The USA not at a turning point, writes Karl Seigfried – it has been on the wrong path for years. But there are steps to take to rescue it from its present mire of racism and violence: choosing diversity over inclusion; bringing an end to violent threats; and, at the last, simply choosing to care for one another.
A few years ago, I was visiting a Pagan event, which will remain nameless. The event was well-patronized and filled with participants from all sectors of our community writ large. It was organized by an amazingly competent team who were sensitive and caring. There were carefully prepared spaces that I am sure you have heard of, red tents to male mysteries. I visited one of these, the Pagans of Color safe zone, and was asked to leave; I was told the space was not meant for “straight white dudes.” (I am gay and multiracial, and while I have in rare cases been called a “dude,” it is not in any top ten list of nouns for me.) So I left.