Thank you in advance for reading this, but given the events of the past week, I feel obligated to explain my upcoming hiatus from social media. I’m saddened by the venom, the hatred, and the bigotry I’ve seen posted on my wall. Saddened, and embarrassed. And yes, it comes from both sides. I’ve seen friends and family members vilified because they, like I, are horrified by the upcoming inauguration. This has continued, even though ‘their’ candidate has ‘won’. I’ve always welcome respectful discussion, but I’ve seen so much hate in the past several months. So, I leave you with some final thoughts before my Facebook vacation. In honor of Veteran’s Day, I’m posting a picture of my father, a World War 2 veteran. He saw the kindness in all people. He accepted into his family people of all races and religions. He didn’t care about someone’s sexual orientation. He worked with his hands, and his back, his entire life; he was a champion of the poor, the blue collar worker, those working for minimum wage. He never finished high school, yet was more educated in politics than most of us are. He respected women; always. He didn’t live to see this election, but early on in the primary process, he called Trump a ‘clown’. I miss him; I would love to be able to know what he would say. This is a man who earned my respect. Respect that he earned. I do not respect the President elect, and its should be obvious why I feel that way.
To my students, former and current, and to my children’s friends who may be members of the LGBTQ community; I and many others are with you. Love and kindness will prevail, I’m sure of it, and I charge you, and all my friends and family members to embrace others who are struggling with discrimination based on gender identity, race and religion. It starts with us. We, as a country, are better than this. Let’s not be defined by the lack of moral character, the racism, the misogyny of the person who sits in the White House. He is only one person; we are legion.
So, sayonara, adios, خداحافظ, and goodbye for now. Will be back after my hiatus. Some of you may not, and I think we’re all OK with that. I’m making America great again…starting with my Facebook page.