Or the Reason I’m on Twitter

Ever heard of Scottie Nell Hughes? Well, until the day after the election, I hadn’t. I’m one of those lazy white female liberals who ignores the news until the @^#& hits the fan…like it just has. The morning after the election, I’m watching the news (praying for someone to scream “sike”) when a member of the (all white) panel of guests asks (something like this): “What do you say to the Muslim woman who was in tears on the radio this morning because she’s afraid for her safety now that Trump’s been elected?”

Scottie Nell Hughes (says something like): “I’d say I understand her fears because ‘I’ve been there’ myself.”

Visual: Beautiful, thin, blonde, white woman saying that she’s “been there” when it comes to fearing for her safety following an election based on her skin color and religion…

Correct response: ^*$^$(&@@@@????????????!!!!!!!!!!

Actual response of all of the other white guests: Digress onto a non-racial/religious issue and completely ignore the follow-up questions that Scottie Nell Hughes should have been asked, including:

  1. What election results made you fear for your safety? Was it the election of a black man for president? Because of course that meant that all black men had a free pass on raping white women…in the imaginations of white supremacists.
  2. When you say that you’ve “been there,” do you mean that time that you were apparently threatened on Facebook in response to the things you were saying in support of Trump? Because while it isn’t cool to threaten anyone, you were being threatened because of your ACTIONS. You were NOT being threatened on account of your skin color or religion.

SCOTTIE NELL HUGHES HAS NO IDEA WHAT IT’S LIKE TO FEAR FOR HER SAFETY BECAUSE OF HER SKIN COLOR OR RELIGION.

Her assertions show just how out of touch some Americans are with why so many of us are upset about what’s happening in our country right now.

Trump supporters and people who did not vote are now angry that they’re being called racist. They say it’s racist to call them racist.

IF IT’S TRUE THAT THEY’RE NOT RACIST, they should be:

  • Calling their elected officials urging them to protest the appointment of Bannon.
  • Signing up at www.RegisterUs.Today to show that they reject the notion of a Muslim registry.
  • Taking steps to show their support for minorities in their communities.

SO WHY AM I ON TWITTER? I f’ing hate Twitter. I hate the fact that people tweet pictures of their cats and report every minor detail of their very ordinary lives. But as I sat in my bed the morning after the election, furiously Googling for a way to contact Scottie Nell Hughes and the CNN anchors on New Day who didn’t call her out for her nonsensical and offensive statements, I was driven to the utter brink: I created a Twitter account. I’ve since learned (thanks to Twitter) that there are indeed many ways of making my voice heard (See “Concrete Ways to Resist Trump”). And I’m going to use every damn one, because I fear discrimination and hate.

Would I have gotten here without Scottie Nell Hughes? Yes, but I can’t help but think that I owe a tip of the hat to that insanely oblivious woman. So thank you, Scottie Nell Hughes.