Lone Wolf is not a political platform. It was never meant to be, but perhaps it’s time we all evolved. I created the magazine because I believe that art can help heal people, but in times like these, I can’t help but face the fact that art is not going to be enough. Perhaps it never was. With the Trump presidency about to dawn upon the world, we are now facing a reality where the “leader of the free world” is an openly racist man with no moral compass or capacity for empathy. In the coming months we will bear witness to the withdrawal of reproductive and civil rights, environmental protections, the deregulation of the very banks that brought the economy to its knees in 2008, suppression of the free press, the rise of hate crimes across the U.S. and a social environment that normalizes white supremacist nationalism. There will be dark days ahead. We all need a game plan.
In the wake of Trump’s election, social media blossomed with positive sentiments. We began to urge others to spread love, to stay positive and to never give up hope. It became our battle cry. We all needed something to hold on to in this breathtakingly uncertain moment, and so we held on to our hope and those cliched platitudes whose only function is to make the world look just a little more rosy. These sentiments certainly have their place, but they are a step in the wrong direction. Wishing the world well will not make it well. Spreading love among your bubble of progressive liberals is not going to do anything to sway those who are leaning right in the most dangerous of ways. Never giving up hope is certainly necessary for your sanity, but hope alone is not going to fight the monster in the white house. We can no longer escape the absolute urgency to act, to physically do something about the hate crimes that have surged, and will likely continue to surge in the US over the next four years.
We no longer have the privilege of not being political.
We no longer have the privilege of not being political. We can no longer sit back and treat politics as an overly intellectualized hobby for those who are “into that sort of thing.” It is no longer a casual choice, but an obligation. Don’t just speak your empowering words into the bottomless pit of social media and assume that’s the best you could do. Write, publish, get involved with human rights watch organizations whose very reason for being is to take down the government if it turns evil. And it’s about to turn evil. It has only been two days since the election and there’s already news of an enemies list.
For decades now we’ve willingly allowed ourselves to be lulled into a comfortable sense of political nihilism. Many of us have embraced the belief that our voice doesn’t count and that simply wishing the world well was somehow enough, that it was in fact the most we could do. Somewhere along the way we all bought into the illusion of progress, and assumed things were just going to get better and better on their own, no matter who we voted for, no matter if we voted at all. We assumed we had our liberties locked down so tight we didn’t even have to worry about them. Well, it’s time to start worrying.
We now have a moral obligation to stop with this fatalistic “there’s nothing any of us can do but hope for the best” bullshit. You have to stand up for whats right, and not just with your feelings, but with your words, and your body, and your thoughts. You have to get angry. Get loud. Get really really loud.
We’ve settled for telling ourselves that we’re good people with good intentions and that this is somehow going to make all the difference. But, as hard as it might be to understand for some, the majority of those who voted for Trump did so with good intentions. They love their country, they want a better government. Good intentioned political passivity is no longer going to work for us when literally peoples lives are at stake. We now all have a moral obligation to stop with this fatalistic “there’s nothing any of us can do but hope for the best” bullshit. You have to stand up for whats right, and not just with your feelings, but with your words, and your body, and your thoughts. You have to get angry. Get loud. Get really really loud.
For years we’ve been subverting that kind of anger in our culture. It makes people uncomfortable to see an angry passionate black man stand up for his rights, many find it downright distasteful to see an angry feminist loudly fight for hers. We tell them to pipe down, to turn down the volume on their very personal sense of injustice because, ouch, our sensitive ears can’t handle that kind of politicking. Those days are officially now over.
Go out there, get involved, get political and do some good. Get angrier and louder than you’ve ever been…it’s the only chance we’ve got against the storm that’s coming.
It’s time to get involved. Reach out to organizations like ACLU, a not for profit devoted to protecting the basic liberties of everyone in America. They are literally here to make sure Trump doesn’t break any human rights as president. Volunteer at organizations like CCR, the Center for Constitutional Rights dedicated to protecting your rights under the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Volunteer or donate to the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which ensures political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons. Get involved with The National LGBTQ Taskforce. Go out there, get involved, get political and do some good. Get angrier and louder than you’ve ever been. Push passed any doubt that your one small voice matters. It matters. This is what it means to fight for your rights, and it’s the only chance we’ve got against the storm that’s coming.