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  • Rebecca Branle

Thoughts on Transporting Asylum Seekers to Martha's Vineyard



It's the dehumanization for me. Over and over again.


They paint Jesus white and give him blue eyes and close their eyes to the real Him. Because Jesus could have been on those planes. Mary might have been wrapping her arms around her baby, hoping for safety and refuge and opportunity. Mary's skin wasn't white but her heart was pure. Why do they assume the hearts of folks who risk it all for their families, for their future, aren't pure?


It is because, to the party that pairs with swastikas and white supremacy, playing games with brown-skinned families seeking safety is a favorite sport? DeSantis puts them on planes and stands up to the mic, slicked hair, slick smile, as he jokes about his cruelty.


He doesn't see the people. He's inhumane so he can't humanize them.


But the joke's on him because the folks of Martha's Vineyard wrapped their arms around them. Clothed them. LISTENED TO THEM. They brought lawyers, warm food and KINDNESS. This is the America I claim. I want to live in the place that SEES people. That CARES about people. That LOVES people.


I left the party of piety in 2016 when they shrugged their shoulders at a rapist cheat. I realized they could genuflect to him because they didn't see "her." All the hers he violated. All the victims left in his wake. And over and over again I saw them close their eyes. To murders of unarmed black kids like Elijah McClain. To insults fired at John McCain. To corruption again and again and again.


Here, in PA, Mastriano blows his budget advertising to white supremacist groups. He lifts up the Nazis while he tears down queer kids and crafts plans to destroy our schools. He charters buses to commit treason and shrugs his shoulders at cops beaten with the backend of American flags...but he still flies his own flag with that thin blue line. He'll cross any line for power.


I haven't spoken up in a while because there are some that say I ask for trouble. Why do they think asking for love is asking for trouble? Why are they so afraid of seeing the humanity behind the lies of their hate?


I left the party, but it's not about parties.


It's about having a soul.

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  • Rebecca Branle

Maybe they're right when they say guns aren't the problem.


Maybe bibles are. They've killed more people.


I've been sitting on this realization for years and yet I've never said it. That's the thing about bibles, they have power even when they're not present. They say, "Hush, hush. Best not to upset the pious. You'll be shunned."


Today, I say, "Shun away."

Because I'm over here, chillin with Jesus, and we think ya'll are nuts. Because while you twist the book you dismiss the hero of the story, and we've got some questions.


If you worship the Prince of Peace why are you armed to the gills? Why is your shiny possession more important than my babies' lives? If you've been saved, why are you always so scared?


The book you use as a shield says you should welcome the stranger, but the slurs you use don't feel so welcoming. If you studied facts like you study propaganda you'd know the drugs don't come on the backs of exhausted families. They come in corporate trucks and in big boats across the water that dock in our ports, not on bodies that crawl along rivers hoping for a better life. Why don't you see Jesus in them?


If you're pro life, why are you always lobbying for death? For years we've said healthcare is a human right. It would save mamas and babies and prevent abortions because women could afford to have babies and take care of them once they arrive. We proved it when we passed Obamacare and the number of abortions dropped to its lowest rate ever. You saw the statistic but you fought to take away that healthcare rather than make it stronger. The only rights you cry about are your rights to carry weapons of war and take off your masks and get rid of the "illegals" and make sure we don't teach a full telling of our history in schools. You want to protect white power, not share the power to live full, healthy lives.


You say my queer friends are dangerous.


But you're who I'm afraid of. You've always been the scariest.


You lobby against love and tell women they must obey and the women who do, they're lost to you. They fight against themselves and hate who they are and pass that hate down to their daughters and we stay quiet because they hold bibles and we don't want to disrespect.


But it's time to dissect it. It's time to dissent it.

Because it's amazing what we'll let them do when they're holding the bible. We'll let them come to our parks and say horrible things to our babies and we won't intervene because they're white guys with bibles and they deserve more protection than our rainbow drenched children, our loving, wise, beautiful children. But Jesus is standing with our children. His arms are wrapped around them, sort of like the flags they wear as capes.


Know this. They're coming for birth control next. They're coming for marriage equality next.


We told you this was coming and you said we were being dramatic. We don't have time to wait for your apology, but we're going to demand your vote.


This is life or death.

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  • Rebecca Branle

To the ones who paved the way for yesterday:


Donald Trump's years of documented racism didn't bother you. You liked his "style."


Steve Bannon and Steve Miller were "anti-establishment" and you were thrilled by their boldness.


Kyle Rittenhouse punched girls and came to murder, so you made him a hero. You made him rich.


And now Mike Miller and Dave Zimmerman do broadcasts about how bad diversity in schools and business is and openly mock LGBTQ+ people and you plunge their signs into your front yard and agree with them that "parents don't want diversity," because when you hear the word parent you only see white and straight. When you hear the word business and employee, you only see white and straight.

You throw your energy into anger because babies on the border are being fed formula. You want those babies to starve while you march in your pro-life rally and rally against healthcare for all. You're only pro-rich-white-life.


You watch FoxNews and they tell you about Replacement Theory and show images of migrants crossing the border. You're sure those folks with nothing but the clothing on their backs, soaked from crossing rivers, are loaded down with drugs. What drugs? Where? You rant about lack of workers to fill your jobs but it never occurs to you how much these folks want to work. It's never occurred to you that these folks aren't dangerous, they're fleeing danger, just trying to save their families. It doesn't register that they deserve your love instead of your disgust.


You hold tight to your guns. You want to carry them concealed. You want more magazines. You hang your black flag over your front porch and stick that constitution sticker to the back of your truck and wear your we-the-(white)-people t-shirts and flex your silly muscles. You realize the constitution didn't include me. And you love it.


Because you want to control my body and my mind because heaven forbid women get a chance to rule the world, to fix it. Heaven forbid we create real equality, real equity. Heaven forbid we take the racism and misogyny out of the founding father's words and make the words themselves real. Where would you be then? In a world where someone as dumb as Donald Trump couldn't be president? Where someone as dense as Dave Zimmerman would be laughed out of public office? In a world where Kyle Rittenhouse is in jail?

That's the world I want.


Sometimes, choosing love means calling people out. It's not too late to bring those flags in, to take down those signs, and to right our path. There's room for you over here, but hurry. We're running out of time to save our country.


Oh, and P.S. Jesus wasn't white with blue eyes and he's really bummed by your behavior.


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