I awakened last Wednesday morning, as most of us did, a little shaken by the outcome of our presidential election. Not primarily because of the WHO, but primarily due to the deluge of outrage.
Did we really have NO IDEA that our country was poised to make a bad choice?
Did we really have NO IDEA that a significant segment of our country is fundamentally misogynistic, bigoted, racist, power-hungry?
Did we really have NO IDEA that either way the election turned out, about half of us were going to spiral into outrage, and the other half into bloating gloaters?
Have you spoken to your neighbors?
Have you reached out to the lady next to you in carline?
Have you volunteered at your local domestic violence shelter or homeless shelter?
Have you, or anyone you have ever known, been a victim of domestic violence?
Have you ever known someone who has tried to separate or divorce from a domestic violence/abuse situation? With children?
If you have been in an abusive relationship, tried to divorce or separate, and have children, then you know what to do now.
You know how to handle this situation, because you have dealt with it before.
Power and control,
through bullying, misogyny,
bigoted/racist speech –
been there, done that.
Our courts condone this type of behavior every single bojingle jangle day. Ask around, we’ll tell you all about the reality behind the curtain of American Happy.
We have already worked through our outrage, shock and dismay at realizing the truth of our culture. We are all sorry that the rest of you are just now being smacked in the face with it on a grand and public scale.
We know what to do next, and it isn’t “move to Canada!”
This is what you do. Do what you CAN do.
I can prepare breakfast. I can make healthy choices to fight my cancer. I can work with attorneys/therapists to keep us safe and healthy. I can inform myself about local, national, and global issues.
Talk to your neighbors with respect and compassion. Talk to your family with respect and compassion. Take care of your family. Take care of your neighbors. Turn your frustration into informed action and spread love all around yourself.
Inform yourself about what is happening socially and politically in your community.
Hold your communities’ elected officials to their commitment to represent you. Volunteer for a community committee. Thank those who serve on community committees. Know your Congress people. Know your Senators. Know what they stand for and communicate with them about what you stand for.
Engage. Empower. Encourage.
We’re in this place together.
If we continue to turn our cheeks, spew rhetoric, or close our eyes and our ears, this, THIS, THIS is what happens.
Dear Adults, we NEED to do better.
Know your community. Respect each other.
Know more and make better decisions with that new knowledge.
You are important, not more important that anyone else, and you are loved.
Love, Ms. Herisme xoxo