Bigots Win

So it’s come to this.

A lot of people on social media are trying to reassure each other, desperately trying to prevent other people from dying. A lot of people are feeling very fragile and shaken right now. And if you are one of them, please please reach out to the people who know you and love you, please talk to the people who care for you and your safety.

Also, don’t read the rest of this post.

I’m going to be real honest with you here: there are no upsides to what has happened. There is no silver lining, no positive spin, no optimistic tilt. This is bad.

Look back at the last sixteen years of your life. Most people would say they’ve had it pretty tough. A lot of people struggle just to get through each day. What happened tonight means that their struggle is going to get worse. The few bright spots that emerged over the course of the last sixteen years are about to be extinguished. People are going to suffer.

Even the people who think that they’ve won. Not the big shots smiling on your TV screen right now, I’m talking about the voters. The people in their McMansions currently patting themselves on the back. I mean, sure, all the people they hate will suffer, which is what those voters wanted above all else. But a badly run country is not a precise weapon. Their future, though not as grim as the one that’s coming for women and minorities, is not going to be a rosy or prosperous one.

They won’t notice or acknowledge that, though. Not ever. Because they are people whose guiding principle is that every bad thing, every frustration, is the fault of someone else, someone different from them. Whether those different people amount to 49% of the population, or 20%, or 10%, or 1% — if even one person different from themselves exists, they will always, always, always blame someone else. All of us working people are going to suffer — some more than others, obviously. But we won’t suffer together. We’ll all go down, while the slightly-more-privileged scream at the most powerless among them, in a torrent of slurs and epithets, that it is all their fault.

Here is something that will not help you, but it is true nonetheless: The people now crowing about their “victory” will get what they asked for. And it will do almost nothing to improve their lives. Except the joy of watching others suffer. But you can’t buy a new TV with that.

Social media is now being flooded with messages telling us not to give up. Now is the time to fight, they say. Now is the time when we really have to roll up our sleeves and give it all we’ve got. But, excuse me, we have been fighting. We’ve been fighting since a rogue Congress impeached Clinton. We’ve been fighting since GW Bush was elected that one time. We’ve been fighting since the Obama backlash started the day after he was elected. And on and on, back through time. How long until the fight is kicked out of you?

Because let me tell you something: The people who think they’ve won are getting the same message that the people who didn’t are. They are also being told that now, now is the time to fight, now that they’ve got the momentum. If you think that the people who hate you and want you to not exist are going to let up just because they won an election, you are sorely mistaken. We’ve always been fighting. It’s always hard. It’s going to be much, much harder.

I’m tired. It’s late. And, frankly, I don’t know if I’ll be back. In case I’m not, I just want to say that I love you all, and goodbye.

Bigots Win