I have been too aghast to blog for the last few days (so much for a solid NaBloPoMo), despite being tempted to just inundate you all with cat photos, because I’ve been alternating between doing anything but read about Trump, and then going back to being glued to Twitter. That’s where I first saw others retweeting @ShaunKing‘s (senior justice writer @NYDailyNews) reports of bigoted attacks explicitly tied to the election of Trump: it’s explicit because the harassers and attackers are gleefully telling their targets that Trump’s presidency makes minorities fair game for them.
Mashable shares a depressingly long list of hateful attacks shared online since Trump’s election: just a sampling of reports tweeted by Shaun King. Read it and weep, because it’s horrific to see so clearly what the haters have been holding in and now feel free to express.
There are however some bright spots:
When I did a search on this blog’s media library for images related to hate, the first result was this picture of the motto on Pete Seeger’s banjo, so I’m just going to leave it here as a reminder that there is a strong tradition of fighting against hate to tap into as well. I believe in the Americans of goodwill and generosity, and that they will ultimately prevail. It’s going to be a bumpy ride though.