Dear GOP, It’s Over

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Before the 1.6.21 Attack

When it became clear that Trump was contesting votes in areas that were heavily populated by people of color, and that the Republicans were enabling him, I thought, When this is over, we’re going to need to have a serious conversation about how the GOP blithely sanctioned Trump’s attempts to suppress these legally cast and counted votes. Yeah, we’re going to have that conversation now.

I have been so disgusted by the GOP’s abusive spouse rhetoric after Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol by violent insurrectionists — nay, domestic terrorists. Come on, baby, don’t press charges, he won’t do it again, he just gets mad sometimes. As we all know, in order for a wound to heal properly, it needs to be cleaned out, and I mean all you seditious shits that enabled him too.

Back to the subject. Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona — all delivered to Biden by people of color. Georgia also handed Democrats Senate control (thank you, Georgia!).

So, GOP, you’re cool with the part of the ballot that gave you your seat but not the part of that same ballot that gave Biden his? To me the answer was stated so simply Wednesday by a GOP congressmember named Glenn Grothman, who defended Wednesday’s insurrectionists saying they are scared of a world without Trump: “They are scared to death that the majority party got here by teaming up with Black Lives Matter, a bunch founded by Marxists and the dislike of family.” 

What in the fresh hell does that even mean? Teamed up? Does he think there were secret meetings where the Democrats and Black Lives Matter cooked up plans to do things like push back against voter suppression and make voting during a pandemic safer? Boy, do we need to have a separate conversation about why the GOP is so offended by an organization whose demands are that their lives matter as much as white lives!

Anyway, this man made me so hopping mad that I, a white woman, wrote through brunch and scrapped her weekly trip to the farmers market. Screw asking for the manager, I want corporate’s number. 

My fellow white people, this blatant attempt to preserve white supremacy at all costs, including overthrowing democracy, should be a wake-up call to all of us. We should be yowling at the top of our lungs against anyone trying to silence the voices of our brothers and sisters of color in this or any situation. We always should have been, but now more than ever.

It’s time — long past time — to stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters of color and say hell no. Say that their lives and their voices are just as important as ours. Not just pay lip service to it with a sign or a check, but live it. It’s time to use the white privilege that we have been undeservedly afforded by society for good. White women, privilege is not just for crying your way out of parking tickets. White men, privilege is not just for elevating yourself in business and politics. It can (and should) actually be used to help and elevate others, folks. 

If we are ever going to stand a chance of creating an America that works for everyone, to truly be the land of the free and the home of the brave (hint, hint), it’s time to show some moral courage, to admit that America was never that great but she could be if we used our privilege to elevate others — and only to elevate others — and at all other times, put the privilege down. It’s time to quash the now open white supremacy of the GOP and the fascism and Christian extremism that has replaced conservatism.

Now get with the program, or I will call the manager on you too.

Photo from Elvert Barnes from Silver Spring MD, USA – Before.SenatePark.WDC.6January2021. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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Jenny co-hosts the podcast Backward in High Heels with the fantastic L. Renee Chubb. She inherited her father’s passion for film, television, and theatre, and his need to help people however he can, whenever he can. Jenny believe content creators have a unique opportunity to bring new and different perspectives to people, and when democracy is threatened, dissent becomes patriotic,. Raised in Kansas, Jenny has lived in New York and California, and still believes we can come together and get through this in one piece. She is a member of Women in Film, has participated in Sundance’s Female Filmmaker’s Initiative, and wrote for a web series - Southern Dish - which did quite well on YouTube and Funny or Die.

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