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Why do people find it so hard to have different opinions for political topics?? E.g. I'm black but I'm pro immigration, pro choice, pro-social safety net and anti-gun but... When it comes to other social issues I sometimes lean right. I don't think racism in America is as big of a deal as it is claimed to be and I have yet to see irrefutable evidence of "systemic racism" tbh I don't think it exists. I used to be a D but I'm now independent and this "with me or against me" vibe is toxic af

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Agree with you on this completely. I have friends I don't agree with on many political issues but we can always talk about them without any yelling or anger. More people than ever before seem to get angry at anyone who has the slightest difference of opinion, which is really threatening to free speech. The Harper's letter published this week was an interesting case of this. It was basically just a defense of the ability to state an opinion without fear of being shamed and attacked for it and was signed by authors, professors, and others, mostly liberal. Several of the people that signed it already got publicly attacked for it and one retracted her support and apologized.

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If you were honest, we all live in bubbles that we conform to. Tomi Lauren was fired from the blaze for saying a comment that was too left

I certainly have strong reactions to views that differ from mine at times, and the way those views are communicated makes a huge difference. In general if we tried harder to a) resist the urge to express our views with snark, baiting, pettiness and b) tried to genuinely empathize and find the valid aspects of the human on the other side of that view we don’t like...we’d be in a better spot. That’s individual work. Stop blaming the culture or social media for leaving us no choice but to be assholes to each other. BTW not criticizing you OP. Just my thoughts on this. I hear you loud and clear about being upset that we can’t be accepted for our individual nuances.

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OP - you have a functioning brain, and are using it to develop independent thought. These days, this makes you a minority of a different type.

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Why do you care what other people think? Vote for who aligns most to your beliefs.

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SA1 you're projecting. I wonder why you got so aggressive towards OP?

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I'm black. I don't care about immigration. I'm pro choice, pro social safety net, pro gun, pro military, pro science, pro-freedom from religion, and pro US hegemony. Systemic racism exists. I vote Democrat I don't think most people fit in one box

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I think it's mostly a trap of herd mentality that seems to be perpetuated by the public shaming and accusation of being disloyal if you go against the grain of the party at all.

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Who are u voting for this fall

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@OP Sorry I think what I wrote was confusing. I just mean the narrative I’m reading in your posts is all about federal issues. But most of our lives are not regulated federally. So if you’re feeling some kind of way about federal politics, maybe just switch that focus to something more local and productive

„I have yet to see irrefutable evidence of „systemic racism“ tbh I don’t think it exist“ First of all, just because you may not have experienced it or choose not to see it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Second of all, have you heard of redlining laws that were upheld by the federal government? Do you have any sense for how negatively impacted black communities were and still are as a result? Do you know anything about Jim Crow laws or their after effects?

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OP is right on point

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because certain people take their opinions and actually try to vote in legislation the negatively impacts people who have different life experiences than them. Opinions are one thing, but opinions that then get voted on or in to action that negatively impact my life makes it an issue. If people said do you and let me do me as long as you’re not hurting me I don’t think there would be half the vitriol we see today. But instead you have a group that says you do you , let me do me and someone says no, because I don’t think u deserve that or no because that is not a right, it trying to make it a right.

Hey, it’s my opinion ...

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To me the problem is that we have allowed devaluing human rights to be a political opinion. You can be anti-immigration, but to violate the human rights of immigrants is unconscionable. You might have personal issues with the LGBTQ community, but to vote in order to restrict that community's basic human right to work, to buy, or to have a same quality of life as you is simply amoral. And there are other examples we can look at. I respect political opinions different to mine, except when those opinion's are based on devaluing other human rights or worth as a person.

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