Week In Review
I'm sorry things have been more quiet than usual around here. I'm a firm believer in not just speaking for the sake of it, and frankly, I haven't quite known what to say post-election. As I process the outcome, and as I delve into the implications of a Trump presidency, it strikes me I am far more disturbed by the human dimension of all of this than the political one (although the political realities are scary, too- I'm particularly concerned about the environmental ones). The hatred, division, us versus them mentality, and the unapologetic disparaging of certain ethnic, religious and gender groups seems to me not only less than Presidential, but less than human. That's what I'm struggling with the most. For now, I don't have much of a game plan. I'm just feeling my feelings and working through this, although I so admire people who are pulling together and finding ways for their voices to still be heard despite the outcome. I'd love to hear how you are doing. And if you support Trump or see this all differently, please do share with us what about him inspires you to believe the world will be a brighter place with him in power. Here's your week in review, a day late.
An American Tragedy | David Remnick, The New Yorker
"The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American President—a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit—and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety."
The Democrats Screwed Up | Frank Bruni, The New York Times
"In thrall to the Clintons, Democrats ignored the copious, glaring signs of an electorate hankering for something new and different and instead took a next-in-line approach that stopped working awhile back. Just ask Mitt Romney and John McCain and John Kerry and Al Gore and Bob Dole. They’re the five major-party nominees before her who lost, and each was someone who, like her, was more due than dazzling."
Where the Democrats Go From Here | Bernie Sanders Op-Ed, The New York Times
"President-elect Trump is right: The American people want change. But what kind of change will he be offering them? Will he have the courage to stand up to the most powerful people in this country who are responsible for the economic pain that so many working families feel, or will he turn the anger of the majority against minorities, immigrants, the poor and the helpless?"
Aftermath: Sixteen Writers on Trump's America | The New Yorker
"But all the fighting in the world will not help us if we do not also hope. What I’m trying to cultivate is not blind optimism but what the philosopher Jonathan Lear calls radical hope. 'What makes this hope radical,' Lear writes, 'is that it is directed toward a future goodness that transcends the current ability to understand what it is.' Radical hope is not so much something you have but something you practice; it demands flexibility, openness, and what Lear describes as 'imaginative excellence.' Radical hope is our best weapon against despair, even when despair seems justifiable; it makes the survival of the end of your world possible. Only radical hope could have imagined people like us into existence. And I believe that it will help us create a better, more loving future."
- Junot Díaz
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | BBC Newsnight
"I am sorry, but if you are a white man you don’t get to define what racism is."
Post-Election To-Do List: How to Take Action, Donate and Help | Leslie Price, Man Repeller
"But as women, we can not afford to 'take a day off.' We have to show up every single day, because we’re breadwinners and caretakers and we have elderly parents and children and pets and bosses. We can not afford to give up. And for those who joke about moving to Canada, well, the joke rings hollow, doesn’t it? It is not reality."
Michael Moore | Post- Election To Do Lists via Facebook