Apology to America

November 9th, 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized

Dearest America,

I am sorry.

I thought it was so obvious. I took a break because I thought “what could I contribute to discourse about Trump’s stereotypes?” “It is all too obvious,” I thought. I deal with the higher level, more complicated, subtle stereotypes.

In a speech on June 16th, 2016, these words came out of his mouth:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

He said Mexicans were rapists. What more could I add to the discussion about how wrong that was?

I underestimated myself and the contribution I, as an individual, could make.

I overrelied on Facebook whose algorithms reinforced my delusion that the world thought like me.

I took for granted the media’s role to help vett candidates, facilitate debate, and otherwise be credible journalists.

I got too busy to care about others. This was the first year, essentially in my life, that I needed to focus on me and my immediate family. It’s not a bad thing. But it made me have blinders on to what others were going or would/could go through without me, or any of us, looking.

I became complacent and decided to enjoy my life, not indulgently mind you, but to see the world through rose colored glasses. An Obama presidency made that easy for me to do.

I advocated vocally but neutrally and even-handedly when I should have been vociferously angry on the outside like I was on the inside.

I, like many Americans, let it happen.

I am sorry. I let you down.

I will try harder next time.

It will never happen again.

With Deepest Regrets,

The Stereotype Guru

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