I’m participating this month along with many other Bloggers in a month-long event where you publish a blog post every day. Part of the event is to read other people’s blogs. Follow those you like and be followed by those who enjoy your writing. I read a post yesterday that stopped me in my tracks. Like Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction. Allow me to retort!
The post in question was written response to the protests around the nation in response to the election of Donald Trump for President of the United States. She claims to represent the “Millennial Psyche” and in a tongue in cheek manner reflected how things would be if people reacted to other things in life by refusing to accept the result. She (a 40-year-old White woman) summed up her post as follows:
“Hey America, let’s all get over ourselves and recognize that sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Sometimes we have to work really, really hard for stuff, and sometimes we’re going to fail. Sometimes our team wins (Cubs!) and sometimes they don’t (Bears). Some really unfair things are going to happen to us, and it’s going to make us sick and drive us crazy, but it just is.
Just go love somebody else, especially if they look, believe, love or think differently than you. It’s not a suggestion, it’s a mandate from the Creator of the universe.
Now, my cherubs, go forth and take responsibility for thine selves and perhaps, most importantly,
CALM THE F*** DOWN.”
I also need to say that her blog post generated a couple comments. One indicted that her post expressed, “exactly what she was thinking.” Another mentioned something she thought particularly funny.
The writer of the post who I’ll call “Becky” has apparently decided that the protesters are rallying against merely the result of the election. It’s sour grapes. She has totally missed the point that protesters are speaking out against Trump’s promises and policies. They’re saying this will not stand. I’ve written before about people with no Skin in the game that are unconcerned about the impact on others of this result.
Photo: Huffington Post
Some of the protesters are among the twenty million people that will lose their healthcare. Some are protesting the Alt-Right planting their flag in the White House. Even beyond the racism of Trump. Steve Bannon and others who are leaders of the Alt-Right will continue to have the ear of the President. Bannon was just named Trump’s “Chief Strategist. A White Nationalist will be helping guide the President of the United States. Reince Priebus who was just named Trump’s Chief of Staff has actively promoted Voter Suppression of minorities. Not just during the Presidential election but during his entire term as head of the RNC.
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Many are protesting his Immigration policy. Trump just added Kris Kobach to his transition staff. Kobach wrote the unconstitutional “Papers Please” laws implemented in Arizona and then thrown out by even this Supreme Court. Trump himself has advocated Voter Suppression during his campaign. Trump has advocated banning immigrants based on religion. He has advocated surveillance of Mosque’s. He’s suggested only Christians be admitted or at least be taken to the front of the line.
“Becky” is a wife and mother. I saw a picture with her family including 4 girls and a boy. Many of the protesters are mothers and fathers who refuse to accept the misogyny, sexual harassment and sexual assault that Trump brags about. A rape case that would have gone to trial in December was withdrawn because the Plaintiff was receiving death threats. Who among these protesters should “Calm the F*** Down?”
I’ve made it this far without once using the word privilege to describe “Becky.” I’m sure she truly does reflect the views of many millennials. Those who see only the frustration of the protesters and don’t see the fear. Fear of bringing “Stop & Frisk” across the nation. Fear of flooding their communities with police while simultaneously being clear that all lives do not matter equally. Many of the protesters know what Trump and Bannon mean when they say, “Make America Great Again.”
Then there are those who see Women losing their right to choose. Being punished if they do assert that right according to Trump. I haven’t even touched on his macho posturing with nuclear weapons and how he’d respond to various situations that could easily lead to war. His mob ties and Russian ties of his staff have already been documented. “Becky” wants us to “Calm the F*** Down.” Chill out! Accept that it is what it is.
Photo: Roanoake Times
Guess what “Becky”? It’s just beginning. The protesters are not protesting because they lost an election. They’re protesting because they love their country and won’t stand by and let Trump lead it into the abyss. We never saw protests like this when Bush and Reagan were elected. Trump is an aberration, worse that all the rest.
Photo: The Independent
David Duke celebrated a “great victory for our people.” The KKK is marching in North Carolina. Muslims and minorities have been assaulted across the country. Children are chanting, “Build the Wall.” Speak out against that “Becky” before telling others to “Calm the f*** down.
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