Eurydice (eurydice72) wrote,

Can't bite my tongue

I'm getting really tired of biting my tongue around people I know it's a waste of breath with, but I'm so sick and tired of people telling me that I need to suck it up or that voting for a misogynistic, hateful man for a reason that is not about hate means his voters are completely blame free or that I'm the one being hateful for continuing to talk about "so-called hate crimes" when most of them aren't real anyway.

I mean, look, I understand that some people voted for Trump out of desperation. They're basically good people and they want change. I feel bad for them. I do, however, still hold them responsible for the hate that has exploded in the past few days, because Trump's win told anyone with a problem with women/non-Caucasians/gays/other religions that just about half the people who voted in the election agreed with them. A lot of them probably don't, but those haters aren't going to see it like that. They see it as permission to finally say and do all the things they've wanted to all along. And the only reason all that bile is now out in the open and people I know are getting publicly attacked--even here in the Bay Area, I've had three different friends have to deal with some form of public harassment in the past four days--is because Trump is in office. And those people who want change--who aren't going to get what they want most likely, because a) politics doesn't work that way, b) it's not in DC's economic interest to do them, and c) Trump will flipflop and do something else--are the ones who put them there.

Whether they want to see it or not, that makes them responsible. And frankly, the only way for that to get mitigated for me is for them to take some sort of action--not words, those are useless--to help counter the stream of hate that's now out there.

So no, I don't have to suck it up. Republicans gave Obama crap for eight years, and all of a sudden, we have to swallow what they're selling? I don't think so. These crimes are fabrications of the liberal media because we're fear-mongerers? Tell that to my friend Chris, a fifty-year-old woman of 100% Native American descent, who was accosted in a Safeway by an old white man yelling at her to go back to her own country. (Although, in that event, Chris called him on it because she doesn't back down from anything. I cheered when she told me, lol.) Tell that to my friend M who got chased back to her car in a parking lot when she tried ignoring their hateful words and they decided she needed to be paying attention to them.

Of course, it would be a lot easier to protest the result if some assholes would stop breaking the law during other protests. They're making us look bad, which just makes it even harder for Trump's voters to hear what we're saying about fear. Violence is not what protests are about.

At the end of the day, it boils down to the fact that Trump voters were willing to trade the rights/safety of entire groups of Americans for the possibility of change. They can argue that nobody's in danger, that this is the exact same country it was on Monday, except it's not. Not by a long shot. Not with Pence, one of the most anti-women, anti-LGBT politicians in this country, leading the transition. Not with people acting out because they listened to Trump's rhetoric for over a year. The selfishness of that trade-off sickens me.
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