I’m having a hard time focusing today. My first child leaves for college in two days. My son turns 12 in two days. And my President makes me want to crawl into a corner and cry. But I can’t crawl into a corner. Or say nothing.
To watch all those white men march with those torches and surround those brave Americans around a confederate statue chanting “Jews will not replace us” or “White lives matter” makes me sad and sick to my core. How can this be? How can our President not speak out against that? How can he say both sides are to blame? How can anybody?
I can’t say nothing. I can’t crawl into a corner. We know the history of Nazi Germany. We know about the history of slavery and racism in America.
This president is dangerous. He fosters hate. Our stock market might be climbing and our unemployment rate may be at lower than it’s been in years, but he cannot bring our country together. It’s not even in his plan. He thrives on division. And it will get worse before it gets better.
There is a line in the sand. To say nothing is a stand. Racism and religious persecution has no place in America. Now is the time to speak out. If you want it to stop, then speak up. Racism has been around long before Trump arrived, but he’s given a hall pass to haters. It’s time to put them in detention and kick his ass out of office.
Our country was born when we stood up against tyranny. People from all walks of life stood up and fought for our freedom. When the South decided slavery was worth fighting and dying for, we fought again and won. When Germany thought it should rule the world (not once, but twice), we rose. When Martin Luther King Jr. led a movement that led to Civil Rights for all, we rose.
We must rise again. Hate has no place in America.
Maybe now, I can help my daughter pack for college.