If Not You, Then Who?

The election is over.  Whether you voted for him or not, whether you like it or not, Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States.  So let’s put campaign rhetoric aside here.

Over the past 48 hours, there have been numerous reports of bigotry and hate crimes.  Racist graffiti in schools that include “whites only” on bathroom doors, chants of “build the wall” to Mexican students, defacement of Muslim prayer spaces, not to mention physical attacks.  I have seen firsthand in my students and in friends of my daughter the suffering and fear these actions create.  (We had a rally and march on our campus today in response to racist graffiti outside one of our dorms the other night.)

This kind of behavior MUST be condemned by all of us – Democrat and Republican, men and women, whites and people of color, Christians and Muslims and Jews.  And those of us who are privileged – who are not the targets of these attacks – MUST be vocal in our opposition and generous in our support.  We must stand up for those being targeted, whoever is the source.

I want to underscore whoever is the source.  I have seen people on Facebook the past two days suggesting maybe the graffiti is being created by Clinton supporters to make it look like it is Trump supporters.  Whether you find that fanciful or plausible, I don’t care.  The harm that is created has nothing to do with that.

If you see hatred, speak up.  Let those who are the objects of hateful attacks know you stand with them.

If not you, then who?

If not you, then who?


One thought on “If Not You, Then Who?

  1. Of the one who tries to divide you, may you make of him a contemplative space within which your love for all that is right for all people always and without exclusion or exception can grow, so you can find common cause with that love and with others as a foundation for all.

    May you know the one who divides you only in this way – as your invitation to love bigger and more inclusively and unconditionally, always. And may you thank him finally for being the one who actualises you in giving you the chance and the energy and the motivation to exhibit that love in and to and for the world in ways that you have as yet not imagined within yourself, but that thanks to him you will.

    May God unite you all in all the creative ways he always does as the One who wastes nothing, the One who knows how to take a negative thing and make it positive in you, for Him in the world.

    May you all feel loved and safe and secure. And, no matter what, may peace be with you all your days as God holds you in the palm of his hand, knowing you are not alone.

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