Classic tribalism, classic othering.

They are not us. Because they are not us, we do not owe them compassion. We will save our compassion for our families, our tribes, our society.

This is the sentiment that Trump and other nationalists pander to.

This is the sentiment that we human beings are supposed to transcend as we learn to stop fearing differences between ourselves and to celebrate our diversity and common humanity.

Right-wing populism is always about preserving privilege and withholding compassion from the other.

Watching it live and in action like this is so disheartening.

This is what we unleashed when we allowed Trump to be elected. The majority of people of good will and decency in the United States must come together and end this.

Before the cancer grows too large to be excised.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store