Throughout history there have been thousands of wars. It's hard to conceive of war taking place on North American soil, civil or otherwise, but it could happen. This is how it starts. The lines are drawn, people form groups, and people perceive other groups as threats to their own. Identity politics has created a victim story for every group of people except straight able bodied white males, who happen to be the most powerful group in terms of wealth and status overall. Black lives matter, gender bathrooms, reparations, everyone has a victim story, except white guys. White males feel unloved. They feel unacknowledged, both for their successes and their failures. Rather than create their own victim story and feeling sad, instead white males turn to nationalism as a way to take everyone else's identity and victim stories away. White guys are saying, "You're not black, I don't see black, you're American." "I don't care if you're gay or straight, use the men's room." By replacing all identities with one identity, white males believe they are bringing everyone together, unifying people, ending racism and other prejudices. In response, other people who perceive to have suffered racism and who acknowledge that racism and other forms of discrimination still exist, feel unloved by the status quo. They feel unacknowledged. They feel the cards are stacked against them to benefit those on top, who mostly look like white males. Black Lives Matter is a direct result of these feelings. This is where the vortex begins: identity politics leads white males to nationalism, which leads non-white males to identity politics. In order to break the cycle, we all need to empathize with each other and understand why we each feel the way we do. We need to love each other for who we are. We need to feel each other's pain and share each other's success. As the most powerful group, it's on white males to make the first move. Only by first empathizing and putting your head in the other person's mind can you then come together and bring another person into your own.