“Poisonous Words” by Susan Brubaker Knapp
This is one in a series of posts featuring an artist whose work is included in the Threads of Resistance exhibition.
I was greatly disturbed by things Donald Trump said during the presidential campaign, and by the words he used. It was amazing how many women I know who were horrified to hear people using the word “pussy” or talking about pussyhats, but who brushed off Trump’s “grab ’em by the pussy” comment as “boys will be boys,” or “locker room talk.” So much of what came out of his mouth were racist, misogynistic and xenophobic insults. For our democracy to succeed, and for us to solve vital problems our country faces, we must be able to discuss important issues with civility and respect, to listen to others’ views without insulting, even if we completely disagree. Finding common ground – even a small patch of it – is impossible without this. If these kinds of comments are considered acceptable for our president to say and tweet, then they become acceptable for others. They are a poison that infects us all. I believe that the rise in hate crimes, as documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other organizations, is a direct result. Words often lead to actions. The poison is spreading …
Hear a message from Susan about her piece below: