I’ve had a lot of thoughts and feelings over the past week. I haven’t been very productive, writing-wise. But here, I think, is some much-needed perspective:
To wit, nobody should be surprised to learn that America—overall, historically, demonstrably—is racist as fuck. Non-white minorities have always known this. If you look like any kind of brown person, it’s something you have to deal with every single day. (I could tell you stories. Oh boy, could I tell you stories. But later.)
So. Racism wins: not that surprising. Still devastating, yeah. Many of us hoped for better from our fellow citizens. But we are ready to face this.
Remember back in the year 2000, in DC Comics, when Lex Luthor was elected President of the United States? That’s right, evil supervillain Lex Luthor. And that motherfucker was a straight-up murderer.
That storyline had some logic issues, as pointed out in the article linked above, but my point is: we’ve been imagining dystopias for, well, ever. 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Handmaid’s Tale, is any of this ringing a bell?
This situation is nothing new. We’ve been seeing it for years, in fiction and in other nations’ oppressive regimes. The difference is that now, we get a chance to fight for real. We are the Rebel Alliance. We are the Maquis. We are the Green Martians.
So fight, if you haven’t already been fighting. Fight for the oppressed. Fight for those who are weaker and less privileged than yourself. Donate money if you can. Volunteer if you have time. Fight for truth, justice, and the goddamn American way. Because this is where heroes are made, in the crucible of change.
And never forget—this is important—always remember, we are stronger together.
We all have a choice: to kneel before Zod, or to rise up with Alexander Hamilton.
What will you choose?
P.S. If you don’t know where to start, HOLY FUCK THE ELECTION might help.