I have not written a post since the election because it took me some time to process everything. I wanted to make sure that I truly understood what was occurring. I wanted to wait and see if Trump was going to try to unite our country, or would we the fruits of his divisiveness throughout his presidency. Always the optimist, I gave him a chance, and I said maybe things would be better.
Throughout the past 10 days, however, I have seen Trump pick people in his administration that all seem to share one scary perspective of hate in their past. He says that he wants unity, but you question the sincerity of his acceptance speech when you look at his picks. Steve Bannon has been openly connected to white supremacists and anti-Semites. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has been open about his anti-Muslim beliefs, and said on Twitter that the “fear of Muslims is rational.” And lest we forget good ol’ Alabama Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. His view of African-Americans sends chills through my spine because he represents that stereotypical old, white racist man from the deep South. You know the ones that many thought were dead and gone by now, but are now loud and proud again since Trump was elected. Thirty years ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee denied Jeff Sessions a federal judgeship due to his racist remarks. He has called the NAACP and the ACLU “un-American” and “Communist-like.” In addition, it was alleged that he called a black US attorney that worked for him “boy” on numerous occasions.
I am scared. I believe that the civil rights of many will now be considered irrelevant. We must fight harder for every right that we have and each one that we know we still deserve. Yes, we can continue to still protest peacefully. But then what…what’s next? We must unite and mobilize. Each group may be considered a minority separately, but together we are the powerful majority. This goes beyond black, brown, or yellow; Christian, Jewish, or Muslim; straight, bi, or gay; male, female, or non-gender specific. This is the right to live with freedom and equality.
So, tell me, what do you plan to do protect your civil rights?