We are not the products of a simple equation, the sum of our groups. We are not defined by the color of our skin, by our sexual preferences, or by the combinations thereof. They are part of us, but they are not all of us.
When people begin to assume the worst of any given outgroup – the rate of which is increasing between today’s political tribes – that group becomes subject to attacks by the ingroup. Its members are often perceived as vile or sub-human. This designation can be used to justify even the most horrific acts against them. It is the catalyst which turns passionate hate to violent action. And it has.