Y’all might have seen this one erupt over the weekend. Twitter was afire, and I swear, I think the left used this like Heather Ledger used Diazepam to take the edge off coming down from Oxycodone. You know, what with the Mueller deflation and all.
This is a scene which is repeated over and over in recent years. It’s so formulaic it’s almost like a recipe now. It starts like this:
- White people (WP) are somewhere existing.
- A member of an aggrieved demographic (MAD) is existing nearby.
- Said MAD is so married to the narrative of oppression running wild through their mind that they perceive said WP existing as an act of oppression.
- MAD gets aggressively confrontational.
- When WP are not provoked immediately, a sacred symbol comes under attack.
This story is American-squared, because the MAD wasn’t even perceiving himself to be oppressed–he perceived another MAD, of a completely different category, was being oppressed, when really they were just being assholes. So he thought he’d walk his prayer party over right into the middle of it and beat his drum right up in a 16 year old boy’s face. That’s a real man for you. A Marine, no less. The fact that he was Native American AND a veteran Marine was pumped up over and over again by people who usually are busying themselves with the taunting of troops. Then it all started to get debunked as longer videos showing the totality of circumstances became available.
Here’s the real story, though: Both these MADs and the largely white, verified allies they have on Twitter were all triggered by the presence of so many MAGA hats. That’s it. Their reactions, both on the scene and on Twitter, was not unlike the followers of ISIS. I’m not sure what’s wrong with the mind that can be triggered by an inanimate object, but I know it exists and that unchecked, it will increasingly escalate behavior.
I think our response has to be #NationalWearYourMAGAHatDay. I’ve got mine ready. Place your bets for planning dates in comments! This is an open thread.