Open Letter to Caitlyn Jenner, About Solidarity With Other Minority Groups

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So, Caitlyn Jenner, you were a fervent Trump supporter because he said he would stand up for transgender rights. Now Trump wants to do away with them, and you realize you were wrong. Yours is just another on the long list of minority groups Trump targets. That’s what he does.

(10-25-2018)  This should not have come as a surprise, Caitlyn. So let your realization that you made this enormous mistake be a lesson in solidarity.

 Here’s the definition of solidarity according to the Oxford English Dictionary:

Unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.

One can take that definition narrowly, which you did. 

You weren’t bothered by Trump’s racism toward Hispanics, because you are not Hispanic;

You weren’t bothered that he bragged about “grabbing them by the pussy”, because you are not Trump’s type;

You weren’t bothered by his Islamophobia, because you are not a Muslim;

You weren’t bothered by his dog-whistle talk about globalists, because you are not Jewish;

You weren’t bothered by his ridiculing the physically disabled, because you do not have a physical disability;

You weren’t bothered that he said that there were fine people among the white supremacists who demonstrated in Charlottesville to keep the confederate statues in place, because you are not black;

Trump promised to be nice to transsexuals, and that’s all you cared about, because that’s what you are.

Why did it not occur to you that a man who would run a steamroller over all those other minority groups would do the same to the one you belong to? Because he said he wouldn’t and that’s all that mattered to you. I am terribly angry and worried about the fact that the Trump administration wants to do away with the transgender rights, and I feel awful for the LGBTQ community as a whole, but personally, I don’t feel too much sympathy for you right now. And I imagine a whole lot of Hispanics, sexually abused women, Muslims, Jews, disabled people, and African Americans don’t either.

Caitlyn Jenner, if you had taken the definition of solidarity more broadly, if you had cared a little more about the way Trump treated and spoke about those groups you don’t belong to, maybe you would have paid closer attention, and then maybe you would have realized that, if Trump became president, sooner or later it would be your turn. Who knows, if you had made a more informed decision, a decision that wasn’t based solely on what you thought were your own minority group’s interests, if you had not gone around the country and on talk shows praising Trump for a promise he only made to your minority group, maybe it would have made the difference in the election. Maybe Hillary Clinton would have been president now. That would have been far from perfect, but better than having a fascist in the WHite House. Not only your LGBTQ community, but all those other minority groups would also have been better  off.

Because yours is not the only community that matters, and no minority group is an island. That’s why solidarity with others is important, girl.

Sources:

  • Jenner, Caitlyn. Caitlyn Jenner: I thought Trump would help trans people. I was wrong. (Opinion) Washington Post, October 25, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/caitlyn-jenner-i-thought-trump-would-help-the-lgbtq-community-i-was-wrong/2018/10/25/3c4cd61e-d86a-11e8-83a2-d1c3da28d6b6_story.html?utm_term=.506b8f477526
  • Markovski, Veni. First they came for the communists. https://www.veni.com/articles/firsttheycameforme.html
  • Martin Niemöller. Wikipedia. https://www.wikiwand.com/nl/Martin_Niem%C3%B6ller
  • Niemöller, Martin. Quotes (Quotable Quotes) goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/654579-als-die-nazis-die-kommunisten-holten-habe-ich-geschwiegen-ich

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