Oh, I guess the unassuming way that I kind of inserted myself into the White House and politics has been a little jarring but let’s be honest, who can really do without me now?…certainly not you. Plus, aren’t I so refreshing, full of love, and truth, and compassion…and joy?! A year ago who would have thought that I would be working with the President of the United States? I mean, I can talk to you and be completely frank. You listen, with a grain of salt, of course…okay, so with a few million grains of salt. And I mean, if I didn’t know any better, I might think from from time to time you’ve even taken some of my advice.
Who would have thought that we would connect over social media? I know you have touted your 100 million followers, right? Well, please don’t let that fool you anymore than my 49 followers. It’s all an illusion. You see, power does that. It creates a lot of illusions about what is real and what’s not. But the truth is, it doesn’t matter how many followers we have, we are exactly the same. For you, how many followers you have makes a difference, but for me, even if I had no followers, I would be doing exactly what I’m doing now. If I cared about the followers and likes I would have stopped a long time ago. I mean, look at my account! For me, this is about serving and sharing something that the world needs. It’s work that has been put on my heart so I plan to manifest that until there’s nothing left, regardless of the outcome. Love, compassion, and our common humanity are that important to me.
Besides, by and large, it’s not cool to follow people who openly admit to being human and actually admit their mistakes and show their humanity. I mean, who does that? That’s so lame, right? Can you believe that I (you know me being poor, and black, and a woman, and all of the many other things that people who believe they’re better than me shame me for being), can actually show endless compassion to myself and others? It’s kind of outrageous, I know. Well, all of these reasons and so many more are why you, along with everyone else, unconsciously yet intentionally selected me to be your U.S. Secretary of Rights and Privileges. My role is to ensure that all “others,” not represented in your “official” cabinet, because they are poor or in any other way deemed not worthy, have a voice. In essence, my job is to ensure that you are aware of every time you allow privilege to trump rights and equality and call you on it (albeit not in a nasty disrespectful way). The position was necessary because privilege in this country has ruled for too long and your presidency has indicated an increase in privileges for the few on the backs of those who have struggled and suffered long enough.
So just for the record some of my qualifications: I attended Howard University for my bachelors and then the University of Arizona for my master before pursuing my PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I should mention that while I advanced to candidacy I decided to pursue my interests in youth work. Now, I have many other professional accomplishments; however, I should also say that I am not a goodie two shoes. I am completely human and so there are also moments about which I am not proud (however I should note that I am also not ashamed).
Well President Trump, I look forward to our continued work together and just as a reminder: I am nobody and I am everybody…and so are you. No matter how dynamic you think you are, the fact we are all human will never change. We must remember that the degree to which individuals repeatedly depend on privilege to get what they want or need is the degree to which they pander to fear and exploit “others.” Remembering this is key to understanding my role in your cabinet.