It was never my intention for this newsletter to be so political, but I also never imagined our country would look like this: so angry, so starkly divided, so mired in hate. Yesterday I marched. For the first time in my life I felt as if I didn't have a choice. I realize the privilege that sentence comes with, that my life up until this moment has been so secure that I haven't felt as if my rights were in peril. There is an embarrassment associated with that privilege (and its selfishness) as I think of all the people around the world and across the country who have always lived with this fear, but it is my promise here and now to never again take that feeling I once had for granted. It is my further promise to use my position of privilege — as a white, cis-gender woman — to fight for equality, and rights across the board. Let us keep the momentum and passion we saw yesterday, and let us support one another and fight for one another. We cannot close our eyes and wish our current reality away, and we cannot leave these marches and movements up to other people — if we want change, we must be it.
Of all the deeply troubling things that have happened in the mere two days since Trump became president, I find one of the scariest to be Sean Spicer's first conference as press secretary. He entered his new position and immediately unleashed a full-force rage. He bullied the media, he wrongly accused them of falsely reporting low inauguration numbers, he hit them loudly with lie after lie, or as Kellyanne Conway put it "alternative facts." One New York Times White House corespondent's reaction pretty much sums it up: "Jaw meet floor." Also, if the words "alternative facts" don't chill you to your bones, you're not listening hard enough.
If all that (and more) happened in only two days, who knows what the next two days, two weeks, two years, or even two terms may bring. If you, like me, are feeling afraid, take solace in the fact that you are not alone. America is great — and those are words that I want to continue to believe in.
As many of the signs I saw on the streets yesterday said, Princess Leia inspired no less: "A woman's place is in the Resistance." If fighting for equality lands me a place in the resistance I only hope that I can prove myself worthy of that post.
As the writer Audre Lorde said, "Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now." So let us do it in the now. There is nothing left to wait for.
This was originally in my newsletter, Sunday Reads.