Stand Together?

Written by a friend who asked to go nameless because she lives in a place where it is scary to be who she is:

Please read this. Please copy and paste.
“There are a few Trump supports still included in my friends list here. We’ve had some hard conversations. Here’s what I have to say to you directly:
If you REALLY believe that this President does not stand for racism, bigotry, and sexual assault on women, and if you REALLY are committed to ensuring that his presidency does not give rise to these forces, you will join me in activism against them. You will keep your eyes open EVERYWHERE, and you will use your privilege to step up and step out to protect our fellow Americans who have become the targets for the racists, bigots and sexual predators who DO feel vindicated.
– You will put your white body in between the Muslim woman and the person shouting at her in the grocery store.
– You will put your male (or otherwise) body in front of the woman being threatened and touched by men on the street, shouting “grab her by the pussy!”
– You will immediately begin cleaning the graffiti you see on a black neighbors car or house that says “n*gger go back to Africa”
– You will have harsh words with the school administration that allowed kids in your child’s class to bring deportation letters to school for the brown students, even though your kid didn’t get one.
– You will shout louder than the asshole screaming at a brown person to leave the country.
– You will put yourself in between your child and the trans or gay kid they are bullying, and hold your child accountable for their behavior, even if you don’t understand. *Especially* when you don’t understand.
– You will actively and persistently use your safety and privilege in your white body to stand as a barrier in between the hateful and those they target.
– When you see these things on social media, you will VOCALLY oppose them. You will put your voice on that post and say no, this is not right. You will stand against your friends and family who share them and laugh.
– You will directly and personally address any of this that you see or hear in your friends and family.
This will challenge you. This will frighten you. This will push you WAY beyond your comfort zone. You will do it anyway, because you believe that this is not what we stand for in this country. That all of us are equal, and that human beings do not deserve to be abused and threatened and harmed because of the color of their skin, their religion, their gender or their ability.
When I see you doing this, when you join me actively in this, then and only then will we be on the same side.”


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