Haley Monts

White woman with short blonde hair wearing headphones and a black jacket, smiling and looking slightly away from the camera and to the right.
White woman with short blonde hair wearing headphones and a black jacket, smiling and looking slightly away from the camera and to the right.

There is no room for compromise with injustice.  No one should be silent in the face of such blatant ignorance and bigotry, even if they believe their voice will not be heard: it is better to let your voice be lost in the cries of protest then to let your silence drown out the words of others.
Trump, even if he somehow manages to be no worse than incompetent, has already done enormous damage by given visibility to the ugliest parts of America’s consciousness.  He has granted legitimacy to the rhetoric of Alt-Right neo-Nazi party, further normalized rape culture and misogyny, and perpetuated gross anti-Black, anti-Latinx, and anti-Semetic racism.  After so much damage already inflicted socially, there is no questioning the threat he poses on a politically.  The recent Republican attacks on the ACA are only the first taste of the risk he poses to myself and millions of other Americans.
My opposition to Trump isn’t based out of a sense of ideological purity, or stubbornness.  I am not a “sore loser.”  I am afraid of the America Trump wants to create – it’s an America that I and my disabled sisters don’t have a place in.  But we are not ones go silently.  Our lives are a testimony to our strength.

I am a 21 year-old student, currently studying English with the intent of becoming a grant writer.   I have Loeys-Dietz syndrome, a rare connective-tissue disorder discovered in 2005 that bears some similarity to Marfan’s, and was diagnosed when I was 10.  I am both chronically ill and multiply disabled, with multiple heart surgeries and spine fusions under my belt, though my disabilities are largely “invisible” to those unaware.  You can learn more about Loyes-Dietz syndrome at www.loeysdietz.com.

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