Make America Hate Again

I’m worried.

But not primarily for myself.

Yes, I’m Jewish. Yes, there’s been a lot of antisemitic rhetoric lately.

And yes, I worry about synagogues, Jewish community centers, and other institutions becoming targets for vandalism and other crimes.

But as for me, I believe I’ll be OK.

My presentation is White male, and I don’t have a “Jewish-sounding” last name, so honestly I don’t think there’s much for me to be worried about personally.

I worry for almost everyone else though.

I worry for women, I worry for communities of color. I worry for the LGBT community. I worry for immigrants and I worry for refugees.

So what can we do?

First, I think it’s important for those of us who oppose bigotry, racism, and xenophobia to speak up. In one version of a famous quote sometimes attributed to Edmund Burke, “For bad men to accomplish their purposes it is only necessary that good men do nothing.”

Second, I’d like to echo all the inspiring “Safe Place” posts I have seen in the past two weeks. If you’re a member of a group that has been targeted by Trump and the alt-right, please know that you are not alone and that we are here for you and support you.

Third, please participate in our system in whatever ways you are able. Sign a petition. Attend a peaceful protest. Write to your member of Congress. Volunteer. Donate money to charity or other causes if you can. And in two years, when we have our next mid-term elections, make sure you turn out to vote.

I’d like to close by saying that I still believe that we are all in this together and we will get through this together. As Americans and as members of the civilized world, we are stronger than the forces of hate and intolerance and we will prevail.

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