It is painfully easy for someone like myself — a white male, and a member of the oft-venerated (if quickly eschewed) demographic of America’s War Veterans — to dismiss a Donald Trump presidency as not being the “end of the world as we know it.”
Then there are folks like Mr. Takei. A living member of two historically disparaged groups of U.S. citizens. The Japanese Internment during World War II is forgotten at the best of times, or refuted like the Armenian Genocide at the worst of times. Furthermore, homosexuals in the United States are disparaged to this day, despite huge leaps and bounds toward equality and understand in recent years.
So it is tempting to take the easy way out, and forget that people like George Takei are still kicking to tell us that there is a history of misery that cannot be forgotten, and must not be repeated.
I’ll help keep the U.S. moving forward and stop history from repeating if I can.