By Maria Garcia
You want me to get over it please tell me how.
How do I get over knowing little kids are being threatened and others kids are taught to hate?
How do I get over knowing the “all men are created equal” and Dr. King’s dream were lost in the politics of hate?
How do I get over knowing that the new Supreme Court will harm our country for the next 40 years?
How do I get over knowing the decisions they make will hurt my nieces and nephew long after I am gone and can’t protect them?
How do I get over knowing that people I cared about made a decision to support an evil and hateful human being?
How do I get over my very naïve and foolish dream that we would raise children that are not racist and by the year 2000 racism would not exist?
How do I get over knowing that my gay friends and family members, decent good Americans, will live in fear because you say their love is wrong but the hate you support is right?
How do I get over the fear I see in people’s eyes knowing they are not safe in this country?
How do I get over seeing the elder fear that their Medicare benefits may be lost?
How do I get over knowing that people thought it was ok not to vote because they didn’t like either candidate and take no responsibility for the hate they helped create?
How do I get over the knowing that there are people that speak for God but do not follow his most basic teachings?
How do I get over you saying your God is better than my God or my neighbor’s God?
How do I get over my dream in Bobby Kennedy’s words “I see things that never were and say why not”?
How do I get over people wanting to build a wall on a southern border and not one word about the northern border?
How do I get over knowing that we have not overcome?
How do I get over the anger and pain in my heart ?
How do I get over biracial/bicultural families being condemned?
How do I get over you thinking I should go back to Mexico when eight generations later I know I was here before you?
How do I get over reading that kids are going to school to hear chants of build that wall?
How do I get over having a President that made fun of those with special needs after working with kids with special needs?
How do I get over knowing that a vendor in Little Italy endures shouts of go back to Mexico?
How do I get over knowing that people preferred a racist over a woman for President?
How do I get over a man that said he wanted to be the president for “all American” but has failed to speak against the hate we are seeing?
How do I get over knowing that when you voted you cared more about your business than our Country?
How do I get over César Chávez’ words si se puede when I can’t put my pain aside to make the impossible possible?
How do I make you understand that you are responsible for the hate we see today?
How do I get over it? I don’t. I just keep fighting, caring hoping and praying that this will make us unite and fight for our country.