January 06, 2017
Here are screen shots of the 51 posts I've made about politics on Facebook since election day 2016.
I collected these Facebook posts for anyone to look over and make their own determination about my mental health and my level of anger about Trump's election. It isn't up to me to tell anyone how to feel about these posts. Everyone will interpret them through the lens of their own beliefs and experiences. If they cause you to feel concerned about my mental health, you can reach out to me privately with your concerns and I will address them, or send you a video of me dancing to a song of your choosing.
I am under no illusion that I'm changing minds with anything I do on Facebook. I am sharing my feelings; sometimes with legitimate questions, sometimes with a healthy amount of snark, and sometimes with outright derision. Sharp-tongued political commentary is something I have done online since 2004.
I try to separate my political beliefs from my identity, but I'm under no illusion that I'm immune to political tribalism. However, no one is defined solely by their party affiliation or who they voted for. I have seen numerous racist and sexist posts and comments online about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (including from the president-elect, who spent 5 years insinuating that President Obama was not a U.S. citizen). While the comments made me angry, not once did I think they were personal attacks aimed at me.
Lastly, I would say that if you are uncomfortable with what I are say about the president-elect, his public statements, and the people he intends to surround himself with, I invite you to come to California and stay with me. Come to Santa Cruz and meet my friends and co-workers. Come visit me and I will introduce you to some amazing and thoughtful UC Santa Cruz students. Whether you approve of the way I express my passion or not seems like a secondary point compared to the real fears of the people I know personally and spend my days with.