The Idaho Statesman published an article today describing just how ‘scared and ‘hopeless’ Treasure Valley Latinos feel since the election.
Ivan Carrillo, who works at a local immigration law firm, told the Statesman, “I went to social media, and I’m seeing people who I thought were my friends that are saying racist things and just overly happy for Trump’s win,” said Carrillo…”He’s made it acceptable to be racist. And they have learned it’s acceptable to say those things. So I think there is a movement to be against any other race that is not white.”
This is happening all over America right now and it is deeply saddening and utterly frightening.
In our new Vice President-Elect Pence, we have perhaps the most openly anti-LGBTQ elected official in the country. Pence’s ideology all but promises to turn back the clock on all the hard fought progress we have made in the last sixty years, from Stonewall to Marriage Equality, and everything in between.
Our new VP believes in reparative therapy, an anti-LGBTQ ‘politically correct’ term for conversion therapy, a dangerous and abusive practice of that has been proven ineffective.
Michelangelo Signorile’s piece in the Huffington Post yesterday lays out a grim look at the assault on LGBTQ equality already underway.
Signorile tells readers, “I’m not going to sugarcoat this at all. We are in for a full-blown assault on LGBTQ rights the likes of which many, particularly younger LGBTQ people, have not seen. Progress will most certainly be halted completely, likely rolled back. And it’s already underway.”
“Mike Pence is perhaps one of the most anti-LGBTQ evangelical Christian political crusaders to serve in Congress and as governor of a state,” says Signorile. “Long before he signed the draconian anti-LGBTQ “religious liberty” law in Indiana last year, he supported “conversion therapy” as a member of Congress, and later, as a columnist and radio host, he gave a speech in which he said that marriage equality would lead to “societal collapse,” and called homosexuality “a choice.” Stopping gays from marrying wasn’t biased, he said, but was rather about compelling “God’s idea.”
So I say to you,
my Latino brothers and sisters, we are with you.
We are with you,
my Muslim brothers and sisters,
my African American brothers and sisters,
my Disabled brothers and sisters,
my Immigrant Brothers and sisters,
my sisters and brothers who are survivors of Sexual Assault.
We are with you!
We are ALL in danger of having our lives and families torn apart. We will have to endure openly entitled white nationalist factions of the Trump electorate who are now emboldened to freely engage in hate speech and violence against all our communities. All because we now have a new President, leader of the free world, whose words and deeds have told them it is perfectly acceptable to openly hate those who are not white men like him.
I leave you with this famous poem from Pastor Martin Niemöller that hangs on the wall of my office:
First they came for the communists,
and I did not speak out because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
Hold on, we are in for a very bumpy ride.
If you feel as depressed and discouraged, as I have felt in these last few days, here is some inspiration from a popular 2020 presidential hopeful, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on The Rachel Maddow Show (Friday Nov. 11) in her first public interview since the election.