Writing about the bomb threats to Jewish community centers was made me realize that the hate hammer falls in certain ways. People who look different than we do are the easiest targets, hence bigotry against people of color in a melanin-impaired society. Those wandering through, including the Romani and the Jews, have also been harried quite a bit. That certainly includes, in the United States, the many immigrants and aliens who look different. Men who love men and women who love women might look like other neighbors and maybe even grown up here, but they’re just not like us. I believe that crimes against Pagans are only less common because we are, and because the number of us who allow our religion to publicly define us is far, far fewer still.
Centuries of moving toward tolerance and acceptance and we still fear the other. Tribalism exists in all humanity, and seems to be triggered not just by fear, but by fear triggered in larger groups. As I observed to a friends recently, we tend to best express our worst attributes when we gather in big numbers. Looting, pillaging, war, oppression; these thrive in the mob. In groups we see how little evolution has touched our deepest selves, no matter how much work we have each made individually.
To me, this is just one more argument for depopulation on a massive scale. We do not yet know how to stop hate, and the best interim solution is more space between us.