As the fever pitch of “other” ramps up, it may serve us to take a step back and take a look at what it is we are reacting to in this “otherness”.
One might assume I was referring to the “other” that 45 and his people want out. But as I was writing, it occurred to me that 45 et al have become another “other” themselves.
While listening to NPR the other day, a group of Trump supporters were discussing the fact that the other side can’t seem to get beyond name-calling. Hmmmph. Guilty here, I must admit. Terms like racist, misogynist, homophobic, and on...
It seems that the fear-mongering is not completely one-sided. It’s one thing to say that comments seemed homophobic or racist. It is another to call a person by those names. The labeling of the other makes them “other”. It pushes them away. Creates distance. Frankly, it creates walls.
If we look beyond the comments at the fear that creates them, hopefully we can see the human beings inside. Just as we are requiring they do.
Finger pointing never works. In my experience there are always three fingers pointing back.