Rebel Waltz

I haven’t written about the debacle of a week ago yet, because I was laid up in hospital sans computer or phone; I can’t add much to what my dear friend M.S. wrote.

With the appointment of avowed “alt-right”ist (read: racist, anti-Semite, homophobe) Steve Bannon to the second most-powerful position in the country, Trump has made explicit his disregard for the concerns of many. For a leader who is now faced with governing a diverse, multilingual, multicultural, multiracial, multisexual etc. nation rather than a corporation or TV show he can control at whim, or maneuvering a primary process vastly dominated by white, English-speaking, Christian, straight voters, Bannon is a telling choice. It tells those of us who don’t meet the proper rubricate that he (Trump) isn’t even going to make an attempt to represent us and our interests.

As my friend M. very cogently pointed out, those of us in the female, nonwhite, nonstraight, non-Christian, LGBT, impoverished, urban populations have been through maelstroms of shit many times before — throughout history, not just in the United States, but globally, we’ve endured. Here, though, no matter what’s been thrown at us, we’ve found the resolve, the power, the leaders, the movements to carry on to tell the next generation that we’re not that much different than you, that we want what you want, that we cheer for the same football teams, read the same books, pray to our conception of the same god (many of us, at least =P), and love the same way. We found leaders along the way — you know their names: Betty Friedan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, Holly Woodlawn, Harvey Milk and on and on.

We’ll find new leaders this dark hour, and we’ll survive. In the meantime, use our technology our forebears didn’t have to not just ensure our survival, but progress our equality. Join your local NAACP, CAIR, AJC, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, HRC/GLAAD, NOW, Green Party, etc. The progressive cause did not die on 09 Tuesday, November 2016.

~ by Benji on November 15, 2016.

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