Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, writing for the New Yorker, urges that now is the time to “burn false equivalencies forever” and “refuse the blurring of memory.” We agree. It takes an effort of will–especially if you not a member of white nationalism’s targeted groups–to not slide into the path of least resistance, try to distract yourself, normalize your world somehow in the wake of a clear and present threat to the way you may have thought about your country and its citizens. Adichie cautions:
Now is the time to resist the slightest extension in the boundaries of what is right and just. Now is the time to speak up and to wear as a badge of honor the opprobrium of bigots. Now is the time to confront the weak core at the heart of America’s addiction to optimism; it allows too little room for resilience, and too much for fragility. Hazy visions of “healing” and “not becoming the hate we hate” sound dangerously like appeasement. The responsibility to forge unity belongs not to the denigrated but to the denigrators. The premise for empathy has to be equal humanity; it is an injustice to demand that the maligned identify with those who question their humanity.
Give no quarter to bigotry. There is no healing from this cancer until we cut it out from its roots. And even then, we will still have to live with the scars.