Trump in Iowa on Dec. 5, 2015 (Source: Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press)
All right here it goes. I have been waiting until now to really get into the election here. I do have a lot to say but I am going to start here.
I was wrong
I thought Trump had no chance. I had calmed friends and even wrote a lighthearted piece after Trump won the Republican Nomination on why we should embrace him as a candidate. I concluded with he can’t win. Many people were wrong on this but we should all take a moment and admit it. That brings me to my next point.
Trump will be our next President
There are those who say he didn’t win because electoral college. It’s the system we got and it was put there for very good reasons. Also if you are one of the people saying “He’s not MY President.” He is. If you live in the USA he is the President of it. I remember people saying that after Obama won (Some are still saying it.) and when Bush won.
It does nobody any good to delegitimize the person in a position you want someone with your beliefs to hold. Unless you want there to be no President don’t taint the position.
No voter supports or even knows every position of a candidate they voted for
Did you know that Hillary wanted animal breeders and zoos to be required to have disaster plans for the protection of animals in their care? I didn’t until a minute ago and look for an obscure position to write here. If you know me you know I am not a fan of Hillary or Trump. I was hoping Hillary one between the two.
Labeling all supports of X as Y is wrong, bigoted, hateful, and dangerous. Let me just list a few and I’m sure one of them will be hurtful to you while another will be something that you had thought. I am doing this as an example because it is so important to understand this.
All supporters of Gay marriage are gay
All supporters of creationism are idiots
All supporters of Black Lives Matter are criminals
All supporters of legalizing weed are drug addicts
All supporters of abortion rights are going to hell
All followers of Christianity are hypocrites
All followers of Judaism are rich
All followers of Mohamed are terrorists
All followers of Atheism have no morals
All supporters of Trump are Racists
All supporters of Hillary hate America
All supporters of Nickelback are tone-def
You do not fit into those boxes and they do not define who you are. You are complex and have tremendous life experiences that make you who you are… and so does everyone else. Please do not box others. It just allows others to put you in a box. We must accept that there are those out there who are not tone-def and still like Nickelback.
We must still call out stupid, hateful, untrue, bigoted, and hurtful statements and actions. I still will. But one thing I have learned over the years is this.
Calling someone a racists does nothing to change the fact that they are racists
Calling someone tone-def because they like Nickelback will not stop them from liking it. This is true for anything. Calling someone an idiot has made no one smarter. In fact it can make people dumber or to play more Nickelback. Telling a girl that girls are bad at math may influence them not to study or like math because they were told they would be bad at it.
So what do we do? For me the answer is simple one but very hard to do.
Do not call them a racists, tell them that action is racists.
A couple of male friends I was with were a bit inebriated. One called to order food and after handing the phone off to the other said louder than he new “Hey, she sounds hot.” and the repeated “Ask her if she’s on Tinder!” over and over again.
After the phone call I confronted my friend telling him that was harassment. He argued that it wasn’t and I tried to explain that she was just doing her job and doesn’t deserve to have to fend off unwanted advances to earn a living. We didn’t convince each other and eventually moved on.
You may not agree with me that it was harassment and that a bit of the point. How does a harasser know that they are harassing unless you attempt to explain what action that they themselves took was harassment. I’m saddened to say that racism will not just die out. at some point, if the goal is to end racism we will have to convince some racist that racism is wrong.
I am afraid that this may get the biggest reaction in this whole article but to cure a Nickelbacker you are going to have to make them listen to Metallica.