I am not a racist. Nobody who knows me ever called me a racist. I am sick and tired of being called a racist by people who don’t know me. I am sick and tired of being called a litany of hateful names. Calling me a Nazi was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Who am I? I am one of the 62,984,828 Americans who voted for President Donald J. Trump in 2016, and one of the 74,216,154 who voted for him in 2020.
I am one of 70+ million deplorable, irredeemable, racist, Nazi, insurrectionist, Neanderthal Americans, according to Democrats and their “Fourth Estate”. I can’t find the words to adequately express how angry I am about that. I can’t find the words to adequately express how scared and sad I am about that for the future of my country.
I was born and raised, and lived most of my life, in the Northeast. I am an Ivy League graduate. I voted for George McGovern, Jimmy Carter (twice), Walter Mondale, Bill Clinton (twice), Al Gore, John Kerry, and Barak H. Obama (once). (I voted for myself as a write-in candidate, when Barak H. Obama ran for re-election.)
I am a White male. When my White friend married a Black African woman who was born and raised in the Congo, I was his best man at their wedding. My wife and I are of different religions. One of our daughters serves as a volunteer member of the board of directors of an LGBTQ+ civil rights organization. I have benefited from health care provided by female doctors. I have donated my time to a soup kitchen that helps the local predominantly-Hispanic working-poor. I have served on the board of directors of a local Red Cross chapter, on the board of directors of a local Legal Services Corporation for the poor, and as President of a local Rotary Club.
In my youth, I had little interest in politics. Watergate changed me. In the wake of Watergate, I was elected as a Democrat Committeeman in my home town. At the first meeting of the Committee, after cocktails, the Chair presided. Included in his agenda was his announcement that our town had openings for building inspectors, and he offered those jobs to the Committee members and their families and friends. One Committee member asked what qualifications were required for the job. The Chair replied: because of Watergate, Democrats now are in power — we don’t need qualifications. I immediately resigned from the Committee.
I understand why Democrats and their “Fourth Estate” call 70+ million Americans hateful names. I understand demagoguery works. I understand the undisputed facts are the last thing they want to discuss, or even admit. I understand it’s impossible for them to find a single issue that supports their right to be in control of an ant farm, much less the United States of America.
But, understanding their desperation doesn’t change the fact that their litany of hateful names is hateful. And hurtful. And needs to stop. Now. In the cause of actual Unity.