Jummah Reflection: Inauguration Day
Jummah Mubara, Shabbat Shalom and TGIF.
Yesterday more than 20 Jewish Community Centers across the country had bomb threats called in to them.
Yesterday, a “representative” of the people of Texas sent letters to Muslim communities throughout the state, asking them to take a survey on their beliefs about terrorism.
Yesterday a hashtag trended on Twitter with thousands upon thousands of people mocking and disparaging the participants of the upcoming Women’s March as ugly, desperate, and miserable.
A leader empowers and enables those around him or her. That there was an uptick in hate crimes toward religious minorities following the recent presidential election in this country is not a coincidence.
Yet, there are still people in my circles of family or friends who don’t really think that the concern I feel today is legitimate. That perhaps I’m just a hysterical woman. Or a looney, high strung liberal. Or whatever else they have to tell themselves to rationalize not hearing me.
But me and my people are being threatened – both by those in power and those who are surround us in civil society. And if you choose to look the other way, that’s on you. As the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
On the flip side, I want to make it abundantly clear that I SEE. I see my Jewish friends’ worried brows, and the concerned looks on black parents’ faces. I see the furtive glances of Muslim women in the grocery store, looking out for those who would do them harm with word or deed. I see my children’s eyes when they watch the television and hear “leaders” saying things about us and our religion.
I see. I’m a witness. I’m here with you, and for you. I hope you’re with me, too.
Last night, the president-elect addressed an audience of supporters and told them, “Oh the other side is just going crazy!” That statement was met with laughter and applause.
Well I’m here to tell you, Mr. President: There is no ‘other side’. You work for me now. For ALL of us. And you’d better believe I’m a bad boss bitch. Get ready for the hardest, most exhausting, most unrelenting job of your entire privileged life. And be careful.
I enjoy firing people, too.