Friendship in the Age of Trump

A VIEW FROM THE LEDGE (Or, Brother can you spare an acorn?)

This is a reprint of a Ledge from Feb. of 2017. It seemed appropriate at this time in our history. Obviously it is pre-Covid 19. Although it is not before the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement it is considerably before it’s large embrace by a more significant portion of the population. The more things change, the more things stay the same and in these times that is so much more unfortunate. 

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understandmore, so that we may fear less” (Marie Curie)

We make exceptions for our friends.  Between cringes we convince ourselves that their misogynistic, racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic jokes were careless slips of the tongue, tasteless attempts at humor, and flippant stabs at satire. Why do we make these excuses? Embarrassment or the worrisome possibility that we innately hold…

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