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“We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.

Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power and we don’t just respect that, we cherish it. It also enshrines other things; the rule of law, the principle that we are all equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values too and we must defend them.”

From Hillary Clinton’s 2016 concession speech

With all due respect – No, Hillary. Just. No.
You were the woman that was going to break the glass ceiling. You were going to be the first woman president. You won the popular vote. You’ve gotten as far as you have because you convinced the people on the left that they could trust you. This is why your words are shaking us to the core.

You cannot ask another woman to peacefully concede her pussy to a man that brags about sexual assault. You cannot ask the black, Hispanic, poor and disabled communities to keep an open mind to the full force of Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Sheriff Clarke, the Fraternal Order of the Police and the Klu Klux Klan descending upon them with guns drawn. You cannot ask the immigrant community and their unprotected family members to believe in the values of this country as they await being torn apart by ICE. You cannot tell the people at Standing Rock anything about dignity.

You cannot tell these communities that after all your promises, you do not respect equality enough to do absolutely everything in your power to prevent Trump from taking office. You cannot tell us – many of us who have struggled or outright rejected Democratic loyalty to the most targeted communities in this nation – that you want to roll over and sell us out to Donald Trump and ask us to follow you down that path. We may be stronger together. But not if we’re headed off of that cliff.

You owe us more than that.

If you believe in equality and the people that voted for you in any way, then it is your responsibility to reject this outcome. It is your responsibility to honor the lives lost in the Civil War to prevent just such a takeover. It is your responsibility to pay your dues to the Civil Rights leaders and marchers that lost stood in the face of white supremacy, fought and died to pass the laws that were supposed to prevent the KKK from descending on their children and their children’s children. If you believe in any of the equal rights rhetoric progressives so freely quote but so rarely live up to –then you must defend those values before any value that can be placed on a peaceful transfer of power to a white nationalist.

Peaceful transfer of powers was not designated for the day that the Confederacy rose again.

But the Democrats seem to have missed that message. Even Barack Obama – the First Black president – is ready to turn minority Democrats over to a white supremacist without a fight saying, “We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country.”

How is this something that he could even bring himself to say?

No. No we are not rooting for Trump’s success. We are screaming for you to fulfill your promises to the people of this country and this world by being who you promised this country you would be right now. We need you to be the man that inspired this nation to believe that change was possible. We need you to be the man that told the nation:

“Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story — of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren’t well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.

It is that promise that has always set this country apart — that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well.

That’s why I stand here tonight. Because for 232 years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women — students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors — found the courage to keep it alive.

We meet at one of those defining moments — a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more….

We are a better country than this.”

It’s amazing that in the last moments of your presidency you would be called upon to prove at the deepest level why you should have held the office in the first place – but that time is here and that time is now. We need you to be the President you promised us you’d be. We need you to show us why we are a better country than this. And how we can prove that.

You owe us more than a legacy of handing us off to the KKK.

The voters are waiting for the Democratic party to fight as hard for the people they say they represent as white nationalism is. We are waiting for the left to say, OK – we fucked up. But we haven’t given up. This isn’t over.

But somehow, this still has not happened.

After everything the Democrats have promised, after everything that the community has shown them, and after a white nationalist that prides himself on sexual assault, hate speech, fraud, and treason just took over the White House – The Democratic party still refuses to stand up and defend us. In the name of dignity and equality, they refuse to take a stand.

Democratic leaders, we tried to tell you that white supremacy was alive and well and building when we said #blacklivesmatter. We tried to tell you when Oscar Grant, John T. Williams, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Kayden Clarke, Mario Woods, Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Terrence Krutcher, Alfred Olango, Keith Scott and Tyre King lost their lives to armed and badged soldiers of white power while its sympathizers explained it all away.

We shouldn’t have had to tell you, though. You saw it all with your own eyes. But you told us not to take a stand. You told us not to take a knee. You told us not to march. You told us there were ways to beat this that didn’t include standing up to white power. You told us we should stay calm and diplomatic and polite while we were gunned down in the streets by white supremacists in blue with guns. You had a chance to stop them then and you chose not to defend us.

You were wrong then. And you are wrong now.

We tried to tell you that white supremacy was coming for us in a way we hadn’t seen in generations when we screamed #NODAPL. We told you about the people at Standing Rock. The people fighting for their own land peacefully and with great reserve and honor. You know about the treaties. You know about the life and the land that the pipeline threatens to destroy. You saw law enforcement mace and shoot our people with your own eyes. You saw them put our women in dog cages. You watched and you stood still. You watched and let white power have its way with the tribes at Sacred Stone. And you are still watching and asking us to continue to watch as Trump takes hold of tribal lands and the people on them.

You stood on the wrong side of history as the rubber bullets and batons flew then. And you are on the wrong side of history now.

We told you our women, Muslims, people living with disabilities, people from the LGBTQIA community, Latinos, the homeless and others were all being targeted systematically. We told you we were being raped and beaten and targeted and killed. We told you white supremacy and hate was here and it was gaining speed. We told you and you refused to listen. You refused to act. You were so confident that WE were wrong that you didn’t even account for the white power constituency in your polling. And now you think YOU are paying the price. But you are not. Not yet.

But we are asking you to pay your dues now.

Democrats, I will not sell my family out to a white nationalist. I will not sell my pussy out to a rapist. I will not sell my child out to Donald J. Trump and I am absolutely disgusted that any of you would ask us to.

How dare you even consider turning the White House over to a white supremacist with a neo-Confederate agenda. How dare you turn the country over to a man that has promised to physically and politically do everything in his power to “drain” us from his vision of a Great America. How dare you speak of equality and dignity and values when you are faced with the greatest threat to this country and arguably the world, and you refuse to stand and fight. How dare you ask for peace and compromise and concessions.

Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama – How dare you sell us out to a white nationalist because you are afraid to live up to the promises you have made to fight for us when it counts.

Well it counts now. And it will never count more.

So, no. I will not keep an open mind. I will not concede peacefully. No I will not pretend like it is even slightly ok for anyone to take that posture any longer no matter what the reason. I will not lay down for this. I will stand and fight with all I have left. I will fight for my communities, my families, my friends, my mentors, my elders. I will put my life and reputation and professional network on the line to directly confront this with every shred of self I have. I will not dishonor them by turning my back on them now. And I will demand that you do the same.

Published in The Huffington Post
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