Jenni — thanks for writing this. Very powerful, and frightening. I am just returning now from 12 days in Egypt, where my colleagues are asking how can this happen in America. I have an answer for them, but at the same time have no answer.
In the bitter irony department, I could not read your important piece while I was there: Egypt has blocked access to Medium across the country (along with Al Jazeera and many other sites) because of the use of Medium for anti-government posts. With recent news of the Justice Department seeking records from DreamHost of visitors to anti-Trump web sites, I will not take for granted your ability to write and publish, and all of our rights to read it.
Whether it will continue that way, however, is one of the many things we now must be afraid of….