We don’t live in America. We have family and friends that do but that’s not why I’m writing. I’m writing because this isn’t just about America, it isn’t just America’s responsibly to figure out how to survive this. It’s about human rights and equity and feeling safe in your home and we should all strive to help others feel this way.
I would offer my home to anyone who needed a hot meal and a bed. But that also won’t fix this. Hiding and being afraid cannot be the answer. The answer has to be in action. But the action first has to come from the people in the privileged place to begin the action, only once they start can those that live in fear come forth and join.
I live with white privilege, and many around me live with white male privilege. That is where it should start. It shouldn’t be there in the first place, but since it is we have a right to use it to help.
The biggest influence that I have is as a mother. And this is where I will start, and where so many of you can start.
“Tell [the children] that you will honor the outcome of the election, but that you will fight bigotry. Tell them bigotry is not a democratic value, and that it will not be tolerated at your school. Tell them you stand by your Muslim families. Your same-sex parent families. Your gay students. Your Black families. Your female students. Your Mexican families. Your disabled students. Your immigrant families. Your trans students. Your Native students. Tell them you won’t let anyone hurt them or deport them or threaten them without having to contend with you first. Say that you will stand united as a school community, and that you will protect one another. Say that silence is dangerous, and teach them how to speak up when something is wrong. Then teach them how to speak up, how to love one another, how to understand each other, how to solve conflicts, how to live with diverse and sometimes conflicting ideologies, and give them the skills to enter a world that doesn’t know how to do this.”
From HuffPost, What Do We Tell the Children?