I spend a great deal of time censoring myself and my beliefs. There are plenty of topics I choose not to discuss with people. Politics rank highly on that list. I’m finding it incredibly difficult to stay silent, though.
As I watch news stories and read articles trying to stay informed (from all types of sources), it has become apparent that this is no longer 2018. We seem to have entered into some sort of Twilight Zone version of the 1960s where instead of it being whites versus blacks it is now everyone against everyone and everything. We have no love for one another anymore. No compassion. No care. No concern. We are self-involved little trolls who all think that our opinion is the only one that matters. The world hates us, and we are too busy hating one another to care.
“If you don’t like it you can leave!” seems to be the go to response for anyone who disagrees with anything you have to say, as if my citizenship is somehow dependent on sharing the same beliefs as them. Its disgusting. Whatever happened to being the land of the free and the home of the brave. Am I not brave for standing up against hatred, racism, and bigotry? Or does that suddenly make me un-American because the Cheeto-in-Chief somehow unearthed every racist member of our population?
What is next? Where do we go from here? Can this nation ever be healed? We are so divided. Over the years I have seen so much positive change. I’ll admit that I have never experienced racism, and I’m not going to pretend that some sort of white privilege doesn’t exist because I can easily drive down the street in a nice car in the middle of the ghetto without having to worry about the police pulling me over because of the color of my skin. I don’t have to worry about making sure my hands are in plain view at a traffic stop or risk being shot. I don’t have to worry about being asked if I am “legal” or told to “go back to where I came from” simply for being in a grocery store…but many, many do.
I guess part of me wanted to believe that we were past all of this, but looking back I’m not entirely sure we ever were. I remember after 9/11 all the racism against Muslims in this country. And now its racism against anyone who isn’t white. I don’t believe that the slogan Trump was looking for was “Make America Great Again”. No. What I think he meant was “Make America White Again”. It seems like everyone who supports Trump believes this…whether they want to think so or not. Deep down…if you are judging that black mom for pulling out her EBT card…if you take a second look at that Muslim woman walking in the mall….if you wonder if that hispanic looking family is legal or not…then you are indeed showing a kind of racism.
I wish I had all the answers to this situation we are in, but I don’t. But I do know that this isn’t how I was raised. My dad fought for this country, and it saddens me that this is what he fought for. We should be ashamed of ourselves. We have ran a once great nation into the ground, and I hope our children can forgive us for it.