Speechless.

Listen. America was given a referendum on basic human decency. And failed.

The world should have awoken yesterday to see a 99% turnout of eligible adults against Donald Trump. Joe Biden has plenty of merits, he has his accompanying flaws as any candidate does. Certainly, he deserves all the votes he received, having dedicated his entire life to political service. But this was not a partisan election; it was a decision regarding compassion, and the fundamental ideal of democracy.

The issues in the balance – the lives lost to COVID-19, female bodily autonomy, LGBTQ+ rights, rights for people of colour, caged children stripped from their families on the border, growing poverty with no indication of economic relief – they are not political. It is not a political question.

This was a question on whether people would respect each other, and, unfortunately, they did not. Worse, the election was and is unbelievably close. Trump, repeatedly claiming any vote against him is fraudulent, and appointing himself the victor in the dead of night, is merely a symptom of a wider problem. I sympathise with those who voted correctly, and am perfectly aware this problem is not endemic to America. I would be scared to similarly put a magnifying glass to the attitudes of my country, which would undoubtably also demonstrate widespread racism.

But let’s stop legitimising this pattern as ‘Trumpism’ and call it out accurately. It is racism and bigotry.

This entire event has demonstrated how much further we, as a society, have to go.


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    1. Thanks! It’s a sentiment I feel has been echoed a lot, particularly given Trump’s initially success on the first night of the election, but is so valuable to repeat. It really is quite unbelievable…

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  1. This is written brilliantly! I love that you’ve said it’s not a political question, I wish more people could see that humans fighting for equal rights is a human issue not a political one!

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    1. Thanks 🙂 that’s completely the issue. Treating human rights as a ‘political question’ devalues them, and strips so many people of their personal freedoms

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  2. Racism, hatred and bigotry is not a fringe element here, which the election results showed clearly, so a Biden/Harris administration has a lot to do, as we all do. I’m encouraged by the increased willingness to call out White supremacy and I just hope Biden will begin to actively change it within the systems and structures here. I’m looking forward to watching the inauguration and the potential new hope it brings. Great post.

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    1. Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I was genuinely surprised, both by the election and the attack on the Capitol. Biden/Harris have been signalling at least intent to implement changes, and hopefully their inauguration goes smoothly! Thanks for reading

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