(Reader Supported News) -- Not my president,” say tens of thousands protesting in the streets across the country. “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!”
No surprise, I back the protesters and feel sad that distance and a gammy lung keep me from joining in. Trump may – or may not – have won an Electoral College majority fair and square. But belief in democracy does not require us to endorse the decision of our fellow citizens or the scapegoating of immigrants and Muslims. We need instead to find nonviolent ways to resist Trump and the worldwide ultra-right he encourages.
Hundreds of ways to resist will emerge in the weeks and months ahead. One extremely creative idea comes from my Ramparts colleague and sometimes co-writer Frank Browning, author most recently of “The Fate of Gender.” Like so many of us, Frank is horrified. Why did so many Americans, whether personally racist or not, vote for someone who expressed so much bigotry, misogyny, and hate? And what can we do to force a clampdown on the post-election surge in hate crimes?
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A native of Kentucky now living in France, Frank has asked me and several others to reach out to those beyond Trump’s national borders and ask them a simple question: Will you join us in fighting Trump’s politics of hatred by refusing to visit the United States? We call our campaign “Boycott Trump’s America.”