Our political convictions have endured because we have seen the same oppressive dynamics played out over and over and over again. Every gain we have ever made has been based on strategies developed from the predictability of repression. Defending those gains would be impossible if we were surprised by each new form of the same, historic, relentless attack. We don’t have to figure out and agree on what to do each time. We have learned to anticipate, predict, and sometimes even prevent such attacks.
That is how the true Left tradition developed, and why certain standards prevail.
We do not have to like or even know someone to understand that when he is attacked in specific ways, in specific political contexts, we must immediately respond as if we are all being attacked – because we are. Any one of us could be next.
If we have privilege, we are obliged to use it to protect those who do not, even if this…