I was just thinking today, that I need a way to show that I am an ally. And then, poof, these things started showing up in my facebook feed! Damn, is that like mental telepathy?
I am one of the millions of Americans horrified by the election of Donald Trump. I’m a white educated woman who knows just how ugly it’s going to get. I grieve for the disrespect shown to women, and I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around all that racism. Don’t pretend it’s not there, IT’S EVERYWHERE!
I first learned about being an ally when I worked at Arcadia. There were students on campus that were part of the LGBTQ crowd, and they wanted to know who the safe people on campus were. I was thrilled at the prospect of being someone’s safe haven.
That idea came back to me today as I talked with a black friend. I might be a preppy white girl from the burbs, but I’m no slacker in the diversity department. I know it’s not always easy, but we need to figure out how to celebrate our unique qualities, not push all “the others” away. Because at the end of the day, we share humanity, and it’s not your place to judge others out of fear.
What little power I have, I will share with you. I’m a safe haven for all those just trying to live their lives in peace. I’m going to start wearing safety pins and keeping my eyes open. I have this funny feeling it’s a fashion trend that will catch on. What a powerful feeling it will be to see others walking down the street, riding the bus, or chatting at the coffee shop while wearing their safety pins.
Yep, I’m on the team! Won’t you join me?