The above two links were part of my morning read today. Although I have made a commitment to disengage from the name-calling and the finger-pointing, my conscience will not allow me to disengage from the issues which are controlling America’s destiny. It is too important for our children and grandchildren for us to dismiss these issues as a passing occurrence, a blip in history.
The Washington Post article addresses the inevitable conversation with one who is racist and initiates a racial rant or an inappropriate racial joke. (Yes, I still believe in politically correct speech, it is not a sign of weakness). It happens to all of us at some point in our interactions with the world and more often than not, unless we are prepared to speak out, we will defer any comment or correction. Usually, afterwards, we feel extremely uncomfortable with our decision to remain quiet.
For me, the strategy is to tune in to key words in the conversation which will engage my offense strategy. When slurs or demeaning comments are made, I find that simply and CALMLY offering an alternative opinion is usually enough to change the conversation to the weather or the price of beef anuses on the stock exchange. If the offender becomes agitated or threatening, plan B, escape, becomes the action of choice. Physical confrontation never resolves any issues. Please refer to the POST article for further pointers. We cannot remain silent when racism occurs.
The SPLC article entitled “AMERICA, THE TRUMPED” details how the current Administration has been whittling away at our civil rights. People of color, LGBT, physically disabled, people of faiths other than Christianity are being threatened by the powers which control our government from the Executive Branch to the Legislature to the Supreme Court. This dismantling of rights which have been gained by blood and tears throughout America’s history often occurs behind the smoke screen of bluster and bullying which have become hallmarks of Trump’s presidency. We must remain informed and prepared to take action in the elections of 2018 and 2020.
As I have stated, it is not my desire to dip into the cesspool which we call contemporary politics, but every voice which speaks out for civility, tolerance, and equanimity will be heard by the most Sovereign of all powers. May we find that voice and use it constructively.