The anxiety of these times is overwhelming. I say that as a straight, white male of means.
What's lost in the day-to-day bullsh*t of this administration is the quantity of lives lost, ruined, delayed, and inconvenienced due to the policies this administration has put into place. Compounding the problems are the number of white people that feel empowered because of this white supremacist in chief.
Think about it: I have a sh*tty start to the day when my kids refuse to put their shoes on or leave their lunches at home and I need to make multiple trips to school. I have a sh*tty day when our pool's pump is leaking (for the fourth time this summer). I have a sh*tty day when my old bloodhound wakes up in the middle of the night to poop because he's getting older and doesn't have great control of his bowels.
All of my sh*tty days are NOTHING compared to the very real issues of our brothers and sisters of color:
- Not being able to find a job because your name sounds different;
- Having the cops called on you because you're a person of color opening the door to your own store;
- Not being able to go to college because you weren't born in this country and you don't have documentation;
- Not being able to take your sick children to the doctor because you don't have insurance because your job considers you a "freelancer";
- Not being able to have access to public housing because you were arrested because you made a sh*tty decision when you were 18 and you now have a record
We are living in a time in a country when white people in power are not stepping up to their Christian (or any other mainstream religion) responsibilities to ensure that the most vulnerable people among us are taken care of. This is evident in countless policy goals and appointees of the current Tr*mp administration and in state government (I'm looking at you, Texas). White people, it's absolutely critical that we 1) are registered to vote AND YOU VOTE. Not just in presidential elections; 2) that we are aware of the issues affecting our brothers and sisters; and 3) that we support our brothers and sisters in need.
I say all of this with full-knowledge that I am not perfect, but knowing that my goal each day is to be the best dad, husband, friend, neighbor, colleague, and passerby that I can be.
And, finally, if you aren't subscribed to their podcast already I highly, highly recommend listening to the Politically Re-Active podcast episode below (and their whole catalogue of episodes). The two hosts, W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu provide fantastic perspectives on what the signing-away of DACA means for children that were brought to this country. The episode also underlines the importance of not only protecting the "exceptional" immigrants but the importance of protecting all immigrants.
Leave a comment with what you're trying to do to help provide opportunities for those in your community :)