Portrait from 1977. From NPR.
And hers is a farewell I wish didn’t happen this year.
She hung in there for as long as she could. She will be sorely missed, and her legacy in fighting for women’s rights and gender equality shall be remembered.
That said…holy bollocks, 2020. Can you go after some evil cuntbeasts for a change?! *points at pics of Republican Senators*
Also, having read various online comments on the likely outcomes of the Supreme Court, all I have to say is this: RBG would be shaking her head at those already resigning their faith in democracy. She was a fighter in what she believed in, all the way till the very end. (I’m also rolling my eyes over those calling her “selfish” that she didn’t retire earlier. I get it–people are upset right now, but why go down that route? And, yes, I’m aware of the line I wrote above this paragraph.) Yes, there are corrupt fucks in the White House and Senate doing everything they can to further their fascist regime, but those assholes of despotism can’t forget that they are still outnumbered by those who want democracy and justice restored in this country. The Women’s Marches, Black Lives Matter rallies, the 2018 Midterm Elections, and reports of surging voter registration for this year all prove this. And come November, not only must we vote, but we must fight* to make sure that America returns to being a free country for all, where our human rights are honored, and not completely collapse into a cesspool where only rich, white, male, conservative oxygen-thieves reign. Seriously–enough with the moping, complacency, and indecisiveness; if you value democracy and your human rights, you know what you gotta do.
Mourn today, but fight* tomorrow. You know RBG would appreciate it.
**Updated 9/19: this vigil happened and it made me a little more proud to be living in the Bay Area. *sniffles*
*And by “fight” I mean get those who are of voting age but aren’t registered to register to vote, donate to candidates, phone bank, make sure you’re registered to vote, and always let your voice be heard!