Donald Trump can be rightly blamed for ruining or attempting to ruin a lot of important things: trust in the Electoral College, public education, the environment, health care, free speech, women’s lives. They are all far more important than my personal complaints, but, on this Presidents Day (a holiday that I once loved out of my adoration of Lincoln that now gives me no joy), I share my list of personal grievances:
- I can’t pretend certain relatives and old high school friends aren’t racists.
- I can’t listen to NPR because I barf a little bit in my heart when I hear a hatemonger referred to by a title that Lincoln wore. For my late November birthday, I’d actually asked for a new radio for the kitchen so I could catch All Things Considered as I prepped dinner. After November 7, I changed my mind.
- I have to make sure that everywhere I shop hasn’t been targeted by the #GrabYourWallet campaign.
- I’ve lost friends who can’t abide my constant stream of negative comments about the failure of the Democratic Party to beat the worst candidate in recent US history.
- I don’t want to check my On This Day in Facebook. The dire predictions of what a Trump presidency would mean for democracy were already sounding a year ago. Clearly, key voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin were not reading my FB page. (Sniff!)
- I look at every Baby Boomer, white woman, and white evangelicals and think, “What the hell is wrong with you people?” And I’m a white woman who loves a lot of Baby Boomers and white evangelicals.
Above, our family says “Never” to the anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, nativism, and misogyny of the Trump administration at a local rally for immigrants.
There are two pluses: My work in hate studies seems to be on solid footing for the next few years, and a DT administration has pushed forward questions I’ve been examining on the mainstreaming of hate. So, bad for the world but good for my work. 🙁 And I’ve been writing a lot more. WordPress tells me I’ve now written over 100 blog posts, and many (if not most) deal with the fallout from Trump in some way. Not sure if that’s unhealthy or a coping mechanismunhealthy or a coping mechanism.