I am an almost 23-year-old student at HutchCC who is, yes, both male and Conservative. I am writing concerning the opinion piece written by Leonard Pitts that appeared in the April 16 paper.
In “America is Once Again a House Divided,” he outlines how he recorded the “Roseanne” reboot so he could watch it later — until he heard that she was a Trump supporter. He deleted it because he says, “I don’t want anything to do with anyone who supports that guy.”
Pitts also goes on in the piece with comments aimed at Shania Twain, who he has probably never listened to in his life. In an interview with The Guardian, she said she would’ve voted for Trump. He also goes on to build a strawman argument about how his political party, as well as the opposition. In it, he says “Twain perhaps unwittingly chose a worldview, defining yourself as the opposition to those of us who place a premium on inclusion, compassion and decency.”
If that’s so, why did you delete the “Roseanne” reboot from your DVR?
If you’re all about inclusion and compassion, that also has to apply to those you disagree with.
You cannot pick and choose who you include or are compassionate to, lest you become the bigot you accuse me of being.
I am a young, conservative and I have been called every -ist, -ism and -phobe, as well as Nazi, fascist and bigot. Here’s the thing: the people calling me those awful things have never met me, and their comments show their true colors.
They just heard I was a conservative and made their own close-minded assumptions about who I am based on politics, much like how Pitts did with the “Roseanne” reboot.
That’s not inclusivity. From what I read in the piece, Pitts appears to be close-minded as well if one detail stopped him from watching a show. If he were open-minded, he would watch the show and notice that it hasn’t changed. It’s still very political, just more overtly.
I often watch predominantly political channels on YouTube that run the spectrum from Anarcho-Capitalist to Conservative/Libertarian, Independent/Moderate and even a few Liberal and Democrat channels as well.
I choose to because I want to know their views, so if anything, I can effectively counter their arguments.
You can’t just assume all Conservatives are hateful, racist, sexist bigots.