Reflecting and Moving Forward

We are all riding high from the marches this weekend. I could never have predicted how much it would heal me, and how much it would instill Obama-style hope for the future. When we are knocked down – and we will be – we can point to this moment and say, “this is why.” And we will keep trying, knowing our sisters stand behind us.

I know it’s hard to remember, but we were really terrified of John McCain and Sarah Palin. We mobilized, we spoke, we won.

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Maintaining Focus With The Weight Of The World On Your Shoulders

My mood, since November 9th, has waffled between screaming rage, crippling anxiety, and a calm, clear-headed anger. The first two are useless. They will rip us to shreds. They will cause us to fatigue and disconnect. We can’t have it. Number three? I’ll have what she’s having.

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White People, Understand MLK Before You Quote Him

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., all things considered, was not much of a friend of whites. I don’t say that to disparage him; quite the contrary. We just did not earn his friendship. He is one of the greatest heroes of the modern era. That makes us, white people, the villain in his harrowing story. We stood, on the whole, in opposition to MLK and everything he stood for. Even those individuals who didn’t were born into the system that made them unequal and reaped advantages.”Good” white people are harder to come by than you’d think. I think we all learned that in November.

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December Update: Diversifying My Social Media

In this post I included an action item to set up a monthly calendar alert to remember to follow 3 people of color and 2 Republicans you respect, even if you disagree with them (basically, possible allies).

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How far across the aisle are we expected to reach?

I’ll be frank: I do not understand the ardent Trump supporters, and I think their vision for our country is devastating and destructive, and I do not think we should allow it to come to fruition. We can make arguments that they are misguided by fake news and propaganda, just desperate for job security and a better life, but they have made the decision that their better life will only come with the oppression of others, and that interference from a foreign power in our election is either something not to be worried about or something to just willfully ignore.

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Don’t take progress for granted: a brief history lesson

If there’s something we need to keep with us, it’s not to become complacent. There is a good chance our day to day lives, depending on the color of our skin and how much money we have, might stay relatively the same as they have been.

We need to be constantly reminded of what is at stake, for us and others, and we need to constantly question our preconceived notions and assumptions about the way of the world.

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Do you want to be a white ally?

On paper, I’m sure the answer is yes. If there’s one thing that pains me this election, it’s the stark realization that so many people – people I love, even – voted for Trump despite his racism. Racial tensions have been growing and growing and I’ve been aware, but I didn’t realize how few white allies there really are.

First and foremost, I am a white person speaking to white people, so any opinions I ever express on race come second to the opinions of those who suffer at the hands of racism.

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