But to call us “snowflakes” for crying?
So Trump just got elected. It’s two days after Trump just got elected, November 10th. I just exited an Environmental Ethics lecture, where the professor actually, posited the question of whether our generations are quote, end quote “snowflakes”. And by that meaning oversensitive, think we’re all special. And I’m here talking about this because, I’m a white woman...but I’m also bisexual, and my brother is bisexual. Sorry, gay actually. I have gay friends. I know trans people. I am friends with people of color and we’ve all been told our lives don’t matter! They don’t matter because, now the most powerful man in the world has openly disparaged all of these groups!
We now have a president who has been accused of sexual assault by several women, as well as bragging on tape about sexually assaulting women. And I sit next to someone who tells her story of sexual assault and is now traumatized and re-traumatized every day, because the most powerful man in the world, a man who we yet to call “our president,” has sexually assaulted women. And that’s the reality we’re living in! But to call us “snowflakes” for crying? To even legitimize that, that term? Call her “Crooked Hillary,” I can take that. I can talk through that.
Do not dare go after my ability to feel, and my ability to comfort my friend, and hold my friend! And people I don’t know, the ability to, to try to see the goodness in humanity that-that that view is just taken away from us. I mean whatever your political affiliation, try and see, like, whatever policy he’s actually able to get across, and I hope they’re zero to none. Donald Trump has put forward this idea that it’s okay. It’s okay to call women “pigs.” It’s okay to say "she wouldn’t be my first pick" when referring to someone accused of a sexual assault. It’s okay to call Latino people "bad hombres", and “rapists", and "drug dealers", and to suggest that all Muslim people are immigrant terrorists, and that we need to get them out to protect our country. To suggest that that rhetoric is okay, that’s enough to make me wanna cry, to say that, well not the majority of the popular vote, but this huge chunk of our country thinks that’s okay at this point.
I’m gonna cry, I’m gonna go ahead and cry, and I’m gonna hold my friend, and that’s what, I feel, makes me a good friend, and makes me the best person I can be right now, and tomorrow I’ll fight. Today I cry, but tomorrow I’ll fight!
I’m not a snowflake. I’m strong ‘cause I can wrestle with all these things and I can find strength in my friends. That makes me strong, not weak. So, screw that. Screw that argument.