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I'm not surprised, per se, but I am terrified and horrified. This feels like 9/11 + the day when my mother was diagnosed with the cancer that killed her put together. I can't decide whether it's worse that Hillary won the popular vote or that the election was clearly turned by the evisceration of the Voting Rights Act. Either way, I have never felt more ashamed to be a white American. I study fascism; I don't need to live through it.

Two weeks ago I stood in the Jewish Museum in Berlin and wondered again how anyone could have stayed after 1933, despite the fact that I know why people did, and the fact that half of German Jews had in fact fled by 1939. I don't blame anyone for leaving, but I know that as a white woman I will be protected for a while (they won't repeal the 19th Amendment because they can't and because they emphatically need white women, so that's something), and I am determined to fight, though I'd be lying if I said I had any real idea how to do that at this point. Even in the best-case scenario at this point (to the extent that any scenario can be gamed out, which is minimal) we'll spend the rest of my life digging out from the hole we've just dug, with the waters literally rising all around.

I went into campus and talked with a carefully edited list of people who made me feel, if not better, at least less alone; gave and received hugs. I even ate food, after more than 18 hours of feeling too nauseous to do so. Please take care of yourselves; we're going to need all our strength.

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Date: 2016-11-10 01:18 (UTC)
recessional: a small blue-paisley teapot with a blue mug (Default)
From: [personal profile] recessional
Experience suggests that starting to work towards the mid-terms NOW is the next step.

I was thinking that the last time I felt like this was 9/11.

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Date: 2016-11-10 01:33 (UTC)
glass_icarus: (birdcloud)
From: [personal profile] glass_icarus
9/11 is exactly what this feels like to me, too.

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Date: 2016-11-10 02:02 (UTC)
krait: a sea snake (krait) swimming (Default)
From: [personal profile] krait
Either way, I have never felt more ashamed to be a white American.

I am feeling much the same. I'm glad that you had your "shortlist" of people to assist!


they emphatically need white women

I fear have less faith than you do, after finding out just how many white women voted for Trump.

It's not as though he hid his opinion of us; white women chose to hand over their health care, equal pay, and bodily autonomy to someone who had explained on national television that he believed our possessing those things was a mistake. Trump has never given the least indication that he needs us, nor that he would lift a finger to earn our votes... and apparently 53% of us felt that was acceptable.

You can't repeal the 19th Amendment directly, but this election has already shown us that there are other ways to prevent 'undesirables' from voting; the undermining of the VRA has already begun.

we'll spend the rest of my life digging out from the hole we've just dug, with the waters literally rising all around

What a great (anad terrible) phrasing! That's precisely how I feel - as though everything in sight is mud and contaminated water, and I can't see where to begin, much less any end in sight. We wanted to spend our energy in rising; instead we'll pour ourselves into an effort to get back to where we started.

Please take care of yourselves; we're going to need all our strength.

Agreed! Strength will be the thing most needed. (And holding hands is even more important when the ground is uncertain.)
Edited Date: 2016-11-10 02:03 (UTC)

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Date: 2016-11-10 02:58 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yatima
This feels like 9/11 + the day when my mother was diagnosed with the cancer that killed her put together.

I feel exactly, exactly the same. Please take care of yourself and stay safe.

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Date: 2016-11-10 09:41 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oyceter
It feels like 9/11 but worse because I'm older now and know more about the stakes.

<3

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Date: 2016-11-10 14:00 (UTC)
darthneko: pink bunny with heart ([hugs])
From: [personal profile] darthneko
Take care, stay safe. *hugs*

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Date: 2016-11-10 17:55 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lotesse
It reminded me of the day of the "shock and awe" bombings in Baghdad in 2003 - the same horror at what my country was doing, the same sense of powerlessness. But I'm older now, and better educated, than I was then, and I'm determined to put my shoulder to the wheel. It would have been so nice not to have had to - but we know how to do this, and we can.

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