Are we ever going to stop? Because that's all I've been seeing. That, and fear. I'm through watching the left turn into a puddle of jello. The world is about to become a deeply unsafe space. Resilience is now mandatory. It was mandatory before, but no one gave a shit, and so now no one is prepared.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
In my area, there's been some serious KKK and Swastika graffiti including right where I typically walk alone from work at night. But, I don't want pity or concern. I want anger and action. The last vestiges of my already declining interest in brittle identity-based leftism evaporated a few of weeks ago when I realized that everyone was wrong and that Trump was going to win. I've warned people that breeding delicacy was dangerous, that the position that human rights are not universal only strengthens the position of people who will deprive you of your rights. I've warned people that fairness, and justice, and goodness is a philosophy, and not a strategy. I didn't want to be right about any of it, but as I find myself going to meetings and trying organize, I realize that we've rounded off all of our sharp edges, and for what? In our zeal to talk about voices and volumes and tone we neglected our muscles and tendons and spines.
Now I will work with whoever works towards my shared objectives, but I'm not playing any more games about who has the privilege necessary to have credibility to make a unanimous decision about who gets to hold the bathroom key next. This isn't a disavowal of anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-transphobia or anti-homophobia, but it is a severe judgement of our tactics and a disdain for what I perceive to be our very sorry, very weak state due to practices that are only incidental to these important philosophies.