Just like Donald Trump’s position as the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States highlights the dangers of American anti-intellectualism at a key point in democratic functioning, the self-righteous protesters in the photograph above underscore the perils of anti-intellectualism in everyday life. The sheer obduracy of these narrow-minded zealots, who have confused passionate advocacy and reasonable dissent, means that there is only one doctor in Huntsville, Alabama with the ability to address the holistic medical needs of women there. The op-doc never mentions Planned Parenthood, Hillary Clinton, Women’s Rights, or Sandra Fluke in its focus on Dr. Yashica Robinson’s one woman bid to provide comprehensive medical care for women in Huntsville, which is only one of the reasons I find what is being called a “historic moment” for women and girls more pedestrian than phenomenal. Dr. Robinson wakes up every day with her personal security threatened, her freedom imperiled, her livelihood jeopardized, her personhood mocked, and her abilities maligned just so women in Huntsville have access to medical care.
Homegrown terrorism looks like what Omar Mateen did in shooting up a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida; what Dylan Roof did one-year ago today in shooting up a church in South Carolina. Homegrown terrorism is also what those anti-intellectual protestors are doing to Yashica Robinson in Huntsville, Alabama. In the United States, terrorism isn’t just an event, it is a daily practice.