps us see the exquisite beauty of our world. It’s a reflection of our society. It shows us where we’re going and where we’ve been. It stimulates our collective imagination as to what we could become.
Understand that I’m also fighting for YOU. What hurts me also hurts you, and vice versa. Whether we agree or not isn’t the point. By looking at facts, I try to see things clearly rather than through a fog of rhetoric. You can depend on me to continue. I will try my best to be respectful of your views so we can discuss them, and all I ask is the same from you. If you’re not capable of that, or if my anger or frustration hinders polite discourse, I will step away from you and direct my efforts elsewhere.
For what it’s worth, I believe we’re moving toward a more progressive society and not a lesser one. It may hurt to excise this abscess of hate, but once it’s gone, things will be better for everybody.
I care about this country and the world. I care about you. Let’s fix these problems together.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – National non-partisan non-profit that works to defend the rights of persons in the United States
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) – Non-profit fighting hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation. Monitors hate groups.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – Works to fight institutionalized racism in America
Lambda Legal – Organization working to ensure rights of LGBTQ and HIV-positive people through education and policy
Human Rights Campaign – Action organization dedicated to LGBTQ rights
Planned Parenthood – Provides sexual and reproductive health care (STD testing, prenatal care, birth control, cancer screenings, abortion referral) and education to low-income women. Planned Parenthood also provides sexual and reproductive health services to men.
More links to organizations you can help support or volunteer for in this HuffPo article:
You’ve said what needs saying, and provided links to remind us we all have rights—backed up, no matter the fact-free naysayers, by genuine legal documents.
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