TO MY FELLOW WHITE LIBERALS

  1. First of all: Hi, it's been a really shitty couple of months, am I right?
    Just. Awful.
  2. Maybe you feel like I do. On November 9th I woke up realizing I live in a completely different country than I thought I did.
  3. I did not think Trump could win.
    I had more faith in white people.
  4. Apparently too much faith in white people.
  5. White women sold us out.
    53% voted for a man who bragged about sexual assault.
  6. That's hard to accept.
    It's painful. Gut wrenching for me.
  7. But I have accepted it and I have taken responsibility for my part in it.
  8. Yes my part. I am responsible for Trump too.
  9. I don't think that admitting that I'm part of the problem is a bad thing or that it's saying I'm a bad person.
  10. I also don't think black people, immigrants and other marginalized groups think I'm a bad person either.
  11. I think they want allies. They need allies.
    But they need allies who are honest with themselves and others.
  12. Did I vote for Trump?
    Hell no!
  13. Did I do everything I could to get Hillary elected.
    No I did not. And that is something I will have to live with for the rest of my life. It hurts. It just does. But it's what is true.
  14. Did I stand with marginalized groups?
    I thought I did. I stood with them in theory.
  15. But was I on the front line with them? Did I ever make a call to a politician? Or write a letter? Or join a group to fight for better legislation?
    Nope, not once.
  16. Maybe you did. I know there are people who did. But not enough of them. Not nearly enough.
    I wasn't one of them. I was an ally but only when it was convenient. Only in theory.
  17. So I think when marginalized groups express anger, exasperation, and disappointment with us, their white allies, we should listen.
    Let's own our part in it. We didn't do enough. We didn't listen. We didn't fight hard enough. And this is what happened. It is what it is.
  18. When you know better, you do better. -Maya Angelou
  19. I know better now.
    Who's with me? 💙