It's not that they're out to get you--I don't, at this point, think anyone considers other guy much, anyway. No, it's that they're afraid and, frankly, they're out to protect themselves. Everyone and everything different becomes an enemy, the other, the shadow. And now? For some reason we've lost that mystical fascination with darkness, with 'other,' with shadow.
So, yes. Embrace darkness. Sure, carry your stick.
But remember--it's for navigating rocky terrain, not for stabbing at every rustle in the undergrowth.