[This is the second of four posts exposing recent screeds and missives that demonstrate various degrees and kinds of ethics rot spreading from the 2016 Post Election Ethics Train Wreck. The first is here.]
II. The Evanston/North Shore YWCA
Karen Singer, the CEO of the Evanston/North Shore (Chicago) YWCA sent a post-election letter that read in part,
We walk through our doors at the YWCA Evanston/North Shore each morning determined to make our communities more just and equitable, determined to work for women’s empowerment and equality, for a woman’s right to choose what happens to her own body, for freedom from violence, and for people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, cultures and religions to feel that they are embraced, have opportunity, are respected and that their lives are valued.
Yesterday morning, we walked through our doors and felt that instead of a glass ceiling shattering, the floor had dropped out from under us. We sat and grieved together for what seemed to be a national affirmation of everything that is antithetical to what we aspire to and hold as our most cherished values.
We are all searching for an explanation; a way to get our heads around something we are struggling to understand. How can the climate and rhetoric of hate, racism, violence against women, and fear have been given its ultimate validation?
Mia, a staff member who answers our domestic violence crisis line, wrote something yesterday that especially resonated with us:
“(My son) stayed up with me until 12:30 am. He went to bed knowing it was probably over, but saying that maybe it wasn’t. There was a tiny bit of hope in his heart. The Cubs taught him about late night miracles last week. Still, I could hear the despair in his voice when he said, ‘I don’t want to go to school tomorrow, Mom.’”
“In the morning I came downstairs immediately after hearing him get up. I hugged him long and hard, with tears in my eyes, tears that are still in my eyes as I type this. I said, ‘I love you.’ And then I said, ‘You have to go to school today. You have to go to school for all those girls and Latinos and blacks and gays and Muslims at your school who were just told by America that they are not valued. You have to show up for them.’”
“To all of us who were told by this election that we do not matter, that our rights are irrelevant, I will show up for you. I will stand with you and I will fight every injustice I see. I will continue to use my voice as best as I can. For all of us. Even for those who voted differently. Because their rights may come under attack as well.”
Mia speaks for all of us at YWCA Evanston/North Shore….
She does, does she?
I wish I voted for Trump, so I could speak for the 65 million plus that voted for him.
What a pompous, self-righteous, biased, divisive, disrespectful and unfair statement to make, and to poison a child’s mind with so that he too can grow up fearful, hateful, and intolerant. How dare this woman not only make blanket assumptions about the character and motives of half the nation, but ascribe those motives to the basic act of voting?
- A citizen who voted for Donald Trump because he believes that the nation’s laws should be enforced and borders kept secure was saying that women and minorities “do not matter,” that their “rights are irrelevant?
- A citizen who voted for Donald Trump because she believes that a woman who had repeatedly proven dishonest, corrupt and untrustworthy should not be the first women President merely because of her chromosomes was saying that women and minorities “do not matter,” that their “rights are irrelevant?”
- A citizen who voted for Donald Trump because he believes that a party that engaged in campaign dirty tricks, rigged its own nomination, showed no regret when its chairwoman was revealed to have helped Clinton cheat in televised forums twice, was saying that women and minorities “do not matter,” that their “rights are irrelevant?”
- A citizen who voted for Donald Trump because he believes that the Democratic Presidency of Barack Obama has been inept, incompetent, unaccountable, illegal and dishonest and does not deserve to be endorsed by electing a candidate sworn to continue the same failed polices was saying that women and minorities “do not matter,” that their “rights are irrelevant?
These women have taken a complex personal decision, a vote in an emotionally charged election, involving hundreds of interests, statements, policies and controversies, and deliberately attributed despicable motives to that vote in order to justify their own biases.
The letter is an ugly exercise of stereotyping, bigotry and mass demonization. It attempts to turn half the nation into the “other” to be feared and reviled. It is despicable, but it is not unfair to conclude that this is the attitude among far too many progressives and Democrats. They see the election as an act of virtual violence against them and their unassailable agenda. Support our corrupt candidate, or we will know you hate us, and we will hate you back.
A nation can’t survive with half the nation thinking this way about the other. The warped priorities and unbearable self-righteousness of the Left have been allowed to strangle common sense, logic, empathy and fairness, and like weeds choking the garden of ethics, need to be cut back to let society breath. If the Trump Presidency can just accomplish that, it will be worthwhile.
Meanwhile, who at the YWCA will have the courage and integrity to call Singer into an office, close the door, and ask, “What the hell is the matter with you?” People like Mia and Karen Singer are spreading fear and hate. This is not good citizenship. It is not good parenting, or good leadership.
It is incompetent, and irresponsible.