A Lauren Boebert Christmas

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In “Souls of Black Folk,” W.E.B. DuBois wrote of black people experiencing an unanswered question of “how does it feel to be a problem” as hanging between them and “the world.” Whether that question continues to plague black people or not, I’ve long since started thinking more of white conservatives in these terms–as a problem, burden, danger, or (harking back to Gunnar Myrdal) a dilemma to American society. My view is that reveling in that sense of being ominous underlies Lauren Boebert’s gun-toting Christmas message. There’s too many white conservatives to ignore and too many white conservatives to have any sense of ease about our society.