Horses, Not Zebras

“‘If you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras,’ Mom liked to say, drawing from her wisdom as an emergency-room nurse that cautioned against wild medical diagnoses…

But I wonder — in our walling off what we can talk about and what we cannot, in our work to accept each other despite our conflicting views of the world and how to live in it, in deciding who we talk to and who we write off — how can we move forward together and fast enough to heal ourselves, our communities, this planet? Because that is what we are losing in the fractures.”

-Anjoli Roy, “My Brown Dad Voted For Trump.” LongReads.com, November 2019.