Let it be known that…

A church sign that moved me.

I was not complicit; that I was not here for the lies; and that I was never entertained. To be fully me is to claim all that I have been, am, and forever will be. Yes, I am an introvert, but that doesn’t mean that I am so shy that I don’t have an opinion on what is going on around me. I haven’t been living in some box or under a rock. I’ve been reading and retweeting. Some things are simply a “like” while others are an endorsement. Being me means that my actions are planned and then executed. I do everything with the intention of doing it well or not at all. There’s never been a gray area for me.

When the election cycle began for a new president of these United States, I watched all parties and their candidates with interest. Whether I knew a little or more about them, I made sure to do my research on the candidates, so that I could make an informed decision on my selection for the next president. Party hasn’t always had much weight for me. I am interested in the person who will be the president for all of us Americans. What I am witnessing now is the actions of a person who has been who he’s always been, which is why I didn’t vote for him.

I’ve never been into popularity contests, so if what I have written here offends you, please feel free to unfollow, unfriend, etc. me. Trust me, like you, I will live another day. I am not writing this to make anyone happy, only to get these words out of my head and into existence. The path that I am walking means that I cannot sit idly by while bullshit is passing for chocolate pudding.

I’m just tired of saying the same things that so many other people are saying: the overt hate that we are witnessing today and the support of it by our country’s leadership is not normal. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. I don’t even know if anyone will read this, or if they will care. But, I cannot sit by and be OK with the normalization of the hate that is now walking around in broad daylight. Yes, racism has always been here, it is in the very fabric of our country’s being. But, it doesn’t have to destroy us. Because we haven’t dealt with it before is why we are dealing with it now. And, we MUST deal with it NOW. Racism has got to go. Hate cannot tear us apart.

So, let it be known that I won’t let it happen on my watch. I won’t stand for hate existing in my presence. I will not stand by and act like it’s OK to have people of any race, gender, height, weight, hair color, nose width, etc. be belittled, assaulted, and/or killed for hate to endure. I won’t do it. I will speak out against it. I will write about it. I will make my voice heard, because it is the right thing to do. The first amendment gives Americans the right to freedom of speech, but if that speech leads to the harm and or deaths of our citizens, then it must be stymied. I hope that my position doesn’t cause anyone I care about pain. It shouldn’t, because like I said, this is my position. If anyone has a problem with it, please seek me out and say so. But, don’t come for me unless I send for you.

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