Two things struck me while I was reading the news this evening (everything from Fox to Vox):

Today Trump said “It is a very scary time for young men in America, when you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of.” Let’s try to forget, for a moment, his nails-on-a-chalkboard style of babbling, and focus on the statement itself.

I shall assume that Trump was referring to young white men in America because it has always been a terrifying time for young black men. So…white males. In that he was alluding to Judge Kavanaugh, we can extrapolate that his comment spoke to privileged and empowered white males – the so-called “elite” that are the target of Trumpites’ ire.

Apparently, it is scary, very scary, to be a pale-skinned, wealthy, youthful possessor of a penis in these here United States. Interesting.

Meanwhile, a recently released report from the Missouri State Auditor informs us that Missouri can’t account for about 1,200 sex offenders who are required to register with law enforcement in the state. “Those unaccounted for include about 800 sex offenders considered to be the most dangerous: people convicted of rape, sodomy or child molestation in the first or second degree.” And Missouri isn’t alone in this. State after state report that they’ve managed to lose track of thousands of sex offenders. Women and children are, of course, most vulnerable to attacks.

But hey … it is a very scary time for young men in America.

1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. 9 out of 10 rape victims are female.

But it is a very scary time for young men in America.

Child Protective Services agencies estimate that 63,000 children a year are victims of sexual abuse. The perpetrators of the crimes are, by an overwhelming majority, male. (57% white)

But it is a very scary time for young men in America.

And we won’t even go into how “scary” it is for immigrant parents who are seeking asylum only to have their children torn from them and “misplaced” in your administration’s hellish “system.” Or how “scary” it is for young black men who risk being gunned down in the street if they walk in a white neighbourhood … or sit in their own apartments.

How about a single mother in an inner-city? Or someone who can’t afford healthcare or a parent who doesn’t have access to a decent school for their child or an elderly woman facing a lonely and economically-uncertain future or a town on the edge of a toxic coal-ash dump? Is this country not more frightening for them than it is for the eternal frat-boy, wallet-whipping, BSDs that you’re so worried about, Donald? Are the subjects of your concern afraid when they walk down the street, cross a parking lot at night, deal with a leering boss, try to placate a drunken and abusive spouse etc.?

But we agree on one thing: This is a very scary time in America. In fact, it’s downright terrifying.

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Alex Kearns

Alex Kearns

Alex writes for a variety of national and international publications. A relative newcomer to the United States, she co-founded her town's first environmental organization (The St. Marys EarthKeepers, Inc.). In turns bemused, confused, entranced, frustrated and delighted, she enjoys unravelling the eternal enigma that is the Deep South.