Dear Mr. VP,
It’s my birthday. I’m 33 today.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what you could get me for my birthday. Here’s a short list of possibilities:
- A live-in barista.
- Wonderpets to be taken off Netflix and perhaps all of the internet.
- A trip to Karen’s personal hair stylist, who seems to know how to style brunettes with bangs.
- The top secret files on aliens kicking around somewhere at the FBI.
All of those would be nice, but what I’d really like — really, really like — is a public statement calling Jeremy Christian, the white supremacist who just murdered two men in Portland, a terrorist. And also lauding the men who stood up to him as heroes, and a YUGE donation to the Go Fund Me set up to honor them.
We’ve talked about white male terrorists before. Remember how I wanted an office called VOWED: Victims of White Extremist Dudes? Well, here’s another reason to do it. Jeremy Christian is a known white supremacist who showed up at a march in Portland a few months ago with a baseball bat to beat up left wing protestors. (And worth noting that the cops didn’t arrest him for brandishing a weapon, because, you know, he’s white.) White male terrorists have killed more people in the US in the past week than refugees from the travel ban countries have in 40 years.
More importantly, though, let’s talk about these heroic men, two of whom gave their lives. When I used to travel all the time for work, the phrase “if you see something, say something” was constantly stuck in my head. In the airport it means report suspicious activity. But it’s also a good motto for life as an ally: if you see a racist harassing someone, say something. Ricky John Best, Taliesin Namkai-Meche, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher saw something and said something.
And what else would be a good birthday present? That people not be too scared, now, in the wake of these heinous murders, to say something. Because it is imperative that we say something. Otherwise (and maybe this phrase will sound familiar to you), we’ve let the terrorists win. And yes. Again. White supremacists are terrorists.