This is my inaugural post after a long hiatus on Inauguration Day. A day where my brother is sitting shiva. That is what Jewish people do when they are in mourning. I will watch none of the events. I can’t bear it.
We are in trouble. Real trouble. And we have to act like a vector, and change the way this is going.
So the march in Washington and all over this country is just one thing, and important thing, the first of many.
Here are some facts for you given in a time where facts aren’t popular. Of all voters who cast a ballot in the general election, 25 percent were black, Hispanic, Asian, or a member of another minority group. But those voters were 42 percent of those who didn’t vote. Drilling down a little further, black voters made up 11 percent of voters who cast a ballot and 19 percent who didn’t. This disparity really hurt Clinton because black voters (by 82 percentage points) and Hispanic voters (by 40 percentage points) overwhelmingly favored her, while white voters went for Trump by a 16-point margin in the SurveyMonkey poll
Young people between the ages of 18 -29 were twice as likely to not vote as people in the older classification. Hilary won that demographic by 30 points. (These figures come from fivethirtyeight.com)
Here is my first idea on how to bring him and what he stands for down: We should stay out of the argument that goes nowhere with those who disagree with us. It only feeds their anger. Instead, we should engage with those who agree with us, but who don’t do anything, and get them involved. That is where our organizing should start. Most of all, get them to vote starting in 2018. Young people and minority people especially. We must get them to understand the issues and what is at stake, and then get them to vote while we have a semblance of a democracy to participate in.
Maybe see you on the streets?