TW: This story involves graphic imagery.
I moved out of Orange County, California nearly two years ago. I don’t miss it. At all. And, on days like today, I am ever grateful that I got out of there when I did.
Most people who know me know that I worked “for the Mouse” for five years. This means I worked at Disneyland.
I didn’t sell pretzels or ice cream. I wasn’t a character in a parade. I worked behind the scenes, what they call “backstage.” I have chronicled very publicly my experiences with racism and misogynoir there. Also, I, like many other people, have been critical of the economic disparity and racist frameworks on which Disneyland thrives. So, hearing about a violent Ku Klux Klan rally at a local park no more than 10 minutes away from my old place of employment was of absolutely no surprise to me.