Some call it the climate of fear but we’re all concerned – Only 19 weeks into the year – America has already seen 198 mass shootings.
There’s a reason I haven’t been back in over a decade. And many decades before, in the early 90’s I directed drag shows, I even opened for Ru Paul, back in the day when I was ‘cutting edge‘ so they said. I interviewed some of the best drag artists in Seattle and San Francisco and chose 6 and put them in a show I wrote and directed a show called “Talking TV”; they were incredible and the show was fantastic. Then I moved on to recruiting techies, back in the day when they were considered ‘fringe’.
But back to the drag show. Two of the artists I hired happened to be black and after rehearsal, late one night, I was driving one of them home. I’ve no idea what I said, but I’ll never forget Paul response, “Bailey, honey, you’ve no idea what’s it’s like to be black and gay”.
No, I did not.
We are told these mass shooters are often racist, very frustrated and fearful their gun rights will be taken away. So they say. I’m sure you can break down their grievances in many ways.
Now fast forward and move over to where I live now. Living in Italy I still can’t believe I can walk into a pharmacy and get my prescription filled for free; growing up in America I think this will always be hard to believe. I walk into the pharmacy, they find what I need and I don’t pay a euro. It’s really a strange feeling.
I think Americans feel vulnerable, I think they feel a great deal of fear for many reasons. They don’t have free health care and that terrifies them, the annual amount increasing each year.
What’s terrifying to the rest of us, is the fact more than half are self-medicated on something, (forget the booze, that’s another issue), they are self-medicating on some sort of drug, because they feel that’s their only remedy.
Gore Vidal, yes, always Gore Vidal, spoke about their rights being taken away for decades. It’s understandable this fear, it’s truly a concern, this culture of fear. It’s also understandable to assume America is simply too big to contain itself.