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Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

So stating a plea that stems from shared experience in this open letter is a left rant? How would you prefer they state it? Calling out intolerance is not intolerance. Sorry. Bigotry of bigotry is not an attack on diversity of thought. It's the same thought over and over across history. It's not diverse. It's one color that repeats itself over and over, striving to wash out any color that challenges it's power and brightness. You are correct it is intolerance of bigotry and intolerance. Intolerance of intolerance= Tolerance.

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Posted by Jeffrey K. Miller on 02/22/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

Kayt. You start your first comment with several blanket statements. You placed all those that believe differently than you do as guilty of being judgmental. Isn't this the same thing you are arguing against? Isn't your Complaint that all liberals have labeled others with different beliefs as prejudice or racist? Are you not doing the same thing? You group thousands of college educators, including conservative Christian colleges as all having one belief system and forcing it upon students. Again is this not what you are arguing against? I would remind you that the right wing media and supporters have been comparing Obama to Hitler for years for his "socialism" and comparing him to Terrorists and the "founder of Isis". Is this not the same thing you are arguing against? "Who lives in the real world". Are you implying that those that disagree with you don't live in the real world? Is this not the same intolerance, and assumption you are arguing against? "Skewing studies and news"? So if you don't agree with it, it must not be true? You are making assumptions based on opinion of a vast variety of researchers and journalists. Is this not the same thing you are arguing against?

Common sense tells us that cutting taxes doesn't help our deficit. Common sense tells us that all people deserve equal chance at Healthcare to live and goods and services to survive. Common sense tells us a man like Donald Trump is not a leader that can handle the most powerful position in the world. Common sense tells us that a man who says "grab them by the pussy" has probably done just that. Common sense tells us that those that can believe in this type of leader, don't have all Americans on their mind. Common sense tells us that someone that can ignore his blatant hateful rhetoric may think they have nothing to lose by its message. Common sense tells us through these combined that a vote for this man is in support and ignores systemic oppression by a dominant race and religion.

"Sponsor terrorism" The people in these seven countries do not sponsor terrorism anymore than you sponsor terrorism as a Christian American. You are more likely to die from a far-right terrorist than one from any of these nations. Is it about terrorism? Or is it a blanket attempt to discriminate based on religion under the guise of "territories"? Take a look at the Rudy and Trump interview where they discuss their plan to focus on territory because it can make banning Muslims legal. Did you not hear Trump call for a ban on all Muslims entering the country during the campaign? The media didn't tell us. He did.

Homosexuality and Transgender are not the same thing. We are grouped together in the lgbt+ community because of our common struggle for equality and our common thread of challenging the spectrums and norms of gender and sexuality. Is anyone teaching first-grade sex-ed? If you are asking if your first grade daughter should be taught that people can love anyone in any way they choose, and that they should be respectful of those people that don't love the way they do, then, yes, you are homophobic if you think this shouldn't happen. Do you think your first grade daughter could have a non-gender conforming classmate, a gay teacher, or a friend with Gay parents? If so, don't you think they could handle understanding that there are families that look different than theirs? Don't you think this is important for a first grader to learn? No one is teaching homosexuality. They are teaching tolerance, acceptance and to celebrate all types of identities and people. I have worked with youth in the arts from the ages of 4 years old to 23 years old. I assure you these messages are important and are conversations that can be handled by students of all ages when taught with the correct pedagogy and methods.

Are you uncaring for not wanting the opportunity for Healthcare for all people regardless of economic Status? Well. Yeah. A little. You seem to care about your ability to have Healthcare that has free choice, but instead of fighting for a solution that works for everyone, you seem to be fighting for Healthcare for only the wealthy and privileged. The ability to live Should not be determined by how much money you have. So yeah a little uncaring.

Having friends of color, living in a community with racial and religious diversity and having immigrant friends does not mean that you aren't racist. You may not be and I'm not implying you are. But racism is not binary. It is not black and white. No pun intended. Racism exists on a spectrum and presents itself overtly and less overtly. Avenue Q- "We are all a little bit racist". It has been ingrained into our social and institutional systems. Your prejudice or racism on a certain side of the spectrum doesn't make you a bad person. What could potentially make you a bad person is not understanding and naming it's existence in your privilege, choosing to ignore when leaders exhibit their prejudice overtly and extremely and choosing to turn a blind eye to these oppressive systems rather than fighting against them.

"I believe that Homosexuals deserve equal rights but they don't Trump mine" In what ways have your rights been trumped on by Homosexuals?

This is from Recent Washington state court ruling about one of the now infamous bakery cases.

"As every other court to address the question has concluded, public accommodations laws do not simply guarantee access to goods or services. Instead, they serve a broader societal purpose: eradicating barriers to the equal treatment of all citizens in the commercial marketplace, the court wrote. Were we to carve out a patchwork of exceptions for ostensibly justified discrimination, that purpose would be fatally undermined.

Berkeley protest was about giving a publicly funded platform to one that supports American Nazis and recently advocated for pedophilia. Don't agree with violent protesting, but do agree with the protests.

Women's March did not have any violence or diminish free speech. Unless you count millions of people around the world exercising their right to do so. By condemning it are you not arguing to stifle free speech? Is this not the same thing you are arguing against?

You are defining the "liberal movement" as a blanket statement. Where all of millions of people that call themselves liberals believe, react and respond in the same way. Is this not the same thing you are arguing against?

"Why not have restrooms for either men or women that has a door, one commode and can be locked?" Can you not see how this is the same principle as separate but equal? Must they be singled out as people that can't use the same bathroom as you because they are different than you? I'm still unclear as to how this opens up anyone to predators more than they already were. Do you really think that a "normal" man would claim to be a woman to get in the bathroom? If so, what's stopping them from doing it now? How does allowing a transgender person into the bathroom change these odds?

So, you should be allowed to voice your opinion with your free speech, but when others tell you their views of the implications of that opinion, they are intolerant? Again, I'm not doing so, but calling someone out for their racism or prejudice beliefs is also free speech, right? Calling someone's views and therefore their personhood as prejudice is not intolerant. It is free speech that is arguing against beliefs that are viewed by them as intolerant.

Actually "freedom from religion" was ruled on by the Supreme Court as a right that is protected by the constitution. Not having a religion IS a religion and therefore is just as protected as Christianity or any other.
"In 1968 a unanimous Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional an Arkansas law prohibiting the teaching of evolution in public schools. Justice Arthur Goldberg made clear that the First Amendment guarantees "freedom from religion" as well as "freedom of religion."

If abortion is performed by an approved provider for the health care plan. Then yes, the right to women's choice should be covered by law. Should a employer get to decide whether a woman can afford an Abortion by denying her coverage?

Just so you know I don't think you are a bad person, but I do think you are misinformed about these issues and policies. I don't think you are stupid, but I do think you are insensitive to the rights of others that have different identities than you do. The harshness is not placed entirely on the right or left. I have been called faggot, snowflake, twit, idiot, libtard,a free loader, an abomination, junior, my Mexican-AMERICAN husband has been yelled in the street to "go back to his country" and "build a wall" all since the election because I offered a different opinion than those of trump supporters. Local High schools have been hate-sprayed with the n-word and faggots. Hate-crimes have sprung up in our country, mostly in schools. The targets are not white, straight, Christian people. They are marginalized people. Gays, People of color, Mexicans and Muslims. Of course there is also violence and extremes on the other side. Just as you don't condone the things I mention above, most liberals don't condone the violence or prejudice that comes from our side.

But people are angry. If you feel your rights are being taken away, imagine what it might be like to be a gay person that is looking to start a family in a state that just legalized discrimination under the guise of their religious freedom. A state where businesses literally won't serve their normal product or service that is available to everyone else because they don't agree with your way of life. Would you call this tolerant? Imagine now that those private companies that now have legal right to discriminate includes discriminating against your ability to adopt to start your family, to get housing, or to receive Healthcare. Imagine being a dreamer child and having the fear of your parents and yourself being deported to a place you've never known. Imagine being a sexual assault victim who now has a President who has been repetively accused of sexual assault and verbally admitted to committing such acts. Imagine being a Muslim child that is afraid to walk home and afraid to go to school. Imagine being a refugee literally running for your life and toward the American Dream and freedom only to be told that it doesn't exist for people like you. Imagine being a transgender child and being afraid to go pee while at school. Imagine the pain in your loins because you are terrified to go to the bathroom, because your parts don't look the same, because you are bullied relentlessly when you enter the bathroom that fits your "sex" and not your gender. Imagine being a black single mother who will no longer be able to afford Healthcare for herself. Imagine having to choose between your own health and feeding your kids.

If you say you have empathy, and I hope and think you do. Put this in perspective. When people are angry and scared and hurt by the situations I mention above,can you really expect to not be met with outrage, anger and ridicule when you claim that YOUR rights are being infringed upon? Can you imagine the insult you may feel when someone that voted to put you in that situation claims YOU are intolerant? Can you imagine how someone that's not part of those situations above, has deep empathy and concern for those that they know and love that are? Can you imagine how angry you would be? Can you imagine that it might be hard to not tell that person off because they voted for something and someone that has caused you pain, fear, anxiety and is literally taking your chance for happiness in our country? Can you imagine when you call these things out for what they are, that you are accused of not having common sense?

Your free-rights are not being infringed upon but when your action (your vote) put these people in these situations, don't expect them not to use their free-speech to call it out for what it is. Don't expect not to be labeled with their free-speech. Your vote labeled their future and threatens their rights. Can you really expect them to play nice with you while you claim THEY are taking YOUR rights away?

We only want the same thing you already have. The law to protect our right to exist in the world and our chance at happiness. Don't expect to argue for something that attempt to deny it without a fight.

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Posted by Jeffrey K. Miller on 02/22/2017 at 9:15 AM

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