This has become the all-purpose excuse for any action, under the delusional idea that freedom in America means that you have the right to do and say anything to anyone and not face any repercussions. This was again on display at the Dallas airport when one person launched a completely unprovoked verbal attack on another traveler who happened to be wearing a pink shirt. When another traveler asked him what he was so upset about, the man replied that it was all about “queers”.
But when he suddenly kicked the man in the pink shirt, to their credit the other people around immediately jumped on him and subdued him and the police arrested him. When the police officer, who happened to be black, asked the man why he started the fight, he replied, “You want me to tell you the reason why I did it? Because this is America, that’s why. The same reason you get to live to breathe to walk black.”
You can watch video of the whole thing taken by a bystander.
The man’s comment in this context that “This is America” is revealing. For many people, ‘America’ as a concept is not that of a pluralistic nation made up of diverse people. Instead it is a white, heterosexual, Christian entity and those who do not fit that mold are interlopers to be tolerated at best, and kept out at worst.
As the numbers who fit the bill of being ‘real Americans’ shrinks, one can expect elements of them to grow more belligerent and violent and irrational because that is the usual response of privileged groups when they become fearful that the world is slipping out of their control.