Stand Up, Speak Out

Thursday, August 17, 2017


I've never been one to "stir the pot" so to speak.

I've generally been the type of person to avoid any and all confrontation, because I simply don't enjoy it. I sat through last years political ups and downs and kept to myself. I watched as arguments ensued on social media, people passionately posting their opinions, whether or not it was the "popular" one (was there even a popular opinion in the election? maybe not)

And still I kept to myself. Looking back, I think that it partially had to do with the fact that I wasn't paying close enough attention. Our government was turning into a public spectacle, a joke, and if our own politicians didn't want to take it seriously, than why should I?

I did my part, I voted, and I waited along with everyone else while I held my breath and watched them announce Donald Trump as our new President. And I cried for myself, and for our country, and for the baby that I would be bringing into the world in just a few short months.

It won't be that bad. I told myself over and over again. And yet, I've watched as the problems have continued to escalate and still, for the most part, I've stayed silent.

But I can't stay silent anymore. 

I am in absolute outrage (as I've found myself thinking more than once in the past months) over the last week.

I am horrified and saddened by the recent events in Charlottesville and I am disgraced with the press conference held by Donald Trump this week where he openly supported the actions of the white supremacy groups that injured and caused the deaths of more than one person during the rallies.

I don't want to live in a world where I have to look at my daughter and teach her that hate is wrong, while watching the President of the United States justify hateful actions. 

I have heard over and over this week, "if you ignore it you support it" and I can't ignore it any longer.

I will stand up against the hate in every way that I can because years later when my daughter is in history class learning about this time, I want to be able to look at her and tell her that I was on the side of good. The side that fought against the ugly, and the bad, and the evil. I want to be the type of person now that she can be proud of later.

It doesn't take a grand gesture. It could be as simple as getting your opinion out there in a blog post (which is also incredibly therapeutic). It could be sticking up for someone when you see an injustice occurring, or it could be just disagreeing with someone you're having a conversation with if you think what they're saying is wrong.

If you're not outraged than you're not paying attention.

And if you are, you're doing something right.

Stand up, speak out.

2 comments

  1. I just can't wrap my head around everything that has transpired over the last few days. It's just disgusting and disheartening.

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  2. I love the passion written into this post! I love how you're speaking up for your daughter's sake, and for the sake of the future, no matter how unpopular it may appear to be now.

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