I stand with Maxine Waters. Auntie Maxine has been in the news for speaking out against Trump since he announced his candidacy. Since he was sworn in as president, she made it clear that she would be his adversary every step of the way. Recently, Maxine Waters suggested that kicking Trump staffers out of restaurants is the least we could do to people who support racist policies from a racist president.
As expected, Trump supporters lashed out with protests and death threats after Trump suggested Maxine Waters ought to watch her back. Even a prosecutor questioned why she hadn't been shot yet for being so outspoken. While Sarah Huckabee Sanders received a secret service detail for being asked to leave a restaurant, Maxine Waters has to pay for her own security after death threats flood her congressional offices.
It is time to make it extremely uncomfortable and unpopular to practice racism, bigotry, xenophobia or any other kind of hateful or harmful behavior.
The approach that people like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer take is outdated and the reason why people like Trump, his enablers, and supports feel emboldened to continue harming people with their destructive beliefs. They have been able to operate unchecked and unimpeded because too many people are silent.
We have to speak truth to power in these cases where hate is on display. Hate is bold. Racism is bold. Xenophobia is bold. Discrimination is bold. And, so too, should be our resistance.
So I agree with Maxine Waters, every instance you encounter destructive, divisive, and hateful speech and behavior. There should not be a place on earth where anyone should be comfortable being hateful, racist, bigoted, homophobic, xenophobic, etc.
I am in no way advocating for violence but being racist today should be difficult. It should not be something anyone is able to do proudly. No one should stand idly by while anyone is attacked on the basis of their race, religion, sexual orientation or country of origin.