I’m telling myself to write more, especially after I made this website to platform it. And, right now, I am shaking with rage at the idea of anyone believing that DACA Dreamers are not worth defending and protecting. So, as I sit here looking out at all the snow covering the tree outside our living room window in attempt to calm myself down, I'm taking a moment to just think. Today, I reminisce on this day and where I was on Inauguration Day, 2017.
Nine years ago, I remember watching President Obama swear into office, and I remember how my dad let me stay home from school to witness the momentous occasion and the inspirational history that it created. I am still so thankful for that. By the time 2017 rolled around, I remember telling myself to not even bother watching this president’s inauguration out of pure spite of the situation. After some thought, I decided last minute that it was important for me to witness history of a different kind. This time last year, I laid on my couch with my roommate, and we cried there together. We were afraid. Not just for ourselves, but for all of the communities that felt the fear deeper than either of us could truly understand.
Unfortunately, our administration has pretty much confirmed all of these fears and continue to validate my pure anger. However, this event has also proven to me that we all have a voice and that we absolutely 100% MUST USE IT. It’s been so important and beautiful to watch the powerful individuals marching in protest on the issues they feel most passionate about. I have learned that disassociation and silence is complicit, and being loud about dangerous politics is absolutely necessary.
Today, right now, I choose to instead reminisce on The Women’s March of 2017 and throw my heart out to all of those participating in the rallies happening today. If you were out there marching, do not forget about the intersectional and marginalized voices that must be heard not only on this day, but every day. Thank you for speaking up, for demanding change, and more than anything -- thank you for listening to and learning from the voices around you.
A still-relevant-post I posted on Facebook the day after election day:
"I think it's important to let people express their feelings in the ways they feel appropriate. Some of us are genuinely scared, angry, sad, happy, or indifferent... but we have all the right to feel those ways if we do. Personally, I am afraid of the ways in which the implicit (and/or explicit) examples set by people in power can create dangerous and violent cultures within our society. Because of this, I reiterate my previous post: I continue to stand with all LGBTQ+ individuals, with women, immigrants, victims & survivors of sexual assault, people of color, and religious minorities. I will use all that my privileges allow to be with you all who feel afraid, angry, or vulnerable. Please know you are valued, and I AM WITH YOU. Lead the way. Thank you to those that understand, support, or empathize with the voiced concerns, and to those who don't: please take the time to listen to your peers and understand their stories, backgrounds, and any other reasons why they feel the way they do. Do not silence or undermine their perspectives, as they are just as important as yours. Along that note, PLEASE take care of yourselves, my friends. Take a night or two to snuggle under some blankets with the people closest to you and watch the Lizzie McGuire movie or the Hannah Montana movie, (HELLO? THEY'RE BOTH ON NETFLIX) or do whatever else you need to do to take some time for YOU.”
I can’t be sure if the Lizzie McGuire or Hannah Montana movies are still on Netflix… Regardless, I wholeheartedly stand by this statement to this day.