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No America, we’re not all created equal

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American history is filled with discrimination and bigotry. Between denying women the right to vote, the segregation of races, and the denial of rights for the LGBTQ community, our history is one tragic tale.

In the current political climate, we have made strides to correct the mistakes of our past and create opportunities for all American citizens. Our accomplishments include the legalization of gay marriage and the end of segregation. Despite this, the gender wage gap and constant discrimination against transgender people have remained in our country despite how our public tries to prevent it. Discrimination is often pushed back and many consider these times a triumph for social justice. As the year comes to the end, a phrase going around has been “It’s 2017. You can be who you wanna be.” But making progress toward a single goal should not be confused with actually achieving it. America is attempting to create a better sense of  equality, but there is still a lot of work that our government needs to do in order to ensure equality for all our citizens.

“We are making progress at treating everyone with the respect that they need, but I still think we have a ways to go in many places,” English teacher Rebecca Walker said.

Despite our efforts to counteract our racially unjust history, there are still many groups that face discrimination.Hate groups have been increasing since the 1990’s, the largest spike showing for anti muslim groups. According to “Mapping Hate: The Rise of Hate Groups in the US,” there were about 34 hate groups aimed at Muslim majorities in 2015. In 2016 that number increased to 101 groups. This totals to a 197% increase in these anti-Muslim groups as stated in the statistics of the article. The large increase in these hate groups show a tragic truth that we don’t see all groups as an equal.

“Minority groups still have a leg down on other people. We have a lot of police brutality and Islamophobia so that’s kind of a hindrance to all these groups,” senior Sarah Joseph said.

The amount of discrimination against race and religion has been on the rise throughout our history despite our efforts to discourage it. Another familiar inequality of our past that remains as prevalent as ever is the gender gap.

Gender inequality is still a major issue in our time, especially in regards to wages. The gender wage gap affects women in this country and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. Regardless of a women’s education and knowledge, they are often given a lower pay compared to a male worker doing the same job.

In an article by the American Association of University Women called “The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap” surveys show that women make less than males despite similar education levels. The average woman with an advanced degree makes about $1,257 a week, while a man with the same education makes about $1,707 a week. The statistics get worse when they account age, as the older a woman is, the less they get paid. Women who average around 55-64 years of age make $812 on average per week compared to the $1,102 a man makes despite being around the same age group.

“Everybody is kind of lower tier and that’s how its been and how its gonna be for a while,” junior Marlon Curry said.

One of the more appalling forms of discrimination shown in our country is the discrimination against LGBTQ rights, especially recent actions taken against the transgender community.Among  the most jarring examples is when our congress attempted to pass a bill that banned transgender people from the military. Although judges blocked the transaction due to the outcry from the community, the fact that it could have gone through goes to show how much work we need to do in order to achieve equality.

“The transgender ban that we enacted recently caused a lot of controversy with the troops, so that I would say would be a big example of discrimination recently,” English teacher Bridget Shrode said.

We can see that when representing race, gender, and sexual identity, our government has a long way to go to achieve the equality that we all deserve. By fixing the many issues that we have in this nation, someday we can finally accomplish what our founding fathers promised when they said all men are created equal.

“If you’re going to bring it up, you need to bring it up in a positive way so we can push the world, your generation, and my generation into a better way,” English teacher Meagan Johnson said.

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Ben Weiss is a junior perspectives writer for Metea Media. It will be his first year writing on staff. He’s also involved with The Mane, Bass Chorus, and Metea’s theater program. Ben’s quite the workaholic. His poor social skills are only rivaled by his desperate need to be liked, along with other insecurities. But outside...
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46 Responses to “No America, we’re not all created equal”

  1. Caleb Berry, a proud patriot on December 17th, 2017 1:32 am

    This is when Metea Media crosses the line.

    “American history is filled with discrimination and bigotry.”
    Its also filled with some very rich moments as well. The truth is most countries have blood on their hands. America’s history is much more than just a tragic tale.

    “the legalization of gay marriage”
    I have no problem with people that truly love each other, but don’t say forcing people of religion to marry a homosexual couple an accomplishment, its a sin in their religion, and this denies them of their first amendment.

    “discrimination against transgender people”
    The first step solving a problem is to admit that it exists. Transgenderism is simply ignoring gender dysphoria, which can lead to extreme depression and suicide, and saying “you can be who you want to be”. People who feel they are a different gender can feel truly out of themselves and in the wrong body. This should be treated in any way they see fit, but saying its okay to promote this as a normal circumstance is wrong. We should be accepting of these people, but with Transgenderism complicating things with the hundreds of different false genders, it promotes gender dysphoria, and complicating the English language that can lead to legal ramifications. Bottom line, Transgenderism has created nothing but problems for the US and its not getting any better. I wont fuel a mental disorder that will affect Americans the way it does now.

    “According to Mapping Hate”
    Mapping Hate likes to label things as racist and misogynistic while they’re not. The III% group, is a group of patriotic people who are willing to take up arms to protect the infringement of the US Constitution. They are not Anarchists, and they believe in government, as long as it abides by the constitution. They were labeled as an anti-government group by the SPLC. A company that sells flags in South Carolina was labeled as a white nationalist group because they sell a flag that symbolizes the south. Both the United States flag and the ‘confederate’ flag don’t symbolize the current or past state of affairs but more heritage. The US flag symbolizes American heritage and pride. The confederate flag symbolizes southern united states heritage and pride. Most who fly the flag don’t use it to symbolize a past nation that enslaved blacks. Some also used it as a way to represent the american men who died for the south, many of who abhorred slavery.

    “Regardless of a women’s education and knowledge, they are often given a lower pay compared to a male worker doing the same job.”
    Women aren’t given a lower pay, they earn their pay the same way men do. Women work shorter shifts, retire earlier, and generally take more time off than men in the same work fields. I’m not saying that all women aren’t hard workers, most just have a lighter work load than men. That’s terrible because a lot of men in today’s society work desk jobs they hate and in turn lead to serious problems down the road because of their workload. Especially because society likes to view the american man as a man that works a hard day and comes home to a family to relax.

    “banned transgender people from the military.”
    This was done because trans people would get military benefits without having to do service and it was a crime. A unit must have cohesion to function, and the military definitely isn’t a place for transgenderism and its not because of discrimination. I have nothing against the people who agreed to refute trans people from the military, nor should anyone else.

    I can agree that we do have problems in the united states regarding equality, that need to be changed, but not the ones
    editors at Metea Media are thinking about. 99% of men work the laborious jobs, 85% make up our military, and have a 1100% higher chance of death in the workforce. Want equality? start by leveling those numbers between men and women. Those statistics are never talked about in school, it ignores them. I don’t know if I can say I’m a proud Metea student if that’s how much we ignore true facts.

    Who could I talk to, to start an article on problems that aren’t talked about?

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    Equality is a lie Reply:

    you are so correct I can’t believe that more people don’t see what is right in front of them

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    Maya Reply:

    1) It’s fine if people see things as sins in their religion, but that shouldn’t affect the rights of others who don’t follow that religion. If doing said job goes against the person’s beliefs, they should find another job.
    2) Being transgender is not a “mental disorder” it’s a real thing.
    3) The Confederate flag represents the heritage of racism. The main reason the South tried to secede was to keep slavery. Yes, they seceded for states’ rights. States’ rights to do what? Keep slavery. Those who died in the civil war while fighting for the south probably weren’t fighting to end slavery.
    4) The reason that men make up the most laborious jobs as of today and most of the military is because, back in the day, women weren’t allowed to do these things. They were supposed to “stay in the kitchen” and clean up after everyone. Yes, this ban has been removed, but that doesn’t mean joining the military was any easier. Years of discrimination followed, just like slavery didn’t immediately end when it was banned. Years of segregation still followed. Yes, history is our past, but it’s also a pretty hard thing to erase.

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    Some Freshman Reply:

    Yes, being transgender is real, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a mental illness where the people that have it have dramatically higher suicide(40%) and depression rates. The way to treat this is not telling them “you can be who you want to”, it’s to send them to a psychiatrist, some one who specializes in mental illness, so that they could get help and change if they have to. Acceptance here is not a solution, simply a detrimental way of thinking tat only worsens the condition. This is also the reason why “trans” people are not allowed in the army. I would logically assume, that the people who kill to protect the rest of us need to be mentally strong to do so, as well as to be able to perform under some of the most stressful circumstances you can imagine.
    To summarize my point, gender dysphoria is real and that the people that have it need to seek help from a professional, not harmful misinformed present day societal standards set by some.

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    Some Freshman Again Reply:

    Of course the people who fought for the south weren’t fighting to end slavery. They were fighting to protect the only of way of life they knew and the foundation of the southern states. , they weren’t fighting for a (at least to us) rational and moral cause, but they fought honorably, they died honorably, and they lost honorably. I find that to be something to be respected, and I think others should respect that as well.

    As for you point about women in the labor workforce and military. First off, the reason that there aren’t more women in the military is because they are weaker and more important to the growth and development of the society. I am not saying this as a insult, but as a fact. One, women are biologically weaker. Period, there is no debate. From the dawn of time, aside from a few outliers, men have always been the ones to fight, protect, lead, and hunt for their respective society, and for a good reason. This ancient tradition has been in place for all of time, and has only really changed starting with the modernization of present and medieval day society. As for my second point, women are the ones who birth and develop children, as new borne can rarely live without a mother who supplies required nutrients. Because of this, if women were to lead wars, and die more, the effect on that society would be huge because of the significant lowering of population. That said, both of these points also transfer to women in the labor workforce, as doing manual and heavy work would be on average much more difficult and in turn much more dangerous for women, the reason why men do most of the “heavy lifting”.

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    Caleb Berry, a proud patriot Reply:

    Some Freshman, I agree with you on some points here, but I want you to know that today’s women like to argue they are stronger, and work just as hard as men in the American workforce and should be held with equal regard, although the facts show otherwise.

    прямой белый самец Reply:

    1. being gay isn’t a right, so don’t label it as so, but there is right to freedom of religion so don’t make people adhere to your beliefs.
    2. it is a mental disorder because when you have a vast majority of the population being male and female, someone feeling otherwise with differing mental and physical features, that turns out to be a disorder, people wouldn’t have to switch genders if they were born normally, hence, disorder
    3. a vast majority of southern farmers at the time didn’t even own slaves and more than halfway into the war were slaves even brought up to the topic. the confederate flag now means to be proud of being southern like being proud to be black, gay, trans, etc. it all boils down to a personal preference if you are a proud southerner, wave the flag, if your a racist and you define the flag as so, then that’s your preference, nobody else’s.
    4. women are barely discriminated today in a governmental sense, in fact, women get governmental benefits that men don’t, like every court case being biased for the women, but aside from that, barriers for women to be in the military are gone, so nothing is stopping them from being in the military. So why aren’t they joining? because a women’s psychological nature is rooted in more of a caretaker than a worker/ warrior, this is purely nature and biology, this can be challenged however and I encourage women to challenge their nature and take up those jobs that require muscle like the armed forces and construction. and we’re not trying to erase history but rather change the present, so instead complaining that women are oppressed by the system, take advantage of the system given to you to make the best of your life and others

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    some girl Reply:

    The right she was talking about was the right to get married as a gay person, which is legal in all 50 states.

    прямой белый самец Reply:

    that still doesn’t make it a right and it’s not marriage, marriage is religious, and in most religions, homosexuality is a sin, so it’s their RIGHT to live by their holy book in which they believe in, freedom of belief

    Caleb Berry, a proud patriot Reply:

    Maya, most of what you said can be denied by what I said in my comment.

    Marriage is a religious term, and technically no church of the christian religion
    should be obligated to marry any homosexual couple under the law of their religion

    Since the 20’s women have been allowed to do the same jobs as men since 1964. That has left them with 54 years to change those statistics. So your telling me that 54 years of women not doing the same work as a man is society’s fault. It wouldn’t make sense because if business world has changed with women, the labor force should as well. Truth is women left the physical work for men, while they wanted to take the jobs that would benefit them easily. Its sad you think that your excuse of “women weren’t allowed to do these things(in the past)” Is a valid argument against 54 years of change.

    “Those who died in the civil war while fighting for the south probably weren’t fighting to end slavery.” You know this is something women don’t understand.
    SOMETIMES MEN DON’T HAVE A CHOICE IN WAR!!! What they were fighting for is out of the question, Still many didn’t believe in slavery. Your argument is ridiculous. And even if you’re right, that’s YOUR opinion, and people don’t fly it for what YOU think it means.

    “Being transgender is not a “mental disorder” it’s a real thing.” This is such a great argument, did you know Santa, unicorns, and leprechauns are real too?

    Maya, if you are to have a proper argument question me and then prove my points otherwise. You did none of these things in your reply. Try re-writing it.

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    Caleb Berry, a proud patriot Reply:

    Correction to the incorrect sentence”Since the 20’s women have been allowed to do the same jobs as men since 1964.”

    -Women have been allowed to vote since the 20’s and have legally been allowed to do any job a man can since 1964.

    Chris Reply:

    Ok, so I’m going to assume that you’re from Illinois. So your opinion on the Confederate flag isn’t really valid. see I’m from the south and there we don’t see the Confederate flag as a sign of racism. there we see it as a sign of southern pride and union. you’re saying the Confederate flag stands for racism and slavery. But wouldn’t that mean the U.S flag stands for genocide? Because going off your flawed philosophy that’s what it would stand for.

    (P.S I have no problem with the U.S flag I was just trying to make a point.)

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    Why Isthisrequired Reply:

    Wow did you just use facts to support your thoughts? To bad it doesn’t man anything because no matter what anyone says Meta media posts the same thing slightly differently every so often. I completely agree with you.

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    BW Reply:

    100% agree that to simply ignore every good thing that America has accomplished is a huge mistake. Other countries have done much worse to the world and it is often highly ignored. Also, I’m not sexist, racist, or homophobic. But I can tell you the gender dysphoria is a problem, and a direct cause of the mental health crisis.

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  2. Anonymous Cheese on December 17th, 2017 9:00 am

    Why are our news so liberal minded can’t we get some conservative articles. “Women now earn a majority of associate, bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees and their share of college degrees increases almost every year.” That is written on an article in Time Magazine.

    https://fee.org/articles/truth-and-myth-on-the-gender-pay-gap/

    http://time.com/3222543/wage-pay-gap-myth-feminism/

    Read these not all of the 20% is due to sexism or discrimination it’s mainly due to occupation, hours worked, tenure, and education across ALL full time men and women it’s not an exact comparison. If you compared a man and a women of the same job, education, and experience the difference in wage would be very very little. I still agree that there is inequality but to say that women get the majority of it isn’t true. What about a man’s custody rights and prison sentences. To often are we exposed to the same ideas in the news saying the same thing but questioning none of it even though we have millions of resources on the internet. I’m not trying to slam on your article or women’s rights but can we get some articles that don’t appeal to liberal minds or that say women are somehow disadvantaged. Still open to having my mind changed though.

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    прямой белый самец Reply:

    I would also love to see some right-wing articles, this is because we need more diversity of ideas in Metea because its all one sided for Democrats which leads to a solidification of ideas, which is never good. Anonymous cheese, I highly suggest you go into the media group (not really sure how).

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    BW Reply:

    agreed. this is brainwash.

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  3. Milo Y. on December 17th, 2017 12:26 pm

    If America is so terrible, why does everyone want to come here?
    Also, with the transgender ban, they have an extremely high suicide rate so I don’t think giving them a gun is a good idea
    The wage gap, well, the more work you do, and the better you do it, the more you’ll get paid, if companies could pay women less and they would do just as good a job, why not hire all women? They also take more time off of work to take care of children. You can’t simply say, oh men make more money so inequality. Yeah, men make more because they do a better job, and work longer hours.
    Honestly, if America is so racist and intolerant, leave. Go to Saudi Arabia if you wanna complain about inequality.
    If America is so terrible, why do so many people risk they families and their own lives to come here?
    Islam is not a religion of peace. Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”
    Thanks for reading and stay fabulous

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    Annie Reply:

    If you are going to say that Islam is not a religion of peace, than neither is Christianity.
    “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Ephesians 5:22-24”
    “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing. 1 Timothy 2:11-15”
    ““When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be avenged. But if the slave survives a day or two, he is not to be avenged, for the slave is his money.”
    Your welcome!

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    Jake T. Reply:

    None of those quotes even remotely attempt to demonstrate Christianity as not a religion of peace. The first two don’t mention any form of violence, only submission, which, in itself is a clear example of peace. Your third quote (which you didn’t cite by the way) is both about property and avenging for lost property. That ends up creating peace, because after the vengeful act is done, balance and peace are restored. There is nothing in the Bible saying someone will be attacked for literally doing nothing, unlike the prior quote from the Quran above.

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    прямой белый самец Reply:

    it may not have been a religion of peace but as of now, it is way more peaceful than Islam, which is slaughtering its way through the middle east

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    The Woman Reply:

    They never spoke of Christianity, so what is the point of replying that.

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    Caleb Berry, a proud patriot Reply:

    When do you see Christians throwing gays off of buildings, or circumcising female children, or forcing women to cloak themselves and if not publicly beating them, or stoning women in the streets, or part taking in jihad? you don’t, and while Christianity might not believe in equality 100%, you still don’t see them causing acts against humanity at the scale Islam does. Saying their equal is unfair.

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  4. Milo Y. on December 17th, 2017 12:26 pm

    If America is so terrible, why does everyone want to come here?
    Also, with the transgender ban, they have an extremely high suicide rate so I don’t think giving them a gun is a good idea
    The wage gap, well, the more work you do, and the better you do it, the more you’ll get paid, if companies could pay women less and they would do just as good a job, why not hire all women? They also take more time off of work to take care of children. You can’t simply say, oh men make more money so inequality. Yeah, men make more because they do a better job, and work longer hours
    Honestly, if America is so racist and intolerant, leave. Go to Saudi Arabia if you wanna complain about inequality.
    If America is so terrible, why do so many people risk they families and their own lives to come here?
    Islam is not a religion of peace. Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”
    Thanks for reading and stay fabulous

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  5. A Woman of Color on December 17th, 2017 11:36 pm

    I’m going to stack my oppression points, because the more of a minority I am, the more nonsense I can say.
    – I’m a woman
    – My race only makes up about 5.6% of the American population, a minority
    – My parents were both are legal immigrants (first generation of my family born in America)

    In regards of the “hate groups”, I went to the website you cited and found that there are more ‘Black Separatist’ (193) groups than ‘Anti-Muslim’ (101) groups. “Black separatists typically oppose integration and racial intermarriage, and they want separate institutions — or even a separate nation — for blacks. Most forms of black separatism are strongly anti-white and anti-Semitic, and a number of religious versions assert that blacks are the Biblical “chosen people” of God.”. How come this isn’t mentioned in your article? I’m genuinely curious. Also, if you complain that America isn’t equal, why don’t you pop over to countries with a Muslim majority and see how tolerant they are. They are extremely homophobic. According to “TheReligonofPeace.com”, “Islam goes beyond merely disapproving of homosexuality. Sharia teaches that homosexuality is a vile form of fornication, punishable by death.” It then shows quotes from the Quran and other sources.
    https://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/homosexuality.aspx

    Pertaining to the factor of gender inequality, I strongly disagree. The wage gap has been disapproved so many times. “The average woman with an advanced degree makes about $1,257 a week, while a man with the same education makes about $1,707 a week. The statistics get worse when they account age, as the older a woman is, the less they get paid.” This doesn’t mention how many hours are worked, profession, or position, because of that, THIS DOESN’T PROVE ANYTHING.

    Dear fellow women, if you want a taste of gender equality you should join wrestling or a co-ed sport where they don’t separate you from the boys. Wrestling is the most physically demanding thing I’ve ever done, but I always lose. That isn’t ‘gender inequality’, it’s because I’m not good enough to beat my opponents.

    In the matter of the “the discrimination against LGBTQ rights”, they did not discriminate transgenders simply because of they were transgender. The reason why transgender people were banned is because they have a mental disorder called ‘gender dysphoria’, and you need to experience dysphoria to be medically diagnosed. I know I will get a lot of hate from stating that, but thinking that having a mental disorder is bad, is thinking mentally ill people are bad. Being mentally ill is not necessarily a bad thing. There are multiple cases were of mental disorders are helpful and where it’s also linked to creativity. People with diagnosed and with ADHD or even ADD are not allowed to join the military. The point is, is that they are not banning transgenders because they are apart of the LGBTQ communtity, it’s because it is classified as a mental disorder. The military is supposed to be a strong force of people that can protect our nation and not play into the politically correct epidemic. It certainly doesn’t help that 40% of them are suicidal which is an awful fact. I honestly am on the fence on this topic, but I just wanted you to know it’s not just because the congress are purposely being bigoted.

    Yes, there is inequality in America, but you are blowing this way out of proportion and making it seem like it is an epidemic. This isn’t going to change anything. If you don’t like America, no one is stopping you from leaving.

    Sincerely, a proud American.

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  6. Reality Doctor on December 18th, 2017 7:36 am

    Let me guess… there is gonna be an article about vapors and how bad they are and how much they distract.

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  7. Killian Kenny on December 18th, 2017 9:00 am

    You forgot another group that is discriminated against: the “special needs” community. Hell, even that is an offensive name for what we are. We are too often overlooked and are only seen when we do something amazing, like the opposite of the human appendix, we are hardly seen when we are in pain. All I ask is that if you are going to make a statement about american discrimination, at least mention us next time, please.

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  8. Chris on December 18th, 2017 10:35 am

    It’s so good to see all these people are finally starting to see that all this Left winger crap the Metea Media is pumping out is just that. Crap.
    These kinds of anti-American articles are just so upsetting. Like this person spends a couple of hours complaining. But like if you wanna make the real change go help at a soup kitchen.

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  9. прямой белый самец on December 18th, 2017 12:28 pm

    This article kinda hits the line when it comes to false information.
    first and foremost the site you used for mapping hate is completely biased and unreliable, you had a company that produced confederate flags labeled as a hate group, exactly who are they hating for being proud of being southern? also, mapping hate had patriot groups (who live by the constitution, whats wrong with that?) labelled as racists and other illogical names so that kinda knocks off a lot of “hate groups” another big problem with this article is that you mention people being hated for their religion but you only mention Muslims, perhaps the religion with the most terror in its name. You don’t choose to at all mention the killings of Christians and Jews by Muslims in the middle east. Why even focus on America’s minuscule problems like not being able to have a bathroom for your imaginary gender when you can go bigger picture and actually solve a problem like the situation in the middle east or the intense violence in Europe due to immigrants. net biggest thing on the list is the entirely false accusation of men being paid more

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    прямой белый самец Reply:

    Reason being having a different mindset (female mindset) results in a different work ethic as explained by caleb

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  10. bruh on December 18th, 2017 12:44 pm

    The number of homophobic/transphobic comments for this article just shows how much work America still has to do to reach equality. This article really shed some light onto these topics. Nice job!

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    dude Reply:

    its not transform/homophobic to deconstruct an argument that puts forward false information about the topic. its not the same thing

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    прямой белый самец Reply:

    If you took the time to read the comment instead of declaring it homophobic because of your beliefs, you would understand the point of the comments which was this article grossly blows up a problem that doesn’t exist, as well as fueling highschool students with misinterpreted info, that’s why we interpret the info the way its supposed to, with truth

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    Caleb Berry, a proud patriot Reply:

    You cant see beyond your own ignorance, I already debunked the false ideology of Transgenderism, rendering what you said false. Nothing is “transphobic” about what I said. Nothing I said was homophobic either, its called reason learn to read it.

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    Chris Reply:

    “Bruh” id imagine you’re offended if I say that my favourite colour is white?

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    JoE dIrT Reply:

    I mEaN iF yOu ArE aCtUaLlY sErIoUs AbOuT tHiS tOpIc ThEn YoU wOuLdN’t Be WrItInG aBoUt It On A sChOoL wEbSiTe, YoU wOuLd Be WrItInG aBoUt It On A wEbSiTe ThAt AcTuAlLy HaS mEaNiNg In ThIs WoRlD.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yup, I can’t tell you how many times I read that extreme inequality in the Middle East somehow means that mild inequality in America should be ignored. “But what about..?” is not an argument.

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    axiet Reply:

    There is always going to be inequality because we are humans. We humans are judgemental creatures, to deny such is to deny human nature.

    The reason why people bring the Middle East’s extreme inequality is to show how inequality is not an important issue IN America. This is brought up to show how exaggerated the ‘mild inequality in America’. I agree with you, like most people who bring up the Middle East, inequality is bad.

    Therefore, this is an argument.

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  11. Grammar Police on December 18th, 2017 1:07 pm

    This has nothing to do with being created equal. This is clickbait, and thus, fake news.

    please stop.

    just… stop

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  12. Josh Keske on December 18th, 2017 1:30 pm

    Y’all need an education

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  13. Mike Honcho on December 19th, 2017 1:27 pm

    If women truly want to be equal as men, they should be considered in military drafts for war. Global conflict where our brothers and sisters are dying for our freedom is much more important to the average American than the so-called “Pink Tax” and the “Gender Wage Gap”.

    Shake ‘n bake, baby
    Magic Man and El Diablo

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  14. darkstripe on December 21st, 2017 8:22 am

    i do think the article proper is exaggerating a bit, however, i do find some of these comments rather homophobic. “gay marriage shouldn’t be celebrated because it’s forcing people to go against their religion”? let me put it this way: what if people refused to marry straight people because it went against their religion, and went out of their way to frown upon heterosexuality? unfair, right? the same goes the opposite way. the first amendment right to freedom of speech and religion is not the first amendment right to bigotry. and on the transphobia going on in this comment section as well: are you trans? no. so should you be ruling over what they choose to do with their bodies? no. they aren’t harming you, you shouldn’t be harming them.
    that’s just how i see it. let others have their freedom just as you have yours.

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    A Woman of Color Reply:

    “the first amendment right to freedom of speech and religion is not the first amendment right to bigotry.”

    Bigotry; intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.

    Are you sure about that? It allows bigotry since it’s freedom of thought. Not saying it is morally right but you are contradicting yourself.

    “and on the transphobia going on in this comment section as well: are you trans? no. so should you be ruling over what they choose to do with their bodies? no.”

    I could care less if anyone is transgendered, the problem I have is that people are glorifying it. It has become a fad. My main concern is that children (and people our age) will make the mistake of permanently altering their body, and regreting it. Even after a transgendered person go through the process of transitioning, the statistics of them commiting suicide is still the same! This is the issue. Not transphobia. The first step of solving a problem is recognizing what it is.

    “A 2011 study found that after sex reassignment surgery, more than 300 Swedish transsexuals faced a higher risk for mortality, suicide ideation, and psychiatric issues compared to the rest of the population. The researchers concluded, “Our findings suggest that sex reassignment, although alleviating gender dysphoria, may not suffice as treatment for transsexualism, and should inspire improved psychiatric and somatic care after sex reassignment for this patient group.'” (http://www.newsweek.com/transgender-women-transgender-men-sex-change-sex-reassignment-surgery-676777)

    The military won’t let anyone join if they are not in top physical and mental state. They won’t let people diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, depression, anxiety, and etc. Even though these condition are a lot more common than transgenderism. This isn’t transphobia, just a policy.

    “they aren’t harming you, you shouldn’t be harming them.”

    No, I genuinely want these people to be as happy as anyone else. Ignoring problems won’t make it better. (This could actually harm people. You can get sent to court of you misgender someone.)

    P.S. Try to at least try to have proper capitalization and punctuation, this is highschool.

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  15. 666jesuslover instagram on January 23rd, 2018 12:07 pm

    The wage gap, is a myth.

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  16. JImmy Fallon on February 2nd, 2018 8:02 am

    Y’all tweaking…

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  17. BW on March 14th, 2018 4:43 pm

    True equality is not being judged by your race, gender, or sexual orientation. It is based on what you do and how you contribute to society.

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