“As I sit here and breathe, I never thought the good God would let me live to see someone walk into the middle of a revolution, pull a lugubrious face, and say, ‘What’s the matter?” ― Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman
I have seen a lot of people on the internet this week calling people babies and entitled and stupid for being upset about the election or for protesting or for being afraid. First of all, that’s rich considering the obstructionism of Congress over the last eight years. More importantly, however, I have seen more people writing about fear for their lives or their safety. I have seen reports of harassment, assault, and threats at the hands of those who feel like they have won the right to be racist or sexist monsters because of the rhetoric of our president-elect and those who endorsed him. You do not have the right to be a monster. No matter your politics, you do not have the right to verbally or physically assault your fellow citizens. You do not have the right to violate their constitutional rights.
If you think that is dramatic, you need to pay more attention. Here are some resources, from the many available, some of them crowd-sourced if you’re one who distrusts the media:
- Day 1 in Trump’s America
- A Running List of Reported Racist Incidents Since Trumps’s Election
- Why We’re Afraid
- Harassment at Universities Since Election Day
- Nazi-Related Trump Graffiti Found in South Philly
- GOP Shouldn’t Mistake Clinton Loss as a Nativist Mandate
- Univeristy of Oklahoma Student Suspended After Racist Social Media Sent to Black UPenn Freshmen
- Muslim Teacher Told to Hang Herself with Her Headscarf
- Royal Oak Students Chanting “Build the Wall”
- Racist, Anti-Semitic Statements Rock Lake Oswego High School
- Saudi Student Beaten, Killed in Wisconsin
- Newt Gingrich Wants New House Un-American Activities Committee
- Investigation Underway After 2 Racist Signs Posted Above Water Fountains at First Coast High School
- KKK to Hold Trump Victory Parade in NC
- Journalists Fear for Their Profession, Some for their Safety
- People Are Crying; It’s Not Because They Lost a Race
- Post-election spate of hate crimes greater than Post-9/11, experts say
(With thanks to my friend Megan, for tirelessly posting examples to Facebook.)
Please, don’t pull a lugubrious face and brush these fears under the rug. If you are calling for unity, you need to be part of that unity by speaking out against those who are saying things that suggest that the United States is a country just for white men or that men can treat women however they please. If you do not say anything, you are complicit. Your silence is support and agreement. It reflects on your character and your values. People are watching. Show up. Please.
Speak up if Trump tries to silence the press. Speak up if you see someone threatening another person. Speak up if you hear someone say something shitty, hateful, sexist, or racist, or otherwise bigoted. Set a better tone. Wear a safetypin. Be a good example. Please.