I keep seeing a lot of people saying things like “I’m a Republican, but I’m not racist.” Or “I voted for Trump but I’m not racist, misogynistic, homophobic etc.”
And, honestly, that could be true. I don’t know. I don’t know every single Republican in the world.
I know some Republicans. Quite a few actually. And I honestly couldn’t tell you who all of them voted for. But I do know that some of them are the most wonderful people you’d ever know. So I don’t believe every Republican is racist, homophobic, sexist, etc. And I don’t think I would say necessarily that every single person who voted for Trump is racist. Or sexist. Or homophobic. Or a terrible human being.
However, you have to understand that if you voted for Trump, you also voted for all of his ideas and morals and what have you. You voted to put all of that into office. You voted for that to govern our country.
Whether you couldn’t bring yourself to vote for Clinton for whatever reason or if you are conservative and just can’t vote non conservative or if you wanted Republicans to take back the White House. Whatever your reasoning, you chose to look over Trump’s ways and click (or fill in) that little box next to his name on election day. You chose to dismiss all of the things he’s said, all of the ways he’s acted, all of the policies he’d implement, and voted him in anyway. And now that’s given those ideas power in our society.
And this is a problem. A very, very, very BIG problem.
I'm not trying to place the blame all on you. I don't know who is to blame really. I think a lot of us are to some extent. I know that I, for one, did not take this as seriously as I should have.
But regardless, voting for him put him in office. And continuing to say “I voted for Trump and I’m not a racist” doesn’t really help what's happening. All it does is ignore the bigger issues. And, well, obviously that’s how we got here in the first place.
We all have to accept responsibility for the choices we make in life. Even if you feel that a decision is the best one for you, sometimes there are still consequences. And you did choose to vote for Trump. You chose to put him and all of his hate in office. So accept that.
What we need to do now is figure out how we move forward. All of us. Together. How do we stop the hate? How do we stop the divide? And if you really and truly don’t feel those values that Trump so obviously does, reject them and be part of the solution.
And I’ll be honest, I’m not quite sure what that solution looks like yet. But I do know that we need to be allies in the fight. Help spread love. Help keep the hate out. Help the fear. Help make sure that human rights aren’t taken away. Help make sure that the American people aren’t torn apart by all of this.
I know we have a long road ahead of us.
So please stop ignoring and pretending that this isn’t happening or that these things don’t exist in our world. Stop pretending you aren't part of the problem.