The potential that America can rise above the infamy heaped upon us by the person currently holding the office of president diminishes every day. America reels under each new onslaught of racism, misogyny, and classicism uttered by this individual whom more than half the electorate and 49% of the popular vote chose for this office. I hang my head and shudder, overwhelmed by the latest ugliness which this individual, this politician, spoke.
I acknowledge that I have relatives who voted for the current president. It saddens me to say that they did. At the time of the election, his character had been revealed to any who didn’t already know. I love my relatives, even those who voted for this individual. But I do not understand their decision to vote for him, and I do not understand their silence in the face of his continued, consistent disgusting behavior.
We cannot tolerate racism in any person, particularly not the president. We cannot remain silent while this continues. If we do, the stain of our infinite shame will indeed be indelible. The flag which waves over our land once stood for freedom, liberty, and justice. With this current administration, that flag might just as well be lowered and marked with the stamp of oppression, dictatorship, and tyranny.
I call upon all persons, here and around the world, to stand in solidarity against the current elected president of the United States. We as a nation must be unified in our opposition to this treachery. We as a people must tell this president that he does not speak for us. We must stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Haiti and any other nation seen by this man as constituting a “shithole”. We must proclaim that our shores will not be closed to anyone who wishes to seek harbor here, let alone to those who live in poverty, in political degradation, in famine, or in the turmoil of disaster whether natural or human-inflicted.
The time has long since passed when it is even nominally acceptable to turn a blind eye or a silent voice to this atrocious behavior.
I stand with Haiti.
I stand with immigrants.
I stand with other women, with children, with my fellow disabled persons, and with members of the LGBTQF community.
I stand with all citizens of this nation, and with the Dreamers who yearn to become citizens.
I stand with the people of our global community.
I raise my hand, and I point my finger to the person occupying the office of president and I declare him to be unfit and, further, to be a disgrace to our great nation, the United States of America. I declare that he does not contribute to the greatness of this country but to its demise and ruination. I will stand alone if I must, to deliver this message in a voice that will not be stilled.
I invite you to stand with me.