“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Having just watched Michelle Obama’s powerful rebuke to Donald Trump’s treatment of women, I feel relieved; relieved that she’s able to express and share so eloquently how many of us – men and women – feel. Her ability to go high, uplift, and call a spade a spade is so needed right now. It is expected for campaign seasons to get ugly and this one surely has; however, Michelle Obama’s recent speech has little to do with politics and everything to do with human decency and respect.
As with many of you, the video footage released last week made my heart drop. I can’t say it was surprising though, given Trump’s record of degrading behavior toward women; nor was his dismissiveness of the conversation as regular locker room talk. After watching, I felt the urge to call my mother and vent for a minute. We spoke briefly and her response really stuck with me; although she agreed this latest news was another new low for the Trump campaign, she breathed a sign of acceptance and said, “What can you do, right?” I pictured her on the other end of the call, shrugging her shoulders and realized her reaction isn’t uncommon. When we feel powerless to change things, we accept them. And perhaps at this point in her life she doesn’t believe we can abandon the whole boys will be boys paradigm. Like many of you though, I refuse to accept this response because I know with every ounce of my being that we can not tolerate this lack of basic human decency — for our children, for future generations and for mother-f*cking today.
The fact that with only three weeks to go, an ill-equipped, unstable and hateful man has a fair chance of becoming President of the United States indicates that many of us (myself included) have been silent for too long. Many of us felt sure this reality-tv-like election season would have ended months ago. Trump doesn’t represent what the United States is about; he does not care about the wellness of our country or of the world. His lack of preparedness, extreme narcissicm and I-can-do-no-wrong attitude is disgusting, embarrassing and dangerous for everyone.
I am not a political expert; I’m a passionate, intelligent and caring woman concerned about our country and the world. And I’ve been too much of an observer and not enough of an activist, scared of my own sensitivity to reactions of outrage and hatred that often overpower voices of reason. Our actions matter and our words are powerful, and we have the ability to shift and take a more active role in standing up for what we believe in. I speak as someone blessed to have been born in America and to have been afforded many privileges others have fought for – many of which I have taken too much for granted. Differences of opinion are critical to gaining new perspective and progress; however, when all respect is lost (as is the case with our current Republican nominee) we must stand together in opposition. It has been truly inspiring to witness so much strength shining through as many people come together during this critical time. Regardless of whom you support, all eligible please vote on November 8th.
* Song For This Moment: “1000x” by Jarryd James featuring Broods.