I waited until the last possible moment to write this letter. I have been a little depressed.
Just weeks ago, we elected reality television as our president. A year of offenses normally fatal to any candidate — personal attacks, conspiracy theories, evasiveness, accusations of assault, hoaxes, and lies — seemed to vaporize as if they were shot into another dimension, leaving me to wonder if we are indeed trapped inside an Earth-sized television set we can’t see our way out of. Off in another solar system, our parallel selves are watching and face-palming.
What has been hardest for me to witness, though, is not Donald Trump’s win, but what it left when the tsunami pulled back: white nationalists empowered, Jewish journalists facing death threats, upticks in attacks, and — worst of all — the fact that many people are in pure denial that anything is wrong with this, even defensive of what is happening, with their own set of ersatz sources to back up their convictions.
This morning, the president of SagaCity Media gave a speech to the company in which she reinforced that our publications will remain committed to diversity, even when that value appears to be under attack. At Jewish in Seattle, we will continue to strive to tell stories that resonate with our pluralistic community. Thankfully, our history as the Jewish people is bigger than this moment in time. As the darkest hours of winter set in, there will at least be one thing we can all agree on. That thing is doughnuts.
Emily K. Alhadeff
P.S. Some good news: Jewish in Seattle received an honorable mention Ozzie Award for best design of a new custom magazine in the national Folio competition!