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. If we are just waiting for people to die off and hopefully not spread their vitriol before they do so, we will be waiting a long time, a long time during which we will be spreading our own vitriol. It doesn't sound like progress.
The SPLC high estimate is 8,000 members. To put that in context for a country of almost 326 million people, that works out to 0.0032% of the adult population.
I know in many cases a real conversation is impossible. But I'm suggesting that the way we approach the conversation is observed by many on the sidelines and it turns them off. My sibling's in-laws voted for Trump and are from the south (and we happen to be different ethnicities). I like them; they are good people and I will defend them fully, even though I don't agree with their choice for president. I don't like talking politics with them, but I want to understand them. How do I reconcile that with some colleagues and friends that I mostly agree with, but who instantly refer to those that support Trump as racists or enablers of racists? Is that how I should broach the topic with them?