Five years ago today, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a Tesla. I took possession in late July and, until a few months back, sent a good portion of my paycheck to Elon Musk each month. Which meant something different in 2017 than it does in 2022.
For reasons that I don’t entirely understand, Musk has, in more recent times, aligned himself with the fringe right wing. He has recently announced his intentions to purchase Twitter, promising “free speech”, which the right wing has taken to mean it will be open season on any minority or marginalized group. Persons who have been previously banned for their bad behavior on the platform are expected to see their accounts restored.
Two weekends ago, I was pulling into the parking lot at Guaranteed Rate Field and there was someone in the car parking next to me who seemed very excited by my car. I’ve had people comment on it in the past, because they are still somewhat rare, but never to this level. I acknowledged his interest with a head nod, existed the car, and started walking towards the stadium. Which is when it occurred to me: maybe he wasn’t excited by the car itself, but what Tesla, and Elon Musk, now means to him. And does that meaning include attacking minorities and marginalized groups? Suddenly, it may not be such an exciting time.