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I promised my next piece would be something from my writing class, but I changed my mind.  I'm a white American woman and I'm disgusted by what's going on around me.  Specifically, the words and tweets that come from my president, Donald J. Trump.  I'd love to say "Not my president," but he is my president.  That is reality.  Saying he's not my president in effect says, "Not my problem."  Saying "This is not us" also alters the reality that these events are occurring to many of us.  

Racial discrimination is not a new problem in this country, it had just been hidden in plain sight for a while.  The KKK never went away, they only caused a stir in "very rare cases."  However, as white Americans, I think we are finally seeing what's been in front of us the whole time.  We are coming to realize that the problem is much broader and more prevalent than most of us thought.  President Trump has been exposing, creating and widening racial divides since he began his campaign.  We all dismissed it as bluster.  Since taking office I think it's fair to say, it's not bluster - he is a racist bigot who has no place in our country.  And yet, there is no member of congressional leadership willing to call him out by name for his actions.  They each simply make generic counter statements of their own.    

President Trump has emboldened white supremacy groups to continue to recruit members.  President Trump has attempted to discredit or silence any media outlets that report unflattering stories about him, calling them "fake news."  He has proven time and time again that he can only say "presidential" things when someone else writes them and he reads word for word from a teleprompter.  

We all ask ourselves, what can we do?  We can tweet our anger.  Does it help?  Go to protests?  I am in a liberal state and can't drive.  Protesting isn't exactly an option for me, so instead I'll write.  I guess that will be my little way of pushing back on the forces that are becoming too strong in this country.  

Caitlin