Those that regularly follow this space may have noticed that it’s been unusually silent lately. In fact, I haven’t posted anything since early November. I’ve made plenty of things (in fact, I wrote a cookbook), but I haven’t known what to write. Since the election I’ve had my fair share of opinions, mostly incredulous and angry, but this didn’t seem like the appropriate outlet for that (thanks, twitter). I knew I couldn’t turn around and come here to talk about Thanksgiving recipes like everything was fine so I just… didn’t. And every time I started to write something here, I came up blank. I eventually realized that I wouldn’t be able to go on with blogging as normal until I addressed the situation head on.
So here it is. This is a scary, disappointing, and frustrating time to be an American and a Southerner. We have given control of the country to an unhinged man who every day proves to be completely unfit. We have elected a congress that is prepared to wage war on women, people of color, low income Americans, and the environment. We allowed racism and sexism to get in the way of progress, and now we have to sit back and watch as our democracy is attacked in the name of lining the pockets of the super wealthy. I was hoping for something different when we voted in November, and I am having a hard time reconciling the choices made by my fellow (white) Americans.
Saturday I joined the Wilmington Women’s March to protest the inauguration and this administration’s attack on women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, the environment, health care, public schools (and on and on and on). I was so overwhelmingly proud of my community for the crowd of over 1200 people (women, men, children). I was even more inspired to see massive protests around the world, and it gave me a slice of hope to hear people committing to resist today and going forward. I’ve been calling my congressional representatives and senators, sending postcards, and I’ve resolved to join as many protests and marches as I can going forward. If nothing else this election has inspired me (and so many) to be more politically engaged, and I’m inspired watching Americans come together to stand up for what we want our country to be.
I’m planning on coming back to this space more frequently with recipes, including a recipe that has been neglected in my drafts folder since October as I processed all of this. I believe in this country, and I am hopeful that we can make this a country that serves all of its citizens equally and fairly.
Morgan Greenwood24.01.2017 at 12:49
Thank you for this. I, too, find it difficult to keep keeping on as though things aren’t as frightening and sad as they are. We all need reminders that none of this is okay, that truth, inclusion and equality are alive and well in many American hearts. Frankly, I think thoughts like those you’ve shared here are appropriate anywhere and everywhere and I’m glad you offered it in this space you’ve worked so hard to create for others.
Lynn Russell24.01.2017 at 13:05
Sorry. I don’t know where you are from in the South. I haven’t heard this much negativivity on a southern blog about our new president. We have a democracy. Voting carried out. Winner proclaimed. I am sorry but I will unsubscribe for your emails. I prefer recipes without drama.
Elena Rosemond-Hoerr24.01.2017 at 14:06
Lynn, I am from Durham and currently live in Wilmington NC. We did have a vote, wherein3 million more Americans voted for Hillary.
Jane Winters28.01.2017 at 14:53
Thank you for your honest post. I live in Wilmington and feel exactly as you.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Janet T McDonald24.01.2017 at 13:14
I agree with everything you have said.
Theresa Ineson24.01.2017 at 14:21
I’m a liberal who voted for the lesser of two evils. I chose the man who made denrgrating remarks about women as opposed to the woman whose husband made a young woman perform a denrgrating act for him. I voted for the man who understands that I can’t shop in any of my local stores because no one speaks English and those who do denrgrating me for not speaking Spanish. I’m the child of an Italian LEGAL immigrant who embraced this country wanting to contribute to society, not trying to take what they could for free.
Elena Rosemond-Hoerr24.01.2017 at 14:45
Theresa, I suggest you do some fact checking and reconsider your news sources. Also, most undocumented immigrants still pay taxes, which is more than we can say about Donald.
Sarah Wolf24.01.2017 at 14:30
Ugh. Elena. You rock. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your cooking with us. Keep fighting.
Theresa Ineson24.01.2017 at 14:54
Ugh Elena! Ignorance is Southern bliss. My last comment will upset your little white bread world. If you are in this country illegally, and NOT paying taxes, you are a criminal. Those are the people I refer to. I now unsubscribe.
Elena Rosemond-Hoerr24.01.2017 at 15:08
I don’t think I live a particularly white bread life, but I guess it’s all relative. Also: http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2016/oct/02/maria-teresa-kumar/how-much-do-undocumented-immigrants-pay-taxes/
Jean Moore24.01.2017 at 15:06
Elena, very refreshing observations, especially from North Carolina. I agree with everything and if some of your readers want to unsubscribe from ‘the drama’, you’re better off without them.
Mrsaubreyb24.01.2017 at 15:09
I know exactly how you feel – I gave up my blog in November, too – and I am so happy to see this post. I can echo your sentiments and I hope you find comfort that you are not alone.
You may lose followers over this post. I will not be one of them. I’m going to instead think of having biscuits over breakfast with golden-hearted, like thinkers, and I’ll need your blog to help me with that! Haha. So when you can come back, yay! And if you can’t, we’d understand. Good work, good for you. I love it.
Elisa24.01.2017 at 20:23
Thank you for your amazing honesty!! Especially since you are in the south. It’s super disappointing to hear comments about people choosing a mentally unstable man child over an incredibly experienced and qualified candidate over something her husband may or may not have done. That is straight up sexism. I feel sick everyday over the direction our country is going in. The only positive of any of this is activism and the togetherness it brings. Take all the time you need.
Julie25.01.2017 at 03:52
Thank you for this post. You put words to what so many of us are thinking. This is a dark and scary time for our country. Knowing I am surrounded by so many like minded people gives me hope , but there are lots of scary days (years? I hope not!) ahead. We need community, and love, and truth seekers and warriors. Please keep blogging and speaking your truth. Warrior on.
Dottie25.01.2017 at 07:30
Beautifully written. You’ve put into words all my thoughts and feelings, but you did a much better job of it than I could have. It is indeed a scary time, but one positive is that it has made me aware about what is going on in the world and has instilled an urgency to be ever vigilant. I am comforted to see someone who feels the way I do – there is comfort in numbers – and I like you so much that you can send me two copies of your blog now instead of one! Keep up the fight and keep up the good work. I’m with you all the way.
Jenna25.01.2017 at 08:06
I agree with most everything said in this post. The part that is bothersome is “…choices made by my fellow (white) Americans.” One cannot stand against racism while also promoting it. Not only did many minority voters vote for D.T., but I — a white Southern woman — certainly did NOT vote for him. (But then, I didn’t vote for your candidate either. There were other candidates who were not one of the “two evils” who had experience and who looked out for the American public.) Please don’t place blame on one group over another. It only promotes a divide. We all need to unify and to make our communities stronger in order to counteract the damage that is to come.
Elena Rosemond-Hoerr25.01.2017 at 09:13
The vast majority of minority voters voted against Trump. And the majority of white voters voted for him. 53% of white women, in fact. Saying that white people need to dismantle racism isn’t racism, it’s fact.