cling to your hope

‘Despair, or folly?’ said Gandalf. ‘It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not. It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. Well, let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts.’

#notmypresident

This is the email I sent to my mom a couple days ago after the reality of the aftermath of this election set in and I had a full breakdown. No matter what you think about Trump himself, the fact is he has given a powerful voice to the racists, bigots, sexists, and xenophobes of this country. It’s basic sociology, when someone elected into a  high position of power shares your views, or at least says he does, it legitimizes your opinion. And it makes you feel comfortable to act on your opinion. I’m not going back to Canada, I’m staying and fighting. There is no excuse for these hateful views and I will fight to the day I die for the people on whose backs my white, straight privilege was built on.

Really depressed about this election. Trump’s supporters are so scary, way scarier then him and I didn’t even know that was possible. All the racists that have come out of the woodwork. . . it’s insane. And now they’ve been given a voice. Candace’s little 12 year old sister came home saying kids at her school were telling the Hispanic kids “Trump won, so LEAVE.” Alex’s black doctor friend in Georgia was helping a Hispanic dude pick up trash in the hospital and some racist asshole came up and told them “Trump won, both of ya’ll will be gone soon.” Turns out her Dr. friend was about to operate on the dude’s WIFE. You can’t make this stuff up. One of the refugee kids I used to work is now in college in upstate New York and posted pictures of things written on the bathroom walls of his college (and theses are direct quotes):”fuck stupid Latino immigrants” “fuck the niggers” “love trump” “Isis is calling! The Muslims can leave”. WHERE DO THESE PEOPLE GET OFF, STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID RACIST, XENOPHOBIC ASSHOLES. THEY HAVE ZERO ZERO ZERO EXCUSE FOR THEIR RACISM and then all these white people saying they are going to move to Canada…. like ok, sure, use your privilege to move somewhere else, because the people you leave behind in the US aka the immigrants and refugees are the ones who don’t have that freedom to take off and move to Europe or Canada. And they are the ones that will be hurt the most by Trump’s policies. So ya, move to Canada, it’s your life and you get to do what you want, but if you do, don’t pretend for a second that you care about minorities in the US.

On the other hand, if you are a minority and want to leave, I get it and I get why you are scared.

I can’t believe people can still be this stupid and racist in 2016. I’m so sad. And the most Shakespearean thing about this all is the democratic national committee and Hilary Clinton, as seen in the emails, propped up Trump HOPING he’d be the nominee because they thought he would be the easiest to beat, and instead they gave rise to this insane movement. And the DNC practically picking Hilary as the candidate… They tried to mess with democracy and this is where we ended up. Bernie Sanders would have won because he was the anti-establishment candidate that the people wanted. And instead we ended up with a different anti-establishment candidate – and now president – who appealed to the racists and xenophobes to win, and now has given them a voice that really should never be heard EVER.
Sorry so much negativity, and on dad’s birthday too. But I’m having a bit of a break down and needed to vent.