You Are the Story
A reader and long time friend suggested that I ask how you feel about this coming weekend. You are the story.
I’ll toss out some ideas to stimulate your thinking but I hope to learn something from your comments. Of course this might be a total bust if there aren’t any but let’s see.
On Friday January 20 at noon, Donald Trump is scheduled to be inaugurated as our 45th President. I say, “scheduled to be” because there are many who still hope it will somehow be derailed.
On Saturday January 21, the Women’s March on Washington is scheduled to take place in more or less the same place as the inauguration but it will go from 10:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon.
I doubt much needs to be said about the inauguration but here are a few words about the march.
“We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.”
I can think of two pretty easy ways to think about these events but I am sure there are others.
You might prefer one to the other.
You might care a great deal or not so much. You might even be ignoring one or both completely.
My friend who suggested the idea kindly helped me to think about it. Here is what we discussed.
Are you thinking of a survey that could be analyzed? If so, one of the most interesting things to ask would be zip code.
Are you thinking more anecdotal?
Anecdotal will draw some rants and much silence. Nothing wrong with the rants because they are illustrative. Too bad about the silence because there is a very legit response of ignoring the whole thing. It will be hard to separate the ignorers from those who are loath to put their views out there.
I think we’d have to offer the prospect of considering the entire weekend including the march on Saturday.
As I re-read this, I see that I have focused on why are you are making the choice you are making for the weekend whereas you have asked the more straight forward question “what are you doing?”
We decided to ask the open-ended question because we thought there would not be enough responses to make any statistically meaningful observations. Besides, LibertyPell readers skew far too intelligent.
Over to you. If you would prefer anonymity please email your observation to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post your comment without attribution.