If we truly believe in inclusivity, that there is room for everyone, regardless of race, creed, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation, now more than ever is the time to practice what we preach, to walk the walk, to include rather than exclude, to stand up for each other, to protect each other, to help each other.
Let us take this as yet another opportunity to prove to those who see us as “The Enemy” that we are not, in fact, the enemy; that we are not wild-eyed hairy bugbears intent on shredding the fabric of this nation, but that we are ordinary people much the same as they are and that, just like them, we’re doing the best we know how with what life has handed us. We want the same things they want: To be safe and warm, to be free from hunger and fear, to love and be loved, to live our lives in peace. Now is not the time for rhetoric or marching or sign waving. Now is the time for leading by example. If we stand together, look out for each other and help each other, we will still be standing in four years when we will again have the opportunity to exercise our rights as free and equal citizens to determine how we will be governed.
In the meantime, in the immortal words of Mr. Vonnegut, “There’s only one rule that I know of, babies-‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’”