After talking to my wise #mom, I have decided to take down the "we love writers from sh**thole countries" post. My mom and most of my immediate family still live in #puertorico. Puerto Rico is not a #shitholecountry. There are NO "shithole" countries. But PR is currently in a #shithole situation exacerbated by shithole leaders and the shithole in the White House. Sometimes they have electricity. Sometimes they don't. This means that I don't know exactly when I get to speak to her again. Other people have not had running water since September last year. The local PR government does not even have a final countdown of dead people nor a complete grasp of the situation.
It's difficult not to feel enraged, hopeless and frustrated all the time. I know this because I have been feeling like this for years now, even before this hurricane. With the constant insanity coming out of this so-called leader of the free world and his enablers is almost impossible not to. But the question is how do we respond to the 24-hours idiocy and hurtful comments and actions coming from the top echelons of our government and at the same time advocate for the transformative change which will ultimately take this country to the next level?
To answer this question, we need to rely on the powerful and profound message MLK advocated throughout all his life. We need to take control of the conversation and lead it towards the essential change we all want to see and which includes us all. This is not the "shithole countries" weekend. I refuse to let that happen. This weekend, we learn, we read, we engage, we listen, we communicate, we become activists, we see each other in MLK's words and actions. So we can live his legacy every single day of the year.
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