I’m going to the Women’s March on Washington, but I not to protest this election.
I am not fighting to have the electoral college overturned. Surprised?
I am not conflicted over the fact that HRC won the popular vote and lost the electoral college. I will not petition or rally or protest this fact.
Trump won and is president-elect.
My biggest fear was this exact thing would happen, except in reverse. (This of course, was my biggest fear before the realization that there was a bigger one: President Trump.)
I feared Clinton would win electoral college and lose popular vote. And the opposition, the same opposition spray painting swastikas, trolling twitter with rape threats, celebrating with a KKK victory parade, thanking Sandy Hook hoaxers for their support, taunting muslim families, chanting “Build The Wall” at high school sporting events, scrawling Heil Hitler on dusty windshields, leaving nooses in public bathrooms, the sad, scary list goes on. Reported incidents of hate crime has increased dramatically since Election Day.
We can only imagine.
But still, I won’t protest this election because if the winning circumstances were reversed, these same patriots would rally and protest the rigged electoral college just like the “whiny crying pussy libtards” – except they would be armed with hate, violence, and weapons – lots and lots and lots of open-carry, concealed carry, child carry guns –armed and willing to make their nation great again.
Whatever the cost.
I do not protest this election. And neither should you.
We had our opportunity, and yet white women voted for sexual predator, and a huge, apathetic, complacent 45% didn’t vote at all.
It’s too late to protest that, so we live (quite differently) with the results: president-elect Trump.
This is what and why I do protest
What I will loudly and proudly demonstrate against the campaign promises and policies aimed to violate human rights, increase segregation, elevate racism, and ignite hate of all marginalized people, including most of whom supported Trump.
I will write and call and email and demonstrate against racist appointments, policies, and promises that violate civil rights.
It’s my American right to let president and any elected representative know that this is not okay with me. If enough of us do just this, the checks and balances are in place so that the president-elect may rethink and readdress the direction he wishes to command, and maybe we can right this sinking ship.
Maybe. But I gotta try.
I will not lay down for the next four years, and neither should you. Protests, like the Million Women March on Washington January 21st, is to amplify our collective voices and remind those elected to govern that women’s rights are human rights. Human rights, the protection and safety of all people, is of utmost importance to us.
Doing nothing got us here, and I for one, will continue my civic duty and let the new president know his policies must be fair to all people, and he must with all his power, leave our country in a better place than he found it.
That would truly make America great, and it seems to me if enough of us shout loud enough long enough, we may indeed provide much-needed reminder to a newly elected Washington set on ignoring voices too often not heard.