San Diego City Hall. While many of us take our democracy for granted, no one can be free when it is being dismantled. Smith is an author who lives in Rancho Santa Fe. These days, there’s a lot of contentious conversation about individual freedoms, including the choice not to wear a mask or get vaccinated during a global pandemic that has killed more than three-quarters of a million Americans. The anti-vaxxers would rather risk infecting strangers, friends and loved ones with a deadly virus than allow everyone else the freedom to live virus-free. Concurrently, conspiracy theories abound, like the “ Great Replacement Theory ,” which promulgates a fear some White people have about becoming outnumbered by people of color. We provide this platform for community commentary free of charge. Thank you to all the Union-Tribune subscribers whose support makes our journalism possible. If you are not a subscriber, please consider becoming one today. What is this fear all about? African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans have been and continue to be outnumbered by White people, yet their political representatives aren’t invested in disenfranchising their citizens through gerrymandering. Nor are they fomenting a violent insurrection to overturn our democratic presidential election. People of color have never been so privileged that they would attempt en masse to violently overthrow our government. We all know what would have happened to them on Jan. 6 had they tried. While many of us take our democracy for granted, how can any […]
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