To the bloggers staying “on brand” as if nothing is happening: know that everyone sees you, and thinks you’re a tedious coward
— Chelsea Fagan (@Chelsea_Fagan) January 29, 2017
Yes, Chelsea, yes.
I recognize the privilege that I walk around with. My hair and eyes are dark. My skin is white. My name, though unconventionally spelt, is easily pronounceable and, despite my Latina background, I inherited my Irish-Catholic father’s last name. Despite growing up in a poor, immigrant community, I graduated from Princeton University, the top-rated college in the US for at least the past six years. When I walk into a room, it’s not unlikely that I can find other folks who look like me. It’s mostly likely that the only women in the room look like me.
I’ve always identified as a conservative. I’m registered with the GOP.
My life has not been easy but I carry massive amounts of privilege with me in my day-to-day.
On Friday, as I was out barhopping with my friends, President Trump issued an executive order that has now been coined the “Muslim Ban.” If you don’t know what I’m talking about you can read more about it from Buzzfeed here.
This weekend, American citizens were detained for hours. AMERICAN. CITIZENS. Green card holders were also detained. In one instance, an American citizen from Liberia was detained for 3 hours out of Chicago O’Hare. LIBERIA WAS NOT EVEN ON THE LIST OF COUNTRIES.
I don’t have the emotional energy to turn this into a thought piece on the issue, but I want to make three things very clear:
- This was undoubtedly the result of racism.
- This will undoubtedly bite us (the US) in the ass. (Don’t believe me? See Senator John McCain’s comments here.)
- Hate breeds hate.
If you’re offended by this, please unfollow me and don’t visit Burke Does ever again. I don’t want or need your bullshit hate in my life.
Emilie is an Army Wife, Data Engineer, and CrossFitter with a love for working through her thoughts in this space on the internet. She is a contributor to many open source projects including dbt, Meltano, and GitLab. She lives with her husband Casey, their son RJ, and their pup Bo in Columbus, GA.