Y’all scare me. Y’all scare me so much that there are certain friends of mine, that I don’t want to invite over. I’m scared of what one of you will do if you see them driving through my “white” town, or walking down the driveway to my house. I’m afraid that you so fully believe in the hateful bullshyt spouted by our new president, that you will make it a point to take action against my friends. What is wrong with you? What makes you think that “hate” is indicative of “love”?
I want you to know that the things you are currently supporting hurt people, even if you never lift a finger against another. Your thoughts, your beliefs, condone the despicable actions of those who are willing to cause physical, or emotional, damage to someone who is non-white, or not male, or not straight, or not “Christian”, and the list goes on. Supporting disgusting rhetoric out of the mouth of an indisputably privileged “white” man, equals support of the awful things that embody such rhetoric.
I’m sad today. I’m sad because my fear pales in comparison to the very legitimate fear felt by those who don’t look like, or identify, like I do. See, I’m safe (relatively speaking). I fit the dominant group stereotype. I’m a “white” man, who is also heterosexual AND from a middle class family. The only way I could be safer is if my family made millions of dollars a year. My friends, though… They’re not like me. They look like the people your new president has been bad mouthing, publicly, and despicably for even longer than this pathetic excuse of an election campaign. My friends, they have to worry about simply leaving the house, especially those who have jobs next to all people who look like me. They walk down the street today, and they are likely to be hurt by someone who hates their otherness.
I’m typically more eloquent, but this fear is having an impact on that eloquence. I am still putting this out because I think you should see how I’m faltering, you should see the pain and paralyzing fear that is running rampant right now. It’s sickening that you can ignore the documented actions, and comments, from this man because of some weird fantasy that he is going to change things for the better. “Make America Great Again”, doesn’t make sense, at least not rationally. Going “back” to repressive policies and overt derision in the streets, isn’t a great thing, it’s a terrible thing which is going to result in the deaths of amazing human beings. It will strangle the life out of progress, and engender a fear to even be alive for some. There are people who are rightfully terrified to simply live as the person they are, whether that person be gay, female, non-white, Muslim, Jewish, transgender, and a host of other identities which are now under very real attack. And way too many educated, and relatively well off people, are ignorant to this terror, and unwilling to acknowledge that it is literal terrorism.
I love y’all… I really do, but you scare me. We all have a long way to go, and that path has become damn near mountainous because of you. Please… For the sake of my friends and family, and their friends and family, and so on… Please take a step back, and look at what you have done, look at what you are telling the world, look at the fear in people’s faces, words, and actions. I am begging you to stop killing the people I love.