I don't post much about politics. I couldn't sleep at all last night (ironic, because it was the first time in weeks that my baby did). I kept looking at him, feeling more heavily than ever the gravity of what was at stake. I'm trying to reach beyond the fear, despair and great sadness I feel utterly knocked down by, to see what we an take away from this. I think we all wanted to believe that when push came to shove we were a nation who would see our collective human connection and do the right thing. I think we've all known or at least suspected that there is a great deal of fear, anger and frustration targeted at women, GBLTQ folks, immigrants and people color. I had more faith that love would trump hate. The only thing I can pull out of this profound disappointment is a rationalization that maybe we needed to shine a light on how deep this reality really is. I think we've swept it under the carpet and people haven't owned the bigotry, sexism, xenophobia and anger that exists and has been used to channel and target fear. It's now out in the open. The light is being shined on the reality of how deep this runs. I hope that out of this honest and painful awareness we can finally come to terms with how much work we have to do to really be the people we say we are. So, my challenge now becomes how to remain hopeful and honest and not give into fear and frustration as I try to be apart of a community that changes this country on a deep level toward moving from a place of humanity not away from it. It has to start today, we have a long way to move that needle. More now than ever, we truly have a critical responsibility to use our voices to amplify those that are being silenced.
@todd, we use this to figure out how to help our child to be a contributor for change and an agent of loving kindness and compassion. We surround him with people who believe in that and we support, encourage and expect him to take on teaching those who don't, so that he can be apart of the antidote to all this fear and intolerance of difference and "otherness".