I started noticing the trend on Facebook shortly after the election.
–The candidate who received 3 million more votes was not elected. Let that sink in.
–80% of evangelicals voted for a man who shares none of their values. Let that sink in.
–He admitted that he sexual assaults women, he mocked a disabled reporter, and he encouraged violence against dissenters—and still got elected. Let that sink in.
I did. I let all of this sink in. I still mourned not only what was, but what could have been. But I got over the shock, and I let those facts sink in. And then it got worse.
–The president of a country founded on religious freedom just banned a group of people based on their religion. Let that sink in.
–The president doesn’t believe the U.S. intelligence community but does believe the head of an enemy state. Let that sink in.
–Apparently we can’t afford SNAP benefits or healthcare, but we can afford a huge tax cut for the wealthy. Let that sink in.
And I did. I let it all sink in. And then it got worse.
Now it’s the free press being named a threat. It’s our civil liberties going down the drain. It’s our very democracy endangered by tyranny.
Now it’s children in cages. It’s families being separated or incarcerated indefinitely. It’s children too young to know the name of their country being expected to defend themselves in court.
And I’m still hearing “Let that sink in.”
No, I bloody well will not let that sink in! What sinks in is absorbed. What sinks in becomes invisible. What sinks in becomes the norm.
I will not let this shit sink in. I will march against it. I will rage against it. I will name this reality in all its absurdity and terror.
We must not let the lies and the horrors sink in.
Do you know what needs to sink in?
Courage. Courage must sink into our marrow so that our backs will not break under pressure.
Resilience. Resilience must sink into our connective tissue so that when one part of the body needs to rest, we still stand strong.
Compassion. Compassion must sink into our veins so that when another bleeds, we will work both to staunch the flow and to heal the wound.
Let that sink in. Let courage, resilience, and compassion sink in.
Or we will all be sunk.