My wife recently expressed concern for my safety and well-being.
You see, I’ve decided (for a while at least) to leave my “Hillary” magnet on my vehicle.
Kathleen believes that in this time of Trump-sanctioned acts of violence, I may be inviting hate-crimes against myself or my property.
She’s right, of course.
And I have considered removing it for just that reason. Seriously, I really don’t want to get beaten up or spat on. In my younger days I did take a number of beatings (many from my younger brother. 🙂 ). But my bones weren’t nearly as brittle then. Now, I don’t know that I could survive such an incident. I’m too old for that shit.
Still, I’m leaving the magnet on my truck. Yes, I have a little fear in doing so, but I will not be ruled by that. Now is not the time to go into hiding. Now is certainly not the time for anyone to stay in their closet (unless they’re praying).
No, now is the time to stand.
To stand tall, vigilant and proud.
I will display my support for social justice on my vehicle, my clothing, and any other way I can. I will be more bold than ever.
Hate-crimes are increasing by those who believe they have the government’s blessings.
We need to stand up for ourselves, and whenever possible, intercede on behalf of anyone we see being harassed, belittled or abused.
We’ll all have to give more to the causes of social justice. Time, or money. Both when possible. We need to keep our camera phones ready to record when needed. We must be unafraid to speak out against discrimination and hate. Especially hate that comes from those claiming to stand for God. Yes, that’s hard to do if you fear for your safety. It’s been hard in every civil rights movement of the past, and it will often be hard now.
We may not be using swords, rifled-muskets or breech loaders, but we are in a civil war. Hillary won the popular vote (by quite a lot, really), but Donald won the electoral college. Either way, This was a tight race. We are living in the Divided States of America, and we can’t just all get along. The opposition will often use physical violence. We MUST use what author and activist Mel White calls “The Practice of Relentless Nonviolent Resistance.” Love still trumps hate. It sounds trite. It’s not what I want to hear or say right now. But it has to be. It just has to.
Yes. Hate won.
Hate won this battle, but the war for justice and equality goes on.
And by the grace of God, I will stand.
As of yet, I’m not too old for that.
I don’t know who put this together, but I like it: