With the heat of Donald Trump’s election win blazing over this country, many celebrities and influential members of the community have made it a point to speak out. San Antonio Spurs Coach, Gregg Popovich, was one of them recently being asked on his views of the election. He unapologetically chastised those who supported Trump, and his morally divisive views. I wanted to show my appreciation with this open letter. Thank you for being an ally.
I want to personally thank you for being human. I have spent days since the election trying to wrap my head around how anyone human could relate to a man that is so threatening to the human race on so many levels. See this fight isn’t about blacks vs whites or Hispanics, it’s not about rich or poor, it’s not about religion, or even sexuality. In the simplest of forms this is about humanity. It brings to question the reality that people can hypocritically pick and choose when their values should take priority over political banter. A man that ran on a platform very familiar to that of Richard Nixon, demonizing entire groups of people calling them rapists, thieves, nasty, and uneducated. Making a mass effort to dehumanize individuals for their race, gender, disability, and sexuality. There isn’t one person on this earth that shouldn’t have felt directly violated by some part of Trump’s campaign. He is the face of intolerance which none of us are excluded from. Pretentiousness won’t protect you from intolerance, and you can’t call yourself a proud American, the place of the free if liberation for all is not your priority.
Gregg you said it best when you discussed how Trump’s team used fear mongering and race bating to try and make Barack Obama, our first black president, illegitimate. “It leaves me wondering where I’ve been living, and with whom I’m living. The fact that people can just gloss that over, start talking about the transition team, and we’re all going to be kumbaya now and try to make the country good without talking about any of those things.”…yea it’s pretty disgusting.
The fact that you… a “rich white guy” from Texas, surrounded by so many others just like you, can see the insanity in this predicament we have found ourselves in…the fact that one human can understand what it would feel like to be on the other side of hatred…MIND BLOWN!
I just wanted to personally thank you. Thank you for showing empathy. Thank you for using your platform, influence, and voice to express your anger. Thank you for not judging and showing disdain toward the reactions of the marginalized communities who continue to suffer because of people and movements like Donald Trump’s. I challenge anyone not a part of a marginalized group to truly stop for a moment and try to recognize the undoubtedly normalization of hatred, racism, bigotry, and xenophobia we have just witnessed. Imagine what it is doing to the communities of the oppressed! How it makes us feel! Have you ever had to look yourself in the mirror and think I am unsafe, my family is unsafe and I don’t know why? It is the harsh reality of the groups of people Trump has turned his back on.
This is not a time of division and for supporting the cycle of hate. The reality of this is that we need your support! No civil or social injustice ever saw progress without the help of allies. Thank you Gregg for your efforts and willingness to speak out. I hope we can continue to work together as a community to fight for HUMANITY.