These days there are even quite a few “ordinary white people” who are worried that their outspoken “progressiveness” (aka humanness) will put them in danger. Really, short of Ivanka, I don’t know of anyone who cheetohead does not consider expendable. :-(
Yes, there is something to that sentiment indeed that creates this paradox to the patriotism, love of country, and the constitutional rights to freedom they so cherish and claim.
But beyond the irony the anxiety induced by Trumpism in the era of identity politics is a danger that pales in comparison to the unwavering one that is persistent with being a minority and an infringement on the rights of all.
I think it is important to note that to rid ourselves of this scourge we need to confront it from every angle, as Americans, not as more or less Americans. It is not enough to simply seek to quell it without delegitimizing forms of racism and bigotry as a right to free speech, or right to bear arms, or even a right period.
I am not alone as an American, nor as a member of the Black community, to be just as furious and saddened with Heather Heyer’s demise as I am about Sandra Bland’s demise. My outrage and angst does not and cannot distinguish between those two human lives, who are also Americans, and who are also women, and who also have families that grieve for their loss.
This squeamishness about the danger doesn’t necessarily make it go away it rather emboldens it.
Thanks for reading this Sherry your insight here enables me to add more depth to the conversation we all need to be rationally having.