Today’s post is going to be different.
I have never once commented on politics on my site but after a weekend that left me feeling heartbroken and sick to my stomach, I feel it is important to leverage my platform. Small as it may be, I do have one and while I had another post scheduled for today, I couldn’t stay silent any longer and this felt far more important today than something related to fashion.
This weekend was the first time I felt ashamed to be an American. I felt disbelief that this was our reality. Our country’s history has been woven by immigrants and we’ve come a long way to be more tolerant of others -no matter their religion, their race, the color of their skin or who they love. We still have a long uphill battle but this weekend’s executive order felt like an unbelievable step backwards in the pursuit of human rights.
It is so disheartening to see so many that remain ignorant and filled with hate. It is unfathomable to watch people who served for our military and risked their lives as translators be detained. It is heartbreaking for people to be unable to visit their families and for green card holders who have been thoroughly vetted through often year+ long processes to be turned away on U.S. soil. It is preposterous for people to believe institutions like The New York Times are going against journalistic oaths and spreading fake news. It is devastating for people who are fleeing violence so bad that we can’t even imagine it to be striped of hope.
As an American you are entitled to your opinion, but you are also responsible for being educated on the issues at hand. If you are sitting passively by and watching these events unfold and not determining where you stand on these matters or what you can do to help, it is a form of acceptance at the current state of affairs.
I took action yesterday by donating to the ACLU, deleting Uber, going to mass and sending up prayers for all those who need them and I’m beginning to speak my mind more openly vs. standing idly by. I will no longer be silent on social media and I will begin to fight in ways I can to play my part.
I want to live in a country where I feel safe, where I feel proud and where people unite together to make progress happen. This ban is shortsighted and executed poorly. We must remember we are so much stronger when united. When we act out of kindness and love rather than hate.
I believe in human rights. I believe in women’s rights. I believe in love. I believe in acceptance. I believe in tolerance. I believe in compassion.
Tomorrow I will return to regular content but I wanted to take today to press pause, speak up and reflect on the path forward. Sending love to each and every one of my readers…I am grateful for you and thank you for reading this.