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  •  Please be more impersonal (1+ / 0-)
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    whenwego

    While I agree and admire all the sentiment in the letter, the wingnuts will jump on this as another example of us being the thought-police who get people fired because of what they believe. If I was going to write the letter I would state it thusly:

    "Thank you for sharing your beliefs with me. I am glad your right to free speech has helped me avoid buying a car from a bigot and racist. I suggest you continue sharing such sentiments with any potential customer so that they, too, have an opportunity to decline doing business with you."

    I detest it when the wingnuts turn these things into some sort of attack on their fucking rights. We should make more of an effort to proactively take the wind out of their "victim" sails when we call out this kind of bullshit.

    By copying his management and GM and the newspaper, this will still get the guy fired. The difference is that you did it by encouraging everyone's First Amendment rights. It will be much harder for this guy to be called the victim by anyone.

    Just a thought.

    •  No right to free speech (2+ / 0-)
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      gustynpip, PinHole

      as against a private employer. The First Amendment covers only government action. I'm tired of people claiming they have a "free speech" right to spew their bullshit in the context of private employment.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:20:53 AM PDT

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    •  'More impersonal' comment - I disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      Zack from the SFV

      The diarist's letter is fine just as it is.  The suggested text doesn't come off as 'impersonal' to my eye, it comes out as snarky and indirect.

      And I don't think this guy will 'get' sarcasm.

      Diarist has done noting to interfere with Car Guy's Free Speech.

      The guy's 'Free Speech' was appaling, and in it he confessed to a Federal crime -- discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.

      I think the 'more impersonal' comment is off the mark.

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