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Evolution has hardwired us so that threats go right to the top of our mental in-boxes. So, if 99 purple people walk peacefully by me but the 100th punches me in the nose, that 100th purple person is going to make a much bigger impression on me, both literally and figuratively, than did the other 99.
- When I see the 101st purple person and alarm bells go off, that doesn’t mean I’m a bigot, it means I’m human.
- The one purple guy who punched me didn’t hurt only me, he hurt the peaceful 99 purple people as well.
- If purple people are significantly more likely to attack police officers, police officers are less likely to give purple people the benefit of the doubt. Cops are human, too.
- No matter how few unarmed purple people are hurt or killed by police officers every year, those incidents will loom large in the minds of other purple people.
- Derek Chauvin didn’t just kill George Floyd, he hurt every police officer in America. He made their jobs harder and he put their lives more at risk.
- Derek Chauvin also hurt every black American who is now afraid to turn to the police when they are in danger.
- The police officers who are assaulting journalists and peaceful protesters are giving citizens more reasons to fear and hate other police officers.
- The rioters and looters are giving other Americans reasons to fear and hate people who look like them.
- At the very least, I can decide not to pass the hatred on. I can decide not to be the reason why others hate and fear people who look like me.