I come to this nearly abandoned space without apology. This election has been too big to remain a silent participant.
I have been sitting with my thoughts for two days. I have so many it’s hard to make sense of them. But I process with words. These are just a few.
There is so much grief.
For the nearly 9 years I’ve been present in this space, I have yet to overtly voice my political opinion. I seem to be able to wax on and on about design, dinners, and days in the sun. I’ve alluded to my political leanings with quotes and hints at how I volunteer my time. I can say the same for my religious affiliation. I believe this quote; but now is the time for words. Words matter; they have weight and meaning. In this space I’ve not wanted to offend nor seem intolerant, never wanting to be lumped into one group or category and labeled just a demographic box. But every day millions of my fellow citizens who are anything other than “white” wake up to such a reality — a demographic box. And they are terrified…. as am I.
In recent weeks I heard someone say “liberals take Trump literally but not seriously and conservatives take Trump seriously but not literally.” I’m still processing this pithy summary. But how are we NOT supposed to take him literally when he seemed to repeat the same horrible things? History will be the final judge; however, that is little comfort for those of us here and now.