They will call it the great whitelash of 2016. When a white electorate challenged by the first black president and the changing ethnicity of America stood against the first potential woman as president. This will not pass they exclaim as Gandolf in the Lord of the Rings.
When I first came to Savannah as the new resource coordinator for Phoenix Project a non-profit organization offering services housing, counseling, advocacy, and sundry other social services to those impacted by HIV everyone assumed I was gay. They assumed this although I was married and had one child (which I know does not necessarily exclude me from being gay). Even when asked on several different occasions and I replied ‘though there would be nothing wrong with being gay I am straight’ many still did not believe me. It was impossible in their world view to believe a heterosexual man would work so intimately with persons impacted with HIV. This thought still can bring sadness to my heart for all my fellow heterosexuals that it was impossible for people to believe that a straight man could care enough for those impacted with HIV to actually serve them.
It was also unfair to me that this assumption was made. If anyone had cared to research they would have found I lived intimately with the homeless, mentally challenged, persons living with poverty for four years communally. I also had hired openly gay folk, marched in Gay Rights marches (while working for Southern Baptists who could have fired me for either one of these actions), and gave one of the first donations to the local housing for HIV\AIDs housing in Louisville. But they did not and it was up to me to show them that yes at least this one straight man could care. Hopefully, I did through my actions.
Now we have a new president elect who was endorsed by the KKK, expressed racist and misogynist views. No one can believe that this president- elect cannot be racist and misogynist after all he is wealthy, white, and male and his followers are predominately white. So it may seem harsh to imply they are racist or misogynist but as unfair as that may or may not be it is on them to prove otherwise through their policies and actions. A simple truth found in the Bible says ‘You shall know them by their fruits.’ Or ‘I was stranger and you took me in.’ If Trumpites do not want us to assume them to be racist then they need to demonstrate differently.