"We all failed to understand what was happening in 2016. There simply is no excuse this time."
Nope, we didn't all fail to understand. Some couldn't or didn't want to see what was a lifelong pattern of cheating. Some are too far removed from the actualities of those who are targets: BIPOC, working class, human beings with no resources and no power, and every other living thing on the planet. Some live in abstractions about the carnage, but couldn’t summon the actual feeling of terror or desperation or helplessness in empathy if they tried. Some are far too comfortable and far too privileged — read: way too white — to have seen the threat that has manifest from day one.
I mean, come on. The 45th’s inaugural speech, if you were listening with more than an intellect that thought it already had it all figured out, was a plan. (Here's a post I wrote about it, if you're interested: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA8Sf7WDYkJ/) That speech in January 2017 was not unconventionally apocalyptic, as so many media and academic ppl called it. It was his and his white nationalist’s plan for the American apocalypse. He's telegraphed his every move. He is not bright. But some of us used sense-making tools that couldn’t account for him, and they missed the train.
There is no competition for who saw this shit coming first. Still, those for whom light has not shone until very recently need to acknowledge that there is a blindness or a slowness in you that prevented you seeing the train way the fuck back then.
Glad you're awake. Now go share your power. Be democratic in every thing you do. Be open, transparent, and accurate. Add as many democratic practices to the culture as you can and share your power with as many people as you can.
Challenge the authoritarian practices, those that are closed, opaque, and inaccurate. Those practices create poisonous social soil and nourish state-level authoritarians who have got our democracy by the throat. Do all you can to make sure that what you contribute to the social soil is healthy.
Thanks for sharing, Simon.