“To be a writer is to claim a voice, a hard thing for anyone schooled to silence… You step into the light on your own terms now, you claim the mic, telling the story you have come here to tell.” – Joy Castro, Island of Bones
When I began this project, it didn’t immediately occur to me I would be blogging during an election season, or what that would mean for my writing. Now, more than ever, I feel the need to raise my voice.
Over the last few years, I’ve slipped into the silent space of neutrality on social media. Rarely do I post on my own page. My activity is confined to wishing friends happy birthday, “liking” family photos, and scrolling past political and controversial posts. But in the current climate, it is impossible–it is irresponsible–to remain silent, to feign indifference for the sake of being polite.
This election is unlike any other. It is no longer about left or right wing politics, but preventing an unqualified, fear-mongering man from holding the nation’s highest office. A vote for Trump is a vote for racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia. It is a vote for ignorance and hatred. To remain silent is to be complicit with this dangerous and potentially deadly agenda.
I am raising my voice. And I encourage you to do the same.
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