There's been a lot of "we're all fucked" posting in this community. Which is absolutely and perfectly understandable. Our leaders are horrible, people are dying, covid, cops, climate. A million other things.
I'm not saying your feelings are wrong or invalid. You have an absolute right to feel this way. What I am trying to do, in this post, is show you hard fucking data as to why you should not give up hope.
Look at that. Look at what MLK had to fight against.
And he won.
Not just him, but the people who followed him.
They fought, they bled, they died. But in the end, they won. Against a force just as entrenched, just as vile, just as sadistic, just as racist and shitty as today. Both in the government and the white population.
I don't mean to jerk you off or diminish what you're going through. These are dark times. The fight ahead of us is going to be harder than anything any of us have ever experienced.
I'm going to say that again.
The fight ahead of us, regardless of whether each of us individually marches and protests or not, is going to be harder than anything any of us have experienced.
The fight to stay sane. To stay mentally healthy.
The fight to stay determined and not give into despair.
Self-care is important. Put your phone down and go outside. (Away from other people, natch.) Take walks. Get sunshine. Eat cookies. Talk to us, or your friends. Get therapy. Do what it takes.
And keep in mind what MLK had to fight against. What all people like him have had to fight against. Think about what he would say, what he would tell you, if you came to him and said "It's impossible. We can't win. People are too stupid, too cruel, and too apathetic."
Would he agree with you? Would John Lewis? Would all the other great people who fought and bled and died for the rights we enjoy today?
In the future, people will look back at these times. They will look back and they will say "That generation fought for the healthcare we enjoy today. They fought for the end of police brutality and murder that we enjoy today."
I believe this because I believe in all of you. Not in myself. But in you. This community is an example of excellence, of compassion, of righteousness and empathy. A for-real, no bullshit love of justice and a desire to see it reign. And we are not alone. Every day as Trump tightens his fist, more and more people are swayed to this side, to this cause.
We will win. It will not be easy. People will bleed. People will die. But we will win.
Do not forget that. Do not forget those who have come before us.