The tribalism of small minds: us versus THEM

Here’s the thing many of us liberals just don’t get:

The kids who are separated from their parents? Who are refugees coming to America to seek asylum from terrible governments? Who came here asking for our help?

Yeah, the Trump conservatives don’t care. They really don’t. Nothing we can say will change their minds. Appealing to their better nature won’t work, because they don’t have a better nature.

They see the world as black and white, and I mean that almost literally. These are not white Americans, they’re foreigners, they’re “animals”, so who cares if we’re violating basic human rights? They’re not human so it’s okay.  They’re THEM.

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So much of the Trump Administration is easily explained by the tribalism of small minds — if you’re not like us, you don’t matter.

The wall must be built to keep out THEM. It’s fine for police to shoot THEM in the back. We can take the children away because they are the children of THEM. We should demean the protesters kneeling because it’s THEM. We can’t bake cakes for THEM. We can’t allow THEM to be represented in our movies and literature.

It’s us verses THEM and we’re at war, so everything is acceptable, even lying, because who cares if we’re lying about THEM?

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