Tired of “Political” Posts? Too Bad. Anti-Activism is So a Thing of the Past

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Recording artist Beyonce performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)

It is indeed a correct statement that too much of anything, even a good thing, is not good. cooking shows, survivor-style singer contest shows … the Kardashians. On either side of any of these spectrums, there are both those who can’t get enough and those say enough is enough.

It’s not a broad stretch to say that politics, and particularly the subject as it relates to the Trump administration, is equally, if not the most, polarizing of all topics one could discuss today. One will be hard-pressed these days to turn on the television, go anywhere online or tap on any social media app and not see anything relating to the 45th President of the United States. The topics range from staunch support, to bold opposition to anywhere in between. Regardless, it seems as though everyone these days has an opinion.

And that’s a good—no, a great—thing.

People that know me know that I’ve always been a bit of a news junkie. During the most recent election cycle, I would, from time to time, post things about a debate between then candidates Trump and Hillary Clinton or perhaps a meme about one of the outrageous statements candidate Trump let come out of his mouth on a seemingly daily basis. But the thing is, I, like many in America, would post these things occasionally, reactively and with no sense of real strategy or urgency because I didn’t take Trump seriously. At least not until it was too late.

So when it was clear that Hillary Clinton’s candidacy was in jeopardy, and more importantly, that Donald Trump could actually become president, I mobilized myself and decided to add a blog to the already existent Empire of the Infinite platform to tackle the politics of the day in what I hope is a unique way.

And while I’ve not had anyone—yet—directly request of me to “knock it off” with the political posts, I have noticed that many social media platforms that there is a pocket of individuals who always seem to “groan” whenever someone posts regarding the politics of the day. Or, there are those individuals who feel a burning desire to post about a particular political topic and when they do, they begin the post with something like, “I apologize for the political post but …”

Exercising one’s right to utilize their voice is something I will not ever or even remotely apologize for and neither should anyone else. We are in serious times; at the helm of this nation is a man who demonstrates literally day in and day out that he has no respect for those who oppose him, for the rule of law, for the truth or for the vast majority of men and women who reside in this country. In his first 25 days in office he has enacted or attempted to enact orders that violate standing U.S. policy, fairness and the safety of our country. Period. Trump is dangerous and everyone should, in some way, speak out and if you are one who chooses not to, that’s fine, but no one should malign or deride those of who choose to.

But why?

Well, it is indeed an interesting dichotomy the anti-activist finds themselves in. They wish for everything to be normal, they want everyone to calm down and just let things play out. They desire for everyone to just post about “happy stuff”: that vacation, the job promotion, that kid’s first tooth, that meal at that newly discovered restaurant, the great message that the preacher preached on Sunday … What the anti-activist doesn’t realize, or just doesn’t want to acknowledge, is that the very political conversation they balk at is the exact mechanism that controls every facet of the life they lead. Political decisions determine the quality of healthcare we can acquire for our family, the terms upon which we can purchase a home, they determine to which countries we are able to travel and the extent to which we can stay, they determine what can be imported into this country for our consumption … Political decisions are to the citizenry what a glass is to water: They hold both the method and manner with which we are able view and consume our lifestyle as United States Citizens.

So, given the current vile, pernicious and essentially frightening political climate, I applaud anyone’s efforts to shine a light on the careening train wreck that presently inhabits the White House.

Just look at how some of our biggest and “trendiest” stars are continually speaking out about whats going on: Beyonce’s Lemonade visual album was nothing if it wasn’t filled with political statement (What—you thought Formation was about making some sort of militaristic fashion statement?), Oscar winner Meryl Streep got super vocal about Trump at the most recent Golden Globes awards, and at last night’s Grammy ceremony, Busta Rhymes and A Tribe Called Quest got mad political before they launched into their performance of the unquestionably political songs entitled, “We the People” and “Movin’ Backwards”:

“I just want to thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all of the evil that you’ve been perpetuating throughout the United States,” Rhymes said before launching into “We the People.” “I want to thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban.”
-Busta Rhymes, 59th Annual Grammy Awards

And Beyonce’s acceptance speech:

“My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history. To confront issues that make us uncomfortable,” she said.
She continued: “It’s important for me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first in their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys, and see themselves and have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent and capable. This is something I want for every child of every race.”

So, to each his own. You don’t like to post about politics? No one should knock you for that. Everything isn’t for everyone. But it seems to me, based on the examples above as well as current and long building trends, that if you go the extra mile to groan, roll your eyes at or deride your friends or anyone who does post politically, you are behind the times because being politically aware is now, and for the foreseeable future, what’s really good.

Think Passionately. Disrupt Strategically.
-A. Lawrence Haskins

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