I’m in the first picture on the left with my best friend. We went to the Trump Rally protest in Eugene. I met some cool people and the protest was like one big block party. We were peaceful overall and there was live music from a mariachi band. The Trump supporters kept telling us to go fuck ourselves, get a job, and many more things. Here are some of my favorites from the protest.
They cut out most of what I said which was, “compared to Bernie Sanders 30 year tenure in congress, Trump is like a college student trying to get a job out of college, no experience. He’s racist, sexist, he made fun of a disabled reporter, and he’s made islamaphobic remarks. Bernie Sanders has been consistent throughout the years from the civil rights movement to gay rights to healthcare reform. He started as a mayor in Vermont, worked his way up to house of reps, and is now the senator of Vermont. Compared to the other candidates I believe Sanders is most qualified.” Everything about Bernie Sanders was cut out and only a sentence was put in.
This is proof that the media wants Sanders to fall and proof that they wanna sensationalize Trump. News outlets were calling us an angry mob. We’re just fed up with everything. We’re fed up with this shit country and were fed up with Trumps bullshit.
On a side note, the topics that came up during the protest were sexism, racism, empowerment, immigration, black lives matter, love, and chanting.
TL;dr: I protested Trump and I was interviewed by the AP. The protest was peaceful despite media calling us angry and the AP skewed my interview and cut everything I said about Bernie Sanders out.
We’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way...but hey, marginalized people? You need to ask nicely to be treated as humans.
Some of my Facebook friends were quoting that Toby Keith song the other day, likely because he was performing at the inauguration concert.
The very next day, those same friends were pissed at the rioters and violence in DC, but also at the massive backlash against Trump and the abysmal state of our government. The marches, the memes, the anger. “You can protest,” they said, “but do it peacefully and politely! Why all the hatred???”
You know what? Fuck you.
I’ll start off by saying that I’m not encouraging or condoning violence, whether against people or property. Because God knows someone’s going to read this and try to interpret it as me giving a thumbs-up to rioters who are destroying shit and hurting people. So let the record show: I’m not.
That being said.
Putting a boot in the ass of those who wronged us? Yeah, it kinda is the American way. And we’re proud of it. We are a nation of people who will not quietly allow our freedom or our democracy to be jeopardized.
But when it’s somebody else’s freedom… specifically, somebody else who is an American but doesn’t look/talk/believe/move/live like us… well, those people need to be polite. I mean, you’re not going to change any minds by taking to the streets and shouting or waving signs. You catch more flies with honey, after all, so you need to use love and calm means to get what you want. People will just ignore you if you raise your voice. No name-calling! Just because you don’t like him doesn’t mean he’s a fascist!
You know what? Fuck you.
The time for politeness has passed. It passed a long time ago, but it became ancient history in November. A lot of people have been fighting hard for years just to have equal rights, and now we’re faced with losing the rights we do have.
Think about that for a second. How calm and polite will you be if your rights start being systematically removed? When your religion, race, economic class, disability or medical condition, gender, or sexuality become liabilities? When you can lose your job, your home, your place in the community, your ability to vote, your children, your mobility, your life?
Those were already realities for many Americans. Now with our new fascist POTUS, Congress being run by the GOP, and a SCOTUS vacancy, it’s only going to get worse if we sit back and take it. Our country is being run by people who do not care about us unless we are white able-bodied heterosexual Christian upper-middle-class-or-better men.
Those of us who don’t fit that mold are scared. We’re angry. And we’re not going to quietly raise our hands, speak gently when finally called upon, and politely ask if maybe we and our rights could matter to those who have the power to deny them. Because hey, we’re Americans too. We will march until you can’t avoid us. We will shout until you can’t ignore us. And if putting a boot in your ass really is the American way, then that’s what we’ll do. If that boot happens to be connecting with your ass, then you’re not a victim - you’re part of the problem.
And if you’re shaking your head, scowling, clicking your tongue because you’re still convinced that the marginalized should be quiet and polite instead of causing trouble?