Push back against the veil of darkness...
Our institutions will not save us.
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I could not say it any better than this.
Stuff That Needs To Be Said
Hereís Why We Grieve Today
NOVEMBER 9, 2016†† JUNE 12, 2017
I donít think you understand us right now.
I think you think this is about politics.
I think you believe this is all just sour grapes; the crocodile tears of the losing locker room with the scoreboard going against us at the buzzer.
I can only tell you that youíre wrong. This is not about losing an election. This isnít about not winning a contest. This is about two very different ways of seeing the world.
Hillary spoke about a diverse America; one where religion or skin color or sexual orientation or place of birth arenít liabilities or deficiencies or moral defects. Her campaign was one of inclusion and connection and interdependency. It was about building bridges and breaking ceilings. It was about going high.
Trump imagined a very selective America; one that is largely white and straight and Christian, and the voting verified this. Donald Trump has never made any assertions otherwise. He ran a campaign of fear and exclusion and isolationóand thatís the vision of the world those who voted for him have endorsed.
They have aligned with the wall-builder and the professed p*ssy-grabber, and they have co-signed his body of work, regardless of the reasons they give for their vote:
Every horrible thing Donald Trump ever said about women or Muslims or people of color has now been validated.
Every profanity-laced press conference and every call to bully protestors and every ignorant diatribe has been endorsed.
Every piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation Mike Pence has championed has been signed-off on.
A huge portion of our country has declared these things acceptable, noble, American.
This is the disconnect and the source of our grief today. It isnít a political defeat that weíre lamenting, itís a defeat for Humanity.
Weíre not angry that our candidate lost. Weíre angry because our candidateís losing means this country will be less safe, less kind, and less available to a huge segment of its population, and thatís just the truth.
Those who have always felt vulnerable are now left more so. Those whose voices have been silenced will be further quieted. Those who always felt marginalized will be pushed further to the periphery. Those who feared they were seen as inferior now have confirmation in actual percentages.
Those things have essentially been campaign promises of Donald Trump, and so many of our fellow citizens have said this is what they want too.†
This has never been about politics. his is not about one candidate over the other.
Itís not about oneís ideas over anotherís.
It is not blue vs. red.
Itís not her emails vs. his bad language.
Itís not her dishonesty vs. his indecency.
Itís about overt racism and hostility toward minorities.
Itís about religion being weaponized.
Itís about crassness and vulgarity and disregard for women.
Itís about a barricaded, militarized, bully nation.
Itís about an unapologetic, open-faced ugliness.
And it is not only that these things have been ratified by our nation that grieve us; all this hatred, fear, racism, bigotry, and intoleranceó
itís knowing that these things have been amen-ed by our neighbors, our families, our friends, those we work with and worship alongside. That is
the most horrific thing of all. We now know how close this is.
It feels like living in enemy territory being here now, and thereís no way around that. We wake up today in a home we no longer recognize. We
are grieving the loss of a place we used to love but no longer do. This may be America today but it is not the America we believe in or recognize or want.
This is not about a difference of political opinion, as thatís far too small to mourn over. Itís about a fundamental difference in how we view the
worth of all peopleónot just those who look or talk or think or vote the way we do. Grief always laments what might have been, the future we were robbed of, the tomorrow that we wonít get to see, and that is what we walkthrough today. As a nation we had an opportunity to affirm the beauty of our diversity this day, to choose ideas over sound bytes, to let everyone know they had a place at the table, to be the beacon of goodness and decency we imagine that we areóand we said no.
The Scriptures say that weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning. We canít see that dawn coming any time soon.
And this is why we grieve.