I always book a window seat. The views are amazing. However the last time I flew to Ireland a cloud cover obscured my view of what folks are calling the fly-over states. An interesting analogy for what’s unfolding in our nation.
It’s tempting not to look too closely at the political landscape. Yes. Stories of the latest horrors stream through my FaceBook feed along with headlines from the several news sources I follow. But it’s easy to watch from a safe distance. To fly above the clouds. It’s an option. An option for me because I’m white. This is the nature of white privilege. My family will not be incarcerated or deported. Being straight, well educated, and financially secure are additional dynamics that keep me from feeling the fear and pain that so many are experiencing.
But the fascist agenda is clear. It’s not just about our Hispanic, Muslim, and LGBTQ sisters and brothers. It’s about women. It’s about intellectuals. It’s about Mother Earth. It’s about the water we drink and the air we breathe. It’s about all of us.
Flying above the clouds is just not an option.
Judith – firstname.lastname@example.org