To the editor:
It was clear from the get-go that Trump’s slogan “Make America great again” was code for “Make America white again.” After 8 years of leadership of the first black president, the racists were seething and cheated their way into power. I will never forget the outrage of tens of thousands uncounted black votes in 2016 due to “voting machine malfunction” in Detroit and Flint, Michigan. The black vote is very powerful and can decide elections!
There was a sense of hope that lived during the Obama years. America was finally becoming more progressive and tolerant. Racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of intolerance were increasingly called out and marginalized. Gay people could marry. President Obama said of Trayvon Martin: “He could have been my son,” and we grieved with our president, and with all the parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters who had grievously lost their kin in senseless acts of racist violence, as we are grieving now again the death of George Floyd.
In the three years since the disastrous 2016 election, it has been difficult to keep that sense of hope alive. The fascist and autocratic impulses of the current erratic, mendacious, racist, divisive president are threatening the very foundations of this democracy. His MAGA hat crowds are loving the hate and spite, the name calling, the bullying and threats. His cronies in government cower before the meanness of his tweets. With the so-called president’s penchant for military domination, the general sense of dread for where this is heading is very strong.
In light, or rather darkness, of this, I have to keep remembering, and want to say here, that really, however much this hateful faction may appear to have power at the moment, this is its last desperate hurrah. It is an absolute minority of the population of this country. These people will lose their power come November because we will vote them out. Millions and millions and millions of us, voters of color, young voters, old voters, progressives, and even conservatives have experienced and witnessed enough of the ugly underbelly of this country. We are sick and tired and outraged. We will vote for the end of this nightmare. We will vote to end racism. We will vote for every human’s right to be treated with dignity and respect. And after we have voted we will keep demanding equality and justice for all.
Every human life, all life really, in all its myriad forms, in all its diversity, beauty and mystery, does more than matter. It is sacred. We are all kin — one sacred humanity. We have no business visiting misery on each other, on other creatures, or even on the very earth itself. May we keep realizing peace on earth.