Outside the Berkeley Central Library. I've seen these posted all over the city. Hyperbole? Maybe. I hope so. Only time will tell. Who knows if Trump is truly willing to go down that path himself, or if he is just a businessman with an eye for for opportunity who doesn't care who "supports" him as long as it gets him the power he desires? Will it matter in the end? With increased hate crimes already being committed across our country, certainly no one can argue against the fact that plenty of people are taking advantage. They are using this opportunity to get back at any group they have been taught to hate, to target and intimidate anyone from any group they feel has "wronged" them or doesn't "belong." The Southern Poverty Law Center has reported an increase in hate and racism related crimes since the election, 437 (as of November 14th) and rising.
One woman in Colorado told the S.P.L.C. that her twelve-year-old daughter was approached by a boy who said, “Now that Trump is President, I’m going to shoot you and all the blacks I can find." (Source: http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/hate-on-the-rise-after-trumps-election). Is this okay? With anybody? In any world? Those of us who did not vote for Trump obviously don't think so. And I would hazard a guess that plenty of people who did vote for him do not think it's okay, either.
So, here we are. I think we all need to keep a few things in mind as we decompress from the election and figure out how to move forward-- no matter who you voted for. Yes, things are uncertain. Our politics feel more "polarized" than ever. But we ARE still one country. Fighting amongst ourselves, threatening each other, blaming each other, these things are NEVER the answer. We have power as a people to hold our elected officials accountable. Start local. Pay attention. That's what I'm going to do. Keep your eyes on the next election in your area, wherever you are. SPEAK UP. That's what the folks who are posting these signs are doing. Whether you agree with the message or not, no one could argue that they are not trying to do their best. That's all you can do. Get involved.