HuffPo: History teacher removed for comparison of Trump to Hitler

swastika-39031_640This is not ok.

This man studies the Holocaust. He is qualified to make this comparison.

The system – in this case, the school – needs to push back against the normalization of Trump’s words, not defend him as an institution.

The normalization is already occurring.

We cannot allow this to happen:
http://mobile.nytimes.com/…/magazine/a-time-for-refusal.html

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A vote for President Donald J. Trump is…

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I haven’t had the words to respond to the election this week until today.

I’m not sure I do yet, either. But I am compelled to try.

To those who voted for Donald J. Trump:

You voted FOR an open misogynist.

You voted FOR an open fear mongerer.

You voted FOR a man who mocked the disabled.

You voted FOR a xenophobe.

You voted FOR a party that supports removing the rights of LGBT citizens, of removing the equality of marriage.

You voted FOR these things.

You voted FOR this man, who represents these things.

You may have voted FOR him in spite of these things but you voted FOR him.

You may have voted FOR him as an anti-establishment protest but you voted FOR him and endorsed these things nonetheless.

I’ve heard the rhetoric this week, from the right and from within the left that the Democrats own what happened.

Bullshit.

Those who voted FOR Donald J. Trump and his party own that result. You own what happens next.

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Conway suggests truth doesn’t matter if it benefits Trump…

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This is not okay.

Trump’s entire campaign is based on vague words, vulgar, sexist and racist statements and the jingoistic mantra of “Make America Great Again.”

I get that people are angry.

I get that people want change from the status quo.

But Donald Trump is not the way.

He is not the change our country needs.

I hope our country does not vote for “change” for the sake of change in the form of the Republican nominee for the office of the President of the United States of America.

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You don’t get to tell me I’m wrong to be offended

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Donald Trump has used a number of phrasings across his campaign that many, many people have found offensive.

Nasty woman.

Bad hombre.

He’s criticized the weight and looks of women, spoken of his penchant for doing what he wants, when he wants with them.

Here are 279 more.

He has crossed so many lines, we find ourselves applauding his efforts when he manages to make it 20 minutes without an insult.

The general response from his supporters can be summed up as ‘who are you to be offended at my speech?’

CNN commentator Van Jones made a comment this evening that really resonated. Paraphrased, he stated that it is the responsibility of the person making the comments, as a function of civility as a foundation to our civilization, to pause, understand and consider their words.

Freedom of speech is not freedom from the consequences of your actions, which includes offending people and the fallout therein. You don’t get to tell people what offends them is wrong.

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