I’m starting to rethink the approach that we’re using to respond to Trump’s “make america great again.”
No, America isn’t already great.
Some things need to change; some things need to improve. We aren’t accomplishing anything pretending that everything is just fine.
Every single month, trans people are murdered because they are trans. Because we buy into the stupid bullshit that says hate crimes don’t exist (except in cases where we’re begrudgingly forced to, in cases where racial bias is absolutely undeniable), it will come as a galloping shock to precisely no trans people that none of these crimes are prosecuted as hate crimes.
LGBT people overall are more likely – than any other typically targeted group – to be the victims of violence. This was true even before the shooting in Orlando, and it’s been true for close to a decade, at this point. At this point, we’re far more likely the groups folks most typically think of as the usual targets of hate crimes – Jewish people, or people of color.
We incarcerate more of our population, per capita, than any other country in the world. The clear majority of those are for non-violent drug offenses, and the disproportionate majority of those incarcerated are black. Imagine if we treated more socially acceptable addictions – like prescription drugs, or alcohol – like we do street drugs. If white stockbrokers with a coke problem were landing in prison at the rates we jail black people, racist drug laws would change overnight.
We’ve proven we’re every bit a susceptible to racist and xenophobic fact-free campaigns against “immigrants” – mounted by both Republicans and Democrats – as the racist foaming at the mouth that fueled the Brexit vote. If you think it can’t happen here, you are not paying attention.
We have an entire culture that glorifies guns because we’re idolatrously religious about a constitution that was designed – by its very nature – not to be taken as holy writ.
We have an entire culture that glorifies rape – so long as it’s committed by a well-off white kid, and not a black kid.
Stop telling me the country is already great. It may be great for you, but that’s a luxury not all of us are afforded.
If you really want to counter Trump, MAKE the country great – for everyone. But that isn’t something you can compress into a pithy campaign slogan.