I can see how silence adds to the distrust. Screaming loudly only polarizing the matter. There must be another way the silence or adding to the noise. A way to bring intelligent discourse to this matter. Yes, I'm gravely alarmed by what I'm hearing from my friends. And yes, I am confronting their bigotry and narrow-mindedness.
As a psychologist I know all too well how those in a paranoid mindset quickly who is "us" and who is "them." That's the level of severity this has reached. So I'm treading carefully trying change what I can where I can. This article was written for them. They are my target audience, not you.
And your final comment of your safety and right overriding my comfort? I don't even know what to do with that. Quite a jab as a way to end a thoughtful discourse. I'm not trying to be staying comfortable and certainly not at your expense. I was trying to open the door for more civil discourse, which obviously backfired based on your response.
As to figuring it out? I think it will take all of us in a room, maybe yelling at each other for awhile before we began to figure something out, but way things are going? Man, I'm scared. It's heading in a very bad direction. Very bad.