My Futile Attempt to Build a Bridge

and what it taught me about the current mindset of conservative white men

It seemed like a small, simple thing I could do. I sent an email message to the members of a county council. (Names withheld, not because I don’t want to call this guy out — I very much do — but because it doesn’t matter. There are 63 million more just like him and the point of this piece is to call out their collective BS, not to vilify any particular one of them.) My email urged them to remove a Confederate soldier statue from the county courthouse grounds, this being the apparent aim of a…