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  •  I'm happy to use a different word (4+ / 0-)

    if it's offensive.  "Tolerance" is just a word that I've seen used to describe people who don't discriminate, aren't bigots, and that's how it was meant.

    What word should I have used in place of "tolerance?"  I'll be happy to change the language.

    Sometimes it's very frustrating to try to figure out how to say something positive toward a group of people that you support when you're not sure what words might offend, when no offense was meant.

    Disclosure: I'm working as an unpaid citizen journalist covering the Sestak campaign/ PA Sen. race for Huffington Post's "Eyes and Ears 2010" project

    by joanneleon on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 09:28:53 PM PDT

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    •  No offense taken (6+ / 0-)

      At least not by me.  I think perhaps "acceptance" might be a better word.  I'm not asking American society to "tolerate" the fact that I'm gay.  I'm asking American society to "accept" the fact that I'm gay and to "accept" me as a fully equal citizen.

      Maladie d'Amour, Où l'on meurt d'Aimer, Seul et sans Amour, Sid'abandonné

      by FogCityJohn on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 10:00:27 PM PDT

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    •  I know that tolerance is used a lot and appears (0+ / 0-)

      to be an accepted word.

      The school is known for its diversity and tolerance

      I would say embraces diversity, period.  That implies everyone is different and equal.

      I hope you understand that I was not singling you out using the word tolerance.  I might tolerate a loud mouth in a bar, for instance, because they're a friend of a friend.  I would tolerate their behavior for a particular reason, but embrace their diversity if they were "not like me."

      Enough already. Stand up and fight. If you lose, you lose, but at least you tried. That's all I ask.

      by gooderservice on Tue Oct 12, 2010 at 04:04:23 PM PDT

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