Writer, minister, and activist John Pavlovitz has become an increasingly familiar voice in America and his most popular talking points are constantly handed to him by the president himself. Most recently, we are certainly hearing a lot from President Trump on the topic of “border walls”. Pavlovitz penned a poignant message about this very thing on his popular blog “Stuff That Needs To Be Said”.
Pavlovitz starts with reminding people that Mr. Trump spends a good deal of his time (and tweets) telling the American people just how afraid we should be on any given day of the “very bad” people among us, that Trump wants us to be wary of people walking in our midst, threatening our safe and secure life. Of course, WE know who Trump wants us to fear, but Pavlovitz sees a different side.
He suggests that the people we should fear are NOT the ones the President so frequently and loudly tells us we should. Pavlovitz suggests that we need to take a closer look at the kind of emboldened, bitter, and angry threats that are ALREADY here in so many people we encounter everyday.
After describing a hateful run-in with a man erratically driving a car which also happened to be sporting “Fight Crime: Shoot Back” and “No Liberals” bumper stickers, Pavlovitz observed, “I’m never uneasy about Muslims or undocumented people or immigrant families passing me on the street. No, it’s pissed-off, entitled, gun-toting, professed Christian white people like our traffic partner who truly terrify me.”.
They’re the ones pulling the triggers in most of our mass shootings.John Pavolovitz
They’re the ones accosting strangers because of their sexuality or skin color.
They’re the ones trolling teenage shooting survivors.
They’re the ones espousing the most toxic religion.
They’re the ones carrying torches through cities and ramming people with cars.
They’re the ones most often using excessive force behind badges.
They’re the ones feeling they now have license to say anything they’d like.
They’re the ones calling the cops on black men sitting in coffee shops.
They’re the ones who believe America is their sole property and birthright.
They’re the ones most emboldened by this President in whom they’ve found a kindred spirit.
Pavlovitz says what many of us are thinking: that the toxic mentality of too many vitriolic individuals is spreading throughout our country and is a much more REAL and IMMEDIATE danger than any made up, dramatized ghost living under your bed – a ghost that the President would have us ALL believe is brown skinned and coming for your family.
Pavlovitz calls BS on the type of fear mongering of which the President is such a master. But he DOES list the things that scare him: “I am fully terrified by racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and all the other supremacy sicknesses being cultivated right now in the hearts of white Americans, by a fraudulent leader who knows that is his only play.”.
Pavlovitz ends by saying that he will agree with Trump on this much- America IS in danger. But he argues that the danger isn’t crossing the border- it is already here. He ends by calling us to action, saying
“Yes, we who live and make our homes here, those who represent the beautiful, radiant diversity of this country need to resist the violence asserting itself right now. We need to condemn the language and the people and the systems that incubate and protect this kind of hatred.The real threat to our nation’s safety is an inside job.”John Pavlovitiz