The Women's March Chicago: Why I'm in

The Women's March Chicago: Why I'm in

The Women’s March in Chicago. I’m in.

It was kind of a last minute decision. I’m not much of one for political commentary or activism, especially compared to others on social media. I generally tend to remain silent on the subject. Stay out of the fray. (It’s no secret a large part of why I’m active on social media at all is to sell books – why would I want to alienate any potential readers by espousing a contrary political view? )

There’s danger in that line of thinking. Silence is the danger.

Silence in the face of evil is evil itself: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.  – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I’ve been silent on the subject of politics for most of my social media life. Silent with co-workers, silent at parties. I didn’t campaign for Hillary. I didn’t even donate money. Perhaps I now have the president I deserve.

I’m not even that liberal anymore, not like back in the day. In fact, in the November election I voted for a lot of Republicans. I know!

But I could not vote for Donald Trump.

Writers more eloquent than I have already expressed the myriad reasons why .

To remain silent means being complicit with everything this man stands for, his character and his actions. The Women’s March, to my understanding, is not necessarily anti-Trump. It’s anti-Silence.

And so I will no longer be silent on the subject of Donald Trump the 45th President. I will speak. I will act. I will stand with others to hold him accountable. Because to not do so would mean I was as complicit with his misogynistic, racist views and lies as someone who did vote for him.

And I do not want to be considered guilty of that.

 

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