Whitehall, Montana July 2016
Who will stand and fight now? Pay close attention because those are the ones who will lead us (and the Land) out of toxic waters of the mile-deep mining pit America seems hell bent to land on. Which of us snow geese will not land in those waters? Pay attention! Those are the ones to follow.
Here's a clue: the least-confortable among us will be the most likely to show the common sense and courage that we all must honor and then emulate. Rebel against the ones who will not hesitate to land in water that looks like…water? Those comfortable leaders who've already feathered their nests and see no problem with sticking to appearances? Yes. Of course, and it's always been that way and you goddam-well know it.
Here's another clue. Those real leaders are already showing us the way. I'll just leave it at Standing Rock. You want a livable world for your children? Think about it. Is an Indian still just some "chief" selling cigars to you? It apparently still is to the town fathers of Whitehall, and Whitehall--or at least Jefferson County where Whitehall exists--went heavily for Trump.
Who will seek comfortable waters of toxic waste to float their poor, weary butts on, and who will not. Who will stand and fight and who will you follow?
Far past time to decide. The painting's been on the brick wall for long enough for those of us who claimed they needed more time to process these things. What do you think of white privilege now? Do you benefit from it? Be honest! What will you do?
Give the Brick Wall a fresh coat of paint? C'mon. Get real...
Follow the leader, I'd say. Evolve.