I am not sure which disgusts me more. The sick man that my country has elected to hold our highest office, or the guy I saw on the news this morning who claimed, “I hate to say it, but I agree with him. We are a Christian nation” (referring to the ban of people from certain countries entering the United States).
It’s one thing to oppress the marginalized, but to do it in the name of God is a whole another level of evil. I have never been so ashamed of my country and my religion as I am now. If you call yourself a Christian yet do not stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters today, we are NOT on the same page, and I do not know your God. Your hunger for political power has failed your moral senses. If you feel that it is on God’s heart to judge or put down others based on their ethnicity, religion, skin color, or sexual orientation, do some serious soul searching. That is not God, that is you.
I have been refraining from writing a political post. As a musician, I have felt that doing so was a waste of my time, for my goal has always been to make the world a slightly more beautiful place through my music, and that has not changed. But this is not even about politics. It is about doing what little I can to encourage those who feel oppressed at a very dark time in our nation’s history, and as a first step, I must make my stance public. Trust me, this country is made up mostly of good people. If you feel the opposite is true, it is because the good people are not making as much noise. So I encourage you, make some noise with me.
Yesterday at Google, we walked out of work in protest, and I am proud to be working with such morally-directed peers. Displaying our disappointment is an important beginning, but we must also think about the long term solutions.
As high-profile as the actions and words of the politicians may be, the real difference makers are actually among each of us. Real changes happen slowly in mundane ways based on the actions that we choose daily. It’s been said that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” So while you may feel frustrated how little of a part you play, do play your part. Make the world better. Be kind to others. Invest in the education of those with limited access. Refrain from consuming sound-bites from biased news sources and social media. Teach yourself and those around you on how these policies work and how they affect people. Have face-to-face conversations (listening is more important than speaking) with those who disagree with you. Give your time and money to organizations whose cause you believe in. Support classroom teachers, for kids are our future, and education is the best long-term solution to society’s troubles.
We are in this together.