I'm angry because fascism is wrong. White supremacy is wrong. Anti-Semitism is wrong. These ideas represent fundamental denials of human rights. The language these groups use is that of fear, hate, repression. Cleansing, purity, taking "it back,"--what version of America is this? A version minorities have for too long been too aware, now naked and exposed for all. And yet, our President himself subscribes to blame on "all sides?" There are only two sides, Mr. President--wrong and right. Where do you stand amidst history?
A frog dumped into a pot of boiling water will quickly jump out, but if you slowly heat the water, the frog will not notice until the poor guy is cooked to death. Are we the frog?
I refuse to believe in Trump's America--closed and cruel. I refuse to believe that his answer is the best we have for those left out. I refuse his dismantling of American leadership, his calculating belief in false economics, his distaste for honesty. And, luckily, I find myself in good company--states whose governments refuse to comply with Trump, businesses seeking balance between profit and the social good, politicians sincerely seeking the betterment of their constituents, but mostly American men and women who refuse to shirk their duty, who believe we can still tackle hard problems, who know--in their very marrow--that these colors don't run.