I know we have all heard enough about this election — but the situation in this country right now dismays me to my core.
As a young Canadian woman on a career path in sales, I was often treated like a piece of meat, and hate to admit that I mostly ignored that when it happened because “it goes with the territory”. But that was back in the 60s and 70s — I thought we in North America had grown past that.
What the headlines are revealing to me now is that the negative qualities of sexism, racism and all kind of phobias are still just below the surface, ready to pop through with a little nudge.
Repealing the 19th Amendment so Trump can win? I know, I know, IT WAS A JOKE. But I, for one, am not laughing. This cuts too deep with me from past life experience.
Michelle Obama said:
“None of us deserve this kind of abuse. . . . this isn’t about politics. It’s about basic human decency. It’s about right and wrong and we simply cannot endure this or expose our children to this any longer. Not for another minute, let alone for four years. Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say ‘enough is enough.’
“. . . I am happy that in a little over a month’s time the election will be over, but I’m also absolutely petrified that this political climate has such racist/sexist/hurtful undertones that the bigot that Trump is could even be elected as a major party representative.
“So my fear now . . . will the damage done in the country, and the rest of the world, still somehow make it okay to think and say hurtful, racist, sexist and derogatory things.?”
Again, sorry, folks. Please know that this is not a political message, it’s a human one — from me, Rev. Marian Hale – a woman who has spent her life trying to find more beauty and truth in others than is currently being shown by an unfortunately large percentage of the population.
I hurt for all of this, for all of us — whatever the outcome, there is a beast that seems to have been awakened recently, and it’s slouching towards our neighborhood . . . .