Some quotes from a post on tumblr, originally from an article by the New York Post: nypost.tumblr.com/post/1421918…New York post:
"NYU students who back Trump afraid to show their faces.
“They’re afraid of losing friends, being ridiculed in class, getting worse grades and are even afraid of being assaulted and physically hurt.
”Another user's response to this:
Good.Another user's comments that really drives home my point:
"Expose them. Make them lose their friends. Ridicule them in classes. If you can get away with it, beat their [hineys]. Show them what it means that we will not go back to that way of life again. It’s time for the racists to be the ones who live in fear."
I was never a Trump supporter, but this is not okay. (Not even going to touch the ignorance of generalizing all Trump supporters as racist.)
You don't have to like a person. You certainly don't have to like their views. You don't have to respect them, respect is earned. (Respect can mean a couple things, but the definitions include admiring them or holding them in high regard.) But your right to swing your fist ends where another person's nose begins.
I want to say it's just a tumblr thing, but I feel like this past election and the things that happened afterwards proves that this mindset is more widespread than that. Not in the majority of the population, but in high enough numbers that it's scary to me.
This is why the rhetoric of "not having to be tolerant of intolerance" scares me. Because people apparently can and will take it to these extremes. This kind of stuff is what leads to most atrocities in history, because people believe they are justified to do whatever they want because they have the moral high ground.