Three weeks ago yesterday, the US Senate confirmed a right wing extremist supported by the NRA and religious right to the highest court in our land despite multiple credible allegations of sexual assault.
And white women cast the deciding votes.
Since then a Washington Post journalist has been sawed in pieces.
Fascist gangs have publicly beat people in Manhattan.
13,000 children are in detention camps.
The Administration announced plans to erase trans people.
A man groped a woman on a flight and justified it because “the president of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts.”
A Florida man mailed pipe bombs to 11 public figures who have been critical of 45.
A Kentucky man executed two Black people in a grocery store.
And yesterday an avowed antiSemite who was angry at Trump for not going far enough slaughtered 11 people at a synagogue.
45 is saying “the media is dividing us” “we need armed guards at synagogues” “Republicans produce jobs and Democrats produce mobs.”
NO the media is not dividing us, HE and his base are.
NO we do not need more guns and militarization, we need LESS. We need ZERO.
And NO we activists are NOT the mob.
Voters of color and progressive whites are the majority of the electorate. We sent President Obama to the White House twice.
We are angry that a man whose views are so far outside the mainstream of American political thought — who does not have a mandate SINCE HE LOST THE POPULAR VOTE- is remaking our country and dismantling the rights generations of Americans struggled hard and gave their lives to attain.
The mob are the 80,000 voters in 3 states who made 45 win.
The mob are the white women who laugh while Trump mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
The mob are Trump supporters who cheer his vile behavior.
Progressive activists don’t assault people. We don’t kill people. We use our voices and our bodies to say this is unacceptable and we refuse to accept it.
We must not normalize this. We must keep resisting. We must continue our self transformation. And we must continue to care for each other learn from each other and support each other.
On Nov 6 we the American people can stand up and say: THIS BEHAVIOR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. WE BELIEVE IN LOVE. WE RECOGNIZE OUR NEIGHBORS.
WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Karen Fleshman, Esq. is an attorney, activist, soccer mom, and a nationally recognized expert on racism, feminism, workplace fair practices, police brutality, and politics.
Working in nonprofits and local government, Karen came to understand that racism is the underlying problem in our society.
In 2014, Karen founded Racy Conversations, a training company, to inspire the first antiracist generation.
She gives talks and facilitates workshops at companies and conferences throughout the United States on racism, unconscious bias, micro aggressions, sexual harassment, allyship, becoming a change agent, and raising antiracist children. Her clients include the Sierra Club, the Wikimedia Foundation, Yahoo, Sony, Xero, Upwork, and KARGO. She blogs for Huffington Post, Moguldom, and Blavity, and is a Medium Top Voice on Racism, Feminism, and Politics. She is the author of a forthcoming book on practicing antiracism for white women and will speak on a panel at SXSW 2019 on interracial sisterhood.
Karen dedicates much of her time to police accountability activism and serves on the workgroup overseeing implementation of the United States Department of Justice recommendations on ending bias at the San Francisco Police Department. She was arrested five times at the US Senate protesting the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Karen is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, the University of Texas at Austin, and New York Law School, and is admitted to practice law in New York.