It's been a weird nearly two weeks since the voting public elected a racist, and in that time my slice of the nation has only grown more anxious. As I mentioned last week, teaching children in communities hurt bad by the electoral college offers a particularly unique perspective of being pro-love, anti-hate, and protective as hell. My soul has been demanding a way to express my rage that goes beyond actively being an ally and into proactively making art to understand what the new future holds.
And yet, the organization I work for prohibits me from expressing my views in the uniform I spend 12 hours a day in. Finding a space for catharsis is becoming increasingly more difficult.
I have been recently inspired by Douglas Kearney's work on miscarriage. I find a lot of parallels in the words he has written here, but the primary mirrors are that he is someone who stereotypically shouldn't be upset at the event and that he incorporates humor. With that in mind, I present my own take:
9 WAYS TO RATIONALIZE MOVING PAST THE ELECTION
1.) "Focus On The Good"
Remember, in four short years, this suffering will be over. In shorter than half a decade, the racist, xenophobic, misogynist your country placed the highest vote of confident might not be reelected. In as little as 208 weeks, the man who has admitted on a hot mic to assaulting women will leave office, and the bloody wounds he has slashed on the nation's skin will instantly heal. That is good, isn't it?
2.) "Our Economy Does Need A Businessman"
And man, what a straight shooter. He's going to make our economy Great again, take our jobs back, and rescue the middle class. You know, all people really want is to get paid and not die, so all this social stuff is gonna fall by the wayside once we're all a bit richer. No, I haven't looked at his business plan. Why?
3.) "If You Aren't Breaking Any Rules, You Have Nothing To Be Afraid Of"
That's right, own your privilege for once. Relax for a bit, take a load off, abandon all foresight and use your whiteness while you can, go out and pick up a Breitbart hat while you're at it. You'll finally be able to do all the things you wanted to, the things past generations promised you could. And at the end of four years, people will say, "You know, he was just taking advantage of the situation. I would've done the same."
4.) "We Have Learned As A Nation, This Won't Happen Again"
You only have to get murdered once to be dead.
5.) "I'm Going To Boycott Trump Products, That'll Show Them"
I wonder if it'll help if people begin to boycott being on the Muslim Registry or taking part in their own deportation. We as a nation are now against the legislative and sheer physical power of the Federal Government, and it takes more than just some half-baked refusal to not stay in Trump Towers.
6.) "Now Is The Time For Us To Accept The President In The Name Of Peace"
In theory, peace is based in compromise. But sometimes, justice is more important than peace. Never compromise, not even in the face of Armageddon.
7.) "It's In The Past Now"
The realization that a figurehead for white supremacy and ignorant hate doesn't resonate with me once an hour like it used to. Now, it only really sinks in when it's quiet, like pausing to float in cold water and having the chill soak through. And I'm a white guy.
8.) "I Didn't Vote For Trump"
Do you want a cookie?
9.) "Not All White People Are Like Trump"
I wrote an article a while back about how white folks should react to traumatic events they might not understand. In it, I called myself (and folks like me) out to realize something: it's not always about you, but it's not always not about you either. Sometimes, taking a backseat or just doing what you can is better than dwelling on your own racial identity.