It’s been a long 2 weeks since President Donald Trump has taken office. In those 2 weeks, I’ve seen an admirable outpour of calls to action from many of my friends and family. It seems that more than ever, people are being inspired to contact their representatives and actively voice their opinion, rather than just shout into the void. But amongst all this beautiful activism, I’m still seeing a good number of people (many of whom are friends my age) who choose to mock this kind of action.
It’s now trendy to be the “neutral observer” or the apolitical friend dubbed as the most “rational.” I’ve seen post after post on my Facebook feed along the lines of, “tired of all these political posts” or “everyone is acting like the sky is falling… relax.”
But the thing is, to so many people who are less privileged than those who make these claims, the sky is falling. They are staring down the barrel of “Trump’s America” and are finding it hard to see a positive outcome for their futures.
There is also another trend of posts I’m seeing that are slightly more bold, but still sadly passive. They sound something like this… “I don’t normally like to get political, but…. ~insert something political~” as if they need to apologize or downplay the thought they are about to express. This acts to delegitimize the idea of anyone speaking to their political beliefs in a public forum.
If you’re not worried about your future or you don’t take issue with any of the changes being made right now, take an empathetic lens to the situation and try to understand why other people are worried. I promise, it’s for good reason. Being a daughter of immigrants, nothing has hurt me more than when my own friends don’t see the reason for my worry.
In a time like this, apolitical attitudes like these never cease to confuse me. It’s never been as cool as people think it is to not give a shit. You know what I think is cool? Being passionate. Being informed. Being brave enough to stand up for your rights and for the rights of others. Giving a shit.
To all those who are afraid to get political– I implore you to stop being silent. Now is not the time for apathy. Now, more than ever, it’s time to be brave.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
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