The Polarizing Rhetoric of the Left is Scary
Emma Lindsay

Emma, I appreciated this article. I understand exactly what you are saying. I have family who gleefully texted me when Trump “won” and I know these people are not evil. I am also 69 years old, worked in civil rights, protested the Viet Nam war, and generally tried to educate people in America about people who aren’t white. I’m pretty sure the rise of white supremacists has nothing to do with my work in civil rights or my marriage to a Native American. I respect your opinion, but I think you are one of the people I had to deal with during The Movement. People who believed that if colored people just kept being nice and kept bowing to the whites it would all work itself out. Then 4 little girls were murdered and intelligent, thinking people realized that patting Negros on the hand and telling them you sympathized just didn’t cut it. That white Southerns were not genteel, kind-hearted folk who just needed to be educated about the practical value of equality and civil rights. They actually were hate-filled racists who thought nothing of murdering children attending Sunday School. I refuse to stoop to “understanding” the actions of racists or rapists. Everyone in the world has a story. Hitler had a story. He was still an evil person and it is very good that he isn’t with us anymore. CEO’s who make 600 times more than the people they employ are evil. You may meet them in a social setting and find them to be quite charming. Read a little about Hitler and you discover there were people who found him charming. Ted Bundy got married before he was executed! People who believe women are unable to make decisions about their own bodies are evil. People who believe that murdering 12 year old black kids in parks is justified are evil. People who refuse to admit that African-Americans (and virtually any other group of people with brown skin) are treated differently than Anglo-Saxon Americans are evil. There are ways in which evil people can become redeemable, but accepting that they just can’t help being evil is not the way I chose to live my life. (Or pretending that they aren’t evil.) There is not a person living right now who can’t watch “Jonestown” so as to educate themselves about the danger of religious leaders who lie and mislead. Sorry, Emma. You are a good person and I truly do understand your desire to bring diverse sides together. But I will always believe that had we acted in the 50’s and 60’s by ridding society of the Klan and the other racist entities we would not be in the situation we are in today. Love simply does not conquer all! And making excuses for people who want to take us back to the dark ages is not going to solve the issue of my country slowly slipping into the dark ages!

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