the future is now.

by - 13:47

It’s been one week since the election and I can’t really say that my feelings have warmed to our new president-elect. I’ve been struggling with a way to accept, with an open mind, who will guide our great nation for the next four years and I can’t say that the outlook is rosy.

There are those who keep asking me and others who voted against him to “just give him a chance” but that is an incredibly hard pill to swallow given the multiple accounts he was a blatant racist, sexist, xenophobe, homophobe, fraud and liar. He is accused of sexual assault from a dozen women. He has cheated people out of their jobs. He has bragged about not paying federal income taxes. He has ranked women on a scale of one to ten. He has insulted literally every demographic out there. And yet, I am to “give him a chance”? I’m not name-calling him. I’m not passing judgment. I’m describing a man who has proven himself to be all these things. When he calls all Mexicans “rapists”, I’m sorry, but me calling him a racist doesn’t make me wrong. When he degrades women, it’s not wrong for me to call him a misogynist. If I were blindly forming these opinions about him with no evidence to stand on, I would definitely be in the wrong. But the fact remains, he has done these things over and over and over again with little to no consequence and the worst part is, he has tapped into a really dark niche group of people who actually agree with him and his platform to “make America great again.” I just didn’t know that in making America great, that meant that we would undo every single progressive movement we’ve had in the last fifty years. I didn’t realize that validating the violation of human rights was what a step in making us “great again”. And now? He just appointed a white nationalist who has been heavily lauded by the KKK as well as the American Nazi Party. We aren’t moving forward; we are sadly regressing.

Am I screaming into a vacuum? An echo chamber?

Are there those who want to silence me because I am unrelenting when it comes to decency and human rights? Am I being too opinionated? Am I just as bad in calling out homophobia/xenophobia/sexism/racism/misogyny/etc.? What’s the alternative? To be passive? To ride out the next four years with nothing but hope? My seatbelt is already fastened but it’s already as tight as it can be and I still don’t feel safe.

I am a mother. A woman. A person of color. I am the daughter of immigrants. I am raising two mixed-race children. I am educated. I am passionate. And I cannot sit on the sidelines doing nothing while the shitshow happens in front of me. No, I am not overreacting. No, I’m not too sensitive. I’m just trying to digest the poison that’s being shoved down my throat and trying not to gag. I’m choking back tears for my children when the future that lies right in front of them is nothing more than an inexperienced weak businessman who legitimizes bullying and assault. So realistically, what can I do? What can we do?

We can flood the phone lines of our representatives, senators, congressmen and congresswomen. We can email them. We can have our voices heard. We can call out ignorant behavior when we see it. We can stand up for less privileged groups of people. We can say no to silence. In staying silent, we are just enabling it all to crumble. We can teach our children good from bad, right from wrong. We can teach them to stand up for themselves. We can teach them kindness, compassion, empathy and openness. We have to show love and at the same time show strength. We have to teach our boys that they are not better than girls. We have to teach our girls that they can do anything. We have to teach consent. We have to teach them that their voices and their votes and their opinions matter
. We have to. We have to. We have to.

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