Speak up now before it’s too late. Who will be left to speak up for you? #Think #Speak #BeTheChange #EngageTheEnraged
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?
Taken today at the opening of the National Museum Of African American History And Culture (NMAAHC), we can see that true friendship can cross party lines. I hope that the friendship between First Lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush can be used as an example in politics and life.
Original image from Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer, David Kennerly.
This election season has been a page turner for a wannabe political aficionado like me. If you would have told me that Donald Trump would be the last candidate standing, with Ted Cruz still thinking about returning for the nomination, I would have laughed in your face. In fact, I would have already been cracking up when a primary candidate had selected a running mate before he had won the party’s nomination.
The other party has not been without its laughs—especially when it comes to pandering to votes of anyone who is not a white male. In a fight to show diversity and inclusion, the nominees have said and produced some highly laughable things. I still can’t believe Hillary’s campaign added Rosa Parks to her logo, and I’m speechless about her hot sauce swag.
Elections 2016 has gone beyond House of Cards. You can’t make this stuff up…can you? Although I can act like we are living in a reality show and soon the director will yell cut, I know that I am not receiving a pay check from Andy Cohen or Simon Cowell. Therefore, this is our new reality.
Many people, have quipped that if Hillary wins, they are not voting in the general election; and if Bernie wins, the same goes for them. Why would you throw away a freedom that so many have fought for in childlike temper tantrum? Consider that the 2000 Presidential Election only had a 51.2% voter turnout, and George W. Bush won by 5 electoral votes. Our history books could have been written differently if the other half of the country decided to get off their butts and vote. Don’t lose your voice by not voting.
The other thing that I’ve heard is that if Donald Trump wins, people will move out of the country. I have to admit that I was one of those people. Now, as the election draws nearer, I refuse to let some man make me move out of this country. I will continue to use my voice to speak against his negative views and use my time to fight divisive, elitist, misogynistic, and racist policies. Donald Trump would hope that people like me would want to move out of the country so that he could make “America Great Again.” While some of my ancestors may have not chosen to come these lands, others were the first residents. That means this country belongs to me. You should also see that this country belongs to you. Do not force yourself out. Fight for what is right and then limit his term to only four years.
Whether you consider these elections a joke or not, take your vote seriously. It’s the one part of this reality show that you can help script.
Drops mic…Obama out. 🎤😎
Thoughts??? Did Wilmore go too far, or did he just tell it like it is?
So grateful for The Washington Post’s live updates of the White House Correspondents Dinner. I missed it so I’ll be one of those annoying people commenting about it on Monday.