You don't know Zoe, but I can assure you that she is one of the sweetest, most delightful young women you will ever meet. The thought of a delusional maniac like James Alex Fields causing her harm causes me physical pain.
But it could happen.
After many events, both large and small I tend to imagine how my reaction would be tempered if those events occurred within my circle of friends and family.
I frequently wonder how Zoe's mother reconciles the things Donald Trump does and says with the impact they could have on her own children.
Zoe's mother, who we'll call Billie is also a very sweet lady. When I first met her some 20 odd years ago, I thought she was the sweetest woman I had ever met.
For reasons that completely escape this writer, Billie is an ardent Trump supporter. If I didn't know her, I would lump her into the basket of deplorables, but in all other respects, she's a pretty nice lady.
When the tape of Trump's famous pussy grabbing incident came out, I was positive that Billie would be done with Trump. Inexplicably, that is just not the way it works with these people. The worse he gets, the more they dig in their heels.
Zoe went to school in Dallas, Texas and I recently saw her at an outdoor festival in the River North district of Chicago. It was the kind of place a hate-filled, twisted Nazi like James Alex Fields could have gone berserk with an AK-47.
Fortunately, that did not happen.
What if Zoe was going to school in Charlottesville, Virginia? She could've been hanging out with a friend at what was widely reported as a peaceful protest or she could have been walking by on her way to Starbucks. She could have been in Heather Heyer's place for any number of reasons.
James Alex Fields wasn't aiming a precision weapon. He plowed his car into a group of people without regard for the consequences. He was probably disappointed that only one person died.
But what if that person was Zoe?
I can't help wondering if Billie would still be on board with Donald J. Trump's sympathizer version of there being blame on "both sides."
On what side was Heather Heyer?
Heather seemed to stand for equality among all people, for peace and for love. Seems very Christian to me, something any mother would be proud of, just as Billie is proud of her daughter, Zoe.
Astonishingly, Heyer's mother, Susan Bro called for love, not hate. She prayed that her daughter's life would come to mean something.
Which part of the blame do we assign to Heather Heyer? Which part of the blame would Billie assign to Zoe, if she were in Susan Bro's place?
As Heather famously posted on her Facebook page, "“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”
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