I recently read The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff. It amazed me the amount of information she was able to dig up. She dug up what we would think was unimportant facts on the “afflicted”, the “accused” and the interrogators.
What stuck with me was that she found most of the “accused” were involved in a dispute – either past or present – with the Putnams, the house the “afflicted” lived in, and the Parris household where the reigning minister lived. The first few “accused” were public nuisances, women of questionable character that were bitter because they were destitute due to divorce or being widowed. The ones accused after those first few were involved in the disputes. From there it escalated into a hysteria where if you looked at someone wrong or didn’t agree with the masses the “afflicted” girls would name you as a witch the following day. They used it as an excuse to get rid of the people that caused the most problems in the community.
After reading this account of the Salem Witch Trials, I can’t help but notice a correlation between then and what is going on with the Transgender population today. We are suffering from our own modern-day witch hunt boys and girls.
The fanatics are causing their own hysteria with the “pervert” propaganda. They dredge up reports of men going into the women’s restroom to attack or take pictures of girls and pass them off as if they happened recently, when in truth they happened 3 years ago (and farther back). This is well before the issue reared its ugly head, but people take the bait and regurgitate the reports. Now people are seeing “perverts” everywhere they go.
Every generation in America has had a fanatical hysteria linked to it. In the 1960’s and 1970’s it was a combination of African-Americans and Hippies. In the 1980’s and 1990’s it was Communists (I still remember the monthly air-raid siren tests at the municipal airport) and LBG population (no T yet). Now its a combination of Terrorists and Transgenders (with Transgenders beating out the Terrorists). These are just the ones off the top of my head.
This country lives for having some “demon” to rally against. How about we rally against homelessness and hunger? How about we rally against rising housing costs (which contributes to homelessness and hunger)?
The reason we don’t is because the fanatics don’t think these things affect them. These are ‘ideas’ not tangible things that can walk in behind you at your local Target.
I could care less what equipment you have under your dress or in your pants. It is none of my damn business and it shouldn’t be anyone else’s business either.
Can’t we all just pee in peace?