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I get it. You were fed up. You couldn’t take it anymore. You’re tired of being told how to think, what to say, where to go, and who to love. You are fed up with being called a racist. You are tired of feeling guilty for being white. You are tired of being forced to pay for entitlements that your don’t want or will never need. You resent having to earn a degree in order to make a living. I get it. You are fed up. So you said, “Fuck it, I’m voting for Trump.”

I get it. You are fed up. You want to be heard. You must be heard. You will be heard! And I hear you. Actually, I’ve heard you all along. I’ve heard you all my life. I know what you believe, as you rammed it down my throat. I know what you think, because you forced me to learn it from your one-sided textbooks. You’ve actually been very outspoken about it, from the pulpit, the town square, and the football stadium. I sat silently on your couches and at your dinner tables and in your pews. I’ve overheard exactly what you think about blacks, Jews, gays, and woman. I’ve sat close by scared to disagree. Scared to tell the truth. I was skeptical of your skepticism, but wanted you to be true because you seemed so right. I wanted to believe you. I needed to believe you, but I knew you would never believe me. And when I shared my naked gay truth, you did not believe me. In fact, you rejected me.

So, yes. I get it. You’re fed up. You are so pissed off with the liberal revolution surrounding  you that you voted for Trump. You chose him over me. Your friend. Your veteran. Your testament. You wanted to send the message that you are anti-abortion, anti-black power, anti-gay, anti-government, anti-immigrant, anti-etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I get it. Trump’s subversive rhetoric was refreshing. He told it like it is. He didn’t care what anyone thought. And to you, that was liberating. You were waiting for a world where you could be who you are and say what you want without impunity. As such, you elected a president who has done the same.

I get it. You are fed up. You are tired of being laughed at, condescended, silenced, and dismissed. That’s totally understandable. And now it’s time for the rest of us to shut up and listen. It’s time now for we liberal elites to listen and understand your pain…to empathize with your plight, now that you have elected a demagogue into the White House. It makes perfect sense. People suffering so much pain that can only be alleviated by a protest vote, deserve to be heard.

So, yes. I get it. You are fed up. You demand to be heard! But what you must understand is this: It’s really difficult to listen to your silent protest vote, when for generations you haven’t tried to hear mine. The futility of your argument rests in the fact that your vote alone is your pain elixir, while we fellow citizens on the left carry the deep pain of racism, sexism, and xenophobia that our sacred vote has yet to absolve.

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donald“If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s a DUCK!”

It’s been almost two weeks and I just can’t seem to shake it. I mean, really? Really? Perhaps I’m caught in a political death spiral. I just can’t believe this circus of a reality show that we are watching. With the unsurprising selections of Bannon, Flynn, and Sessions what we feared about a Trump administration has become frighteningly clear. Racism will be as central during the presidency as it was during the campaign! There is no further need to “wait and see.” It’s as clear as the nose on my face.  I just can’t seem to grasp how we as a culture are so blatantly laying aside principles for pragmatism, as if the two are somehow separable. How can we accept racist, sexist, and bigoted social ethics as the means to economic growth. Yes, I know, I know. The transatlantic slave trade, Jim Crow, and the industrial revolution were all built on the backs of white supremacy. But today, with eyes wide shut, we are witnessing the revival of targeted dehumanization as the means to economic growth. Blacks, Mexicans, Islam, Jewishness, women, China are all open game! It’s as if every group except European Christian male whiteness is fair game. I mean, really. I just can’t avert my eyes. Even as one well-schooled in the spiritual dynamics of race, class, gender, and sexuality, I still find this all quite astonishing. After years of research and study, dialogue and debate, dissent and reconciliation it’s still unbelievable to witness the blatant rabidness of racist rhetoric that is about to enter the walls of the White House. It’s so obvious that it’s proving difficult to diagnose, but we just need to call it what it is! I don’t care how prosperous our economy becomes or if the face of Isis is wiped from the planet. Any success accomplished on the backs of the most marginalized is destined for failure. Sure, short-term progress is possible or even probable. But at what cost? As Trumpism seems to be tramppling all over the respectable politics of human dignity and decency, it is becoming more and more clear that if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s a Trump!