Senior Editor, @TheAtlantic email@example.com
I often get emails from Trump supporters disingenously demanding why I am not begging them to abandon lies they already know are lies. And it’s because that’s not the job. The job, as @Dahlialithwick writes, is to get to the truth as best you can.
“If communities don't give that support and respect, they might find themselves without the police protection they need," — Attorney General of the United States Bill Barr
But you sort of understand where they’re coming from. Half of the conservative writers they read went from openly acknowledging Trumpism is racism when they thought he could be beaten, to bending the knee the second he won. No wonder they expect all else to do the same.
Some people out here who think police murdering a black 12 year old with a toy gun is justified suddenly get really into forgiveness and grace when a white teen loses his chance go to Harvard.
White people insisting their European ancestors came “legally” during a period where the US had open borders and didnt even require immigrants to learn english is one of the dumbest and most harmful myths guiding our current politics.
I personally saw Ferguson police use crushing force against protesters for much less than what the Nazis in Charlottesville are doing today.