Sunday, February 12, 2017

TRUMP WATCH #12 Staying out of politics is PRIVILEGE in Action

Today, instead of focusing on Trump, per se, I want to share with you an important statement sent to me by a friend on Facebook; I think it speaks for itself.

"I want my friends to understand that "staying out of politics" or being "sick of politics" is PRIVILEGE in action.

Your privilege allows you to live a non-political existence. Your wealth, your race, your abilities, your religion, or your gender allows you to live a life in which you likely will not be a target of bigotry, attacks, deportation, or genocide. You don't want to get political, you don't want to fight because your life and safety are not at stake.

It is hard and exhausting to bring up issues of oppression (aka "get political"). The fighting is tiring. I get it. Self-care is essential. But if you find politics annoying and you just want everyone to be nice, please know that people are literally fighting for their lives and safety. You might not see it, but that's what privilege does.

I also want to say to my friends who are new to this, my friends who have recently become more vocal, my friends who've seen the damage POTUS has done so far, my friends who went to The Women's March -- I am proud of you for getting involved. Don't stop there. Keep having these discussions, keep talking about politics, stay active.
And when you read the critiques of The March from other progressive women who didn't feel represented, don't get defensive or discouraged.

Activism needs critique. We need to ask ourselves where we were as Flint's water has been poisoned, or where we were when Philando Castile was killed, or John Crawford or Eric Garner. If the women who showed up at the march showed up when people of color were murdered, it would stop.

Intersectionality means showing up even when the issues don't affect us directly. Stay awake and stay active. We need you so much right now.

- Kristen Tea

Note to Morning Pete readers: 
Over the weekend (Feb 9-12) I was unable to send out TRUMP WATCH via Gmail as I had been doing, probably because one of Gmail’s security algorithms determined that I was sending out group emails every day and so might be a spammer (or worse). So, I spent yesterday learning how to use Mail Chimp, which is the way I've been sending out TRUMP WATCH to non-Facebook users. Then, last night (Feb 12), exhausted and out of time, I did a small test mailing with the above TRUMP WATCH #12: Staying out of politics is PRIVILEGE in Action. 

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