For my Trump supporting friends and family, acquaintances, and internet compatriots:
Do you wring your hands and worry as I do about gun violence? Do you think twice before you head into a crowded venue or event? Do you even consider that our lives as Americans are threatened by white supremacy and domestic terrorism everywhere we go?
I went to high school with a victim of the Gilroy shooting. My friend’s nephew was killed at Sandy Hook. I have family in Dayton that I laid awake worrying about all night once I heard the news.
This is on my doorstep and it’s on yours, too.
I hear your vacant whispers of thoughts and prayers. I feel your dissonance towards the rest of us who won’t tolerate Trump’s divisive and problematic, racist rhetoric. I see you turning your cheek and shrugging your shoulders because it’s “not a gun issue”. I can’t imagine today will be the day you decide to engage with me about this.
I’m not going to pretend to think any of you will even consider investing yourself into this emotional labor, but I want you to know that your silence and complacency is louder than your stagnant voices. It is absolutely deafening.
This is a gun issue. We need policy change now. For my kids and your kids and the brown kids and the gay kids, the poor kids and the rich kids.
These things aren’t supposed to be partisan, you see.
Without our safety, we have nothing. 📷 @theadventuresofjennie