In an excerpt from the New York Times, perhaps the real reason for the behavior of the right wing is illustrated – fear.
In those parts of the country where change has advanced the furthest, people speak often about “diversity” and “multiculturalism” and “inclusion,” and they think of themselves as speaking about a great joining: the formerly marginal coming up onstage with those who were once dominant.
Yet there is some evidence that a sizable number of white men see the push toward diversity, along with the larger changes it telegraphs, as less about joining and more about replacement, and a country that is less hospitable to them.
That sentiment is perhaps expressed in a quote widely circulated online in these discussions, though the origin is unknown:
“When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.”
It is certain that not only white males feel this way, so there are enough folks who really don’t want progress to pose a problem. Progress will happen, one way or another, but if right wing folks have the upper hand, it will be delayed, perhaps with disastrous consequences. With the specter of oppression looming before them, they will fight tooth and nail against progress, because they simply cannot envision sharing. This is a sad and impoverished view, but many people have it.
Part of our work for change must include contemplative practice, as that shows us that Oneness is real, and that peace, both personal and world peace, result from this practice and belief. We must persevere in our work for change and our example of contemplation. In the end, we shall prevail, even if it is a long time coming.
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