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Should Racist People Lose Their Jobs? The Internet Weighs In

Since the violence in Charlottesville, America has been dealing with complicated questions like, “Is Racism Bad Or Good?” Some people have engaged in even more nuanced analyses like, “How Can I Be A Racist If I Don’t Label Myself A Racist?” and “I’m Not A Racist But [insert racism here].”

A more recent take on this question is whether or not people who profess racist beliefs or take part in “white pride” rallies should be fired. Many who attended the Charlottesville rally were fired from their jobs after being doxxed on social media. Of course, that’s tragic. Can you imagine being discriminated against by your employer because of something that doesn’t impact your work performance?

Whether or not you’re holding a huge bucket of popcorn in front of your computer monitor and cheering when you see fasc – oops, “alt-right white-rights activists” get fired for their beliefs, you have to acknowledge that there’s a lot of different opinions on the subject. Here are twenty-five different takes on the subject.

1. Free To Be Wrong: “You’re free to go to a white supremacy march. You’re free to write horrible things on the internet about women. You’re free to rant about Jewish people. You’re free to explain why gay people are nature’s mistake. But everyone in society around you is free to refuse to hire you, free to fire you, free to turn their backs on you because they find your behavior dangerous and repulsive. It’s especially true because some of your chosen group are crazier than outhouse rats and armed. To put it inelegantly, if you’re going to take a crap on the table, don’t expect to be invited to dinner.”
(Katherine Bailey)

2. Does Love Trump Hate?: “One of my favorite authors, Peter David, who is Jewish himself, advocates not firing bigots, provided they behave at the office. He hopes to help them overcome hatred. I’m very inspired by stories like this one about a Rabbi who opened his heart to racists: “When he was a cantor in Lincoln, Neb., Rabbi Michael Weisser confronted die-hard Ku Klux Klan leader Larry Trapp, befriended him and eventually inspired the life-long racist to renounce hatred and speak out publicly against bigotry.” But I also know if a store hired a KKK member, I wouldn’t feel safe walking in. So I’m torn.” (Elke Weiss)

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