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What I've learned on Twitter over the last 48 hours:

We're no longer free to do what comes naturally in the wake of a tragedy - to collectively mourn the loss of the victims, and the unspeakable pain visited upon their loved ones. We can't offer our sincere condolences - our...
...thoughts and prayers - or any form of emotional support to those dealing with the tragedy.

The reason we're no longer free to exercise our natural humanity is that our overriding instinct in the wake of tragedies is to assign blame to someone or something other...
...than the demented creature who committed murder. The time gap between the shooting and a definitive understanding of the motivation of the shooter - the one we're in now - has become a dark version of a post-debate spin room, when both sides race to fill the void with their...
...version of what went down. To set the narrative. None of this has anything whatsoever to do with an otherwise natural desire to mourn the loss and comfort those involved - it's a political game, to win or lose the day. To exploit the gap and fill the vacuum with vitriol...
...sufficient to interdict and delegitimize any effort by the "other side" to express their sorrow or grief - what used to be a completely acceptable and civil response. Hashtags like #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism are employed, not to help define the tragedy, but as a provocation...
...to those who are assumed to not agree that the murder of Hispanic innocents by an avowed white supremacist is an act of terrorism committed by a white supremacist. In this case, if you're a Republican who supports immigration control - and, by extension, support Trump's...
...push to secure the border - you're assumed to be a confederate of a homicidal white supremacist on a demented mission to kill Hispanics in America. There's no room for rational thought, or reason, or nuance. It's simple: If you support immigration control, and white...
...supremacists who kill Hispanics out of hatred and demented racism also support immigration control, you're complicit in the deaths of those innocent victims. That's the message - the ultimate goal of those demanding that others "call it what it is." What they're saying is...
..."We don't believe you're not a white supremacist unless you agree with us that this is an act of white supremacist terrorism, and anyone who doesn't actively participate in this political exercise will be considered a supporter of white supremacism."

I can only speak...
...for myself, but it seems to me that those who assume Republicans who support immigration control do so out of hatred and racism are sadly, and dangerously, misinformed. While I suspect that the vast majority who believe this are willfully "misinformed," it is nonetheless...
...becoming an established trope of conventional wisdom on the Left - the if/then corollary calculation that always seems to end with, "You're a white nationalist racist." The danger is that many of us believe there are few insults more vile and despicable than to be called...
...a racist, yet it's become a casual, throwaway line in just about every argument between the Left and the Right. It means less to those throwing the word around than to those hearing it directed at them. The offense taken from such an accusation doesn't easily fade, and...
...it further erodes any semblance of civility in current and future interactions, both personal and political. Racism isn't tearing apart the country, but glibly-delivered accusations of collective racism at large ideological or geographical swaths of the country are...
...certainly pulling at the threads. Demanding non-racist, non-white supremacist fellow citizens declare their virtue by disavowing the actions of racist white supremacists is an insult, similar to comparing the work of border detention center officers to those of Nazi...
...concentration camp guards. It's an insult delivered out of ignorance & cynical political opportunism. It doesn't help anyone, or anything. This is what we're doing now - we're in the post-tragedy ignorance and cynical political opportunism cycle & it's an insult to all of us.
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