The current racist and divisive climate in this country is a direct result of the election of Donald Trump.
Since his election, good manners and common decency have been thrown out of the window and replaced with a dismissive and hurtful attitude that let’s us do and say whatever we want. Whenever we want. No matter how unkind. No matter how mean. No matter how unlawful.
Shots are being fired, both literally and figuratively, for the most insane reasons and the outcry seems to be going largely ignored.
It's all over the news, and the trickle down is real.
Just yesterday in my office, a "questionable" conversation was overheard. I caught a little of it, but didn't pay much attention. But a younger woman who reports to me caught more if it and she was concerned. And she was hurt. I felt it was my obligation to see what I could find out, so I approached one of the people who was in the group engaged in the questionable discussion.
It turns out that, while a tad bit inappropriate, the conversation was in no way malicious or meant to hurt or insult. I explained the particulars to my direct report and all ended well. But this just illustrates how today's climate has forced many of us to live somewhat on the edge, as darts are being fired from all over the place. No place feels completely safe from the hatred that's being spewed at almost every minority group.
I’m concerned. Not afraid, but concerned. And, while I do not like to wish my days away, I’m longing for the year 2020 when Trump leaves the White House… if it takes that long.
In the meanwhile, as a grown-up church girl, I feel the need to pray like never before. And when I get up off of my knees, my feet need to get moving toward helping us come up with a solution.
I can write about it, I can talk about it, and I can link arms with groups and organizations that are mobilizing to bring about change.
I can also go out of my way to be a little kinder and gentler, and to show more tolerance than ever before.
If any good is to come out of this season, it will be things like this.