Recently I posted this to my Facebook and it sparked a major debate between my friends. There were people who genuinely inspire me and who have shown me authentic love and respect, who have let me into their homes, made me a seat at their tables for family holidays and have given me some of my most treasured memories, but also support our president. I respect everyone’s political stance and opinions. I’m not super political myself, but I have invested a good amount of time these past few years trying to educate myself and make sure my vote is an educated one.
I believe voting is more than red and blue. I look at the way people are being led and what they’re being told by our president and I’m filled with anger and fear. America is supposed to be a great country of freedom and opportunity. People come here in pursuit of the “American Dream” and we have leadership that claims to be for the people but has shown they are only here for the white, heterosexual, cis gender people. We need to do better as voters to truly educate ourselves on our candidates rather than choosing red or blue because of what we “believe”. Religion doesn’t belong to any one party, just like masculinity doesn’t belong to a gender. Somewhere along the way we’ve constructed this narrative that one party is more “christian” than the other.
WE CAN DISAGREE AND LOVE EACH OTHER, UNLESS YOUR DISAGREEMENT IS ROOTED IN MY OPPRESSION AND DENIAL OF MY HUMANITY AND RIGHT TO EXSIST.JAMES BALDWIN
Racism and intolerance is in the fabric of our country’s DNA and although we’ve come a long way, the battle for true equality is no where near where it needs to be. I’m a queer, Black Hispanic and every part of who I am has been attacked by the hate from the Trump administration. My political stance isn’t about being a republican or democrat, it’s about knowing the difference from right and wrong. We need to start looking at our current political climate and understand that this issue is not based on a matter of opinion or political party, but of character. Our president is racist, sexist, homophobic and intolerant, those terms may seem harsh but it’s the truth and there are interviews and quotes from our president proving this to be true.
Some people’s defense in supporting our president is solely based on his position, but where is the line? Adolf Hilter was appointed Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and became president (Der Führer) in 1934. If someones defense in supporting our president is solely based on his position then this argument means, they would support Hitler during Nazi Germany if they were German. If we continue to “respect the position” what kind of future are we going to have in America? I think about my future and often times get scared because of what I see in our country now.
If you haven’t stopped to think what it’s like to walk in my shoes, then how can you ever expect to understand where I’m coming from? What it’s like to be subjected to racism and homophobia. Having to deal with the emotional and mental toll it takes to step away from that, then see people you love, support leadership that reinforces those behaviors.
I never thought a witty and bratty Facebook post would spark such an intense dialogue, but I’m glad it did because it gave me a chance to share my point of view.