You have probably heard that a black protestor being escorted out of a Trump rally was punched by a Trump supporter.
I had a person of a certain visual appearance look at me just a little too long when I walked out of [a public service environment] today.
So I've been wondering.....
What proportion of your life, would you say, requires you to be ready to go when in public?
Now this may be mostly for the men, I don't know. The closest I assume that it comes in most of my female readers' experiences is the threat of a sexual attack in off hours in poorly populated areas.
How often do you think, "I might have to beat the shit out of this fucker right here, right now."?
Or, if you are of a slightly different personality than me, "I need to figure out how I'm getting the fuck out of here without injury, asap".
How often are you the stranger? The other? The person who looks, acts, appears...is assumed to be, the kind of person who some asshole, like these Trump supporters, feels perfectly willing to attack?
A few times ever? That one year you had to move to a new High School?
Occasionally, but mostly when you visit a certain kind of bar? or attend a certain kind of music concert?
Is it a part of you misbegotten early adulthood and you've moved past that?
Or is it a monthly or weekly sensation*, right up to this very day?
How does this affect the way you view the hatred that spews out of the mouth of right wing politicos and their more objectionable supporters?
*I sat for five minutes wondering if I should make this a main part of the post or let it emerge in the comments. I'm torn. So let's just include it: Does it matter whether you've ever actually had to defend yourself from some jacknut like the Trump fan in the video? Is the frequency of actual attack relevant to how you should feel? or do feel? Is it relevant to how other well-meaning people ("voters") around you should credit your experiences?