It dawned on me this morning that the United States is a sinking ship.
We are a Titanic with exaggerated, mythical abilities that truly was never built to help all its passengers survive.
See, whatever some of us thought we were, we aren’t.
And some of the first class passengers are just now realizing this.
And some of the first class passengers have always known there aren’t enough lifeboats.
And it’s all hands on deck, but no one is saving us. No . . . no, instead they’re making sure the gates are locked on the third class passengers while the hull floods.
They never intended for us to survive.
And it’s been women and children first, sure, but instead of helping them, they’re caging them.
And the rats are fleeing, but not before infecting everything and everyone they can. Because if they can’t have the run of things, they don’t give a damn about leaving a plague in their wake.
And the water is coming up fast, sometimes faster than we can climb or run or swim, and we feel frozen in place.
Some of us are drowning.
Some of us are jumping.
Some of us are fighting through the numbness and pain to make it out alive, knowing—knowing—that what awaits us will likely be more treading of water in the darkness before help arrives.
If help arrives.
And the captain doesn’t care about the sinking of this ship because he steered us to the sharks on purpose.
And the captain doesn’t care about the sinking of this ship because his heart’s already an iceberg.
So, if we’re to survive this, we need to listen for every whistle of distress.
If we’re to survive this, we need to make room in the lifeboats, turn toward the fray, and risk capsizing to save as many lives as we can.
if we’re to survive this, we have to realize there is room on the door.