There is one thing for which I am very thankful to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the 2016 election.
My opposition to Clinton, my opposition to Trump, and the results of the 2016 election all really brought into stark clarity the true character of virtually everyone I know. The number of people that claimed to be friends but turned out to be horrible people is depressing. I realized that quite a few just wanted to add me to their collection of “African-Americans” to help complete the “Some of my friends are…” argument they use when their bigotry becomes so evident that people can’t ignore it.
At least, now I know for sure who they are
Just as importantly, the number that proved the words of friendship, love, and support that came out of their mouths for years were true were much fewer but heartening.
I cherish them
There are no more questions about who I can trust and who I should never show my back to. The enemy has revealed themselves. They stand up proudly now and declare their prejudice and bigotry. Religion? Race? Sexual Orientation? Sex? They insist that we allow them to discriminate against people on these bases WHILE pretending that they aren’t.
We are going through one of the worst storms of my lifetime. True colors are abundant. Unfortunately, for many that I thought were friends, those colors are the White, Black and Red of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan or the American Nazi Party or Breitbart or Stormfront.