Your reply is so much better than your original post: thanks for actually understanding what I was saying rather than just classifying me as “enemy” and going on the attack. When you say “I thought I was being “a good guy” and yet my words were met with unexpected reactions that made me think about my stance in a different way,” that just goes to show what a minefield political correctness has made of the current political and social environment. Everything that well-meaning people do and say is analysed for any way in which it can be taken as offensive to someone, and then over-reacted to. It is stifling debate and making enemies of people who actually have common ground, in that no-mans-land between the extreme views of the factions. No-one has any time for compromise and consensus anymore, and I think that is a shame: good people on both Left and Right should acknowledge that there are good people on the other side, and that disagreement on policy does not imply that the other side is necessarily evil.
We have at present about 2000 white Supremacist in the whole United States and at least the same number of Antifa thugs fighting Fascism in a very Fascist way. Both are tiny groups of fanatics: why do we frame the conversation on their terms?