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Charlottesville serves as a notice to my friends, family, and coworkers

If you support the Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville (or coming to Texas A&M on 9/11), there is no place in my life for you.

Charlottesville VA, August 12, 2017 (Ryan M Kelly, via ProPublica/AP)

This serves as notice to my friends: If you were with or support the Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville this weekend, or if you support them, you are no longer a friend. If you had it in you to support these kinds of people, you never really were. I will tell any and all our mutual friends that you are this kind of person so they can decide for themselves if you are worthy of their continued friendship. Please unfriend me on Facebook, unfollow me on Twitter, and lose my phone number and email after you let me know you’re doing so, so I can do the same.

This serves as notice to my family: If you were with or support the Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville this weekend, or if you support them, Because you’re family, I will make one good faith attempt to convince you of the moral depravity of your position. If you are unwilling to change your position, however, allow me to refer you to my notice to my friends above. And when a member of the family asks why I’ve cut you out of my life, I will be honest and tell them that it’s because you support Nazis and white supremacists.

This serves as notice to my coworkers: If you were with or support the Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville this weekend, and if I hear you say so, I will report you to HR. Your support for Nazis and white supremacists runs opposite to our common employer’s diversity code and code of conduct. And if HR is unable or unwilling to fire you (I would never expect HR to fire someone based on my word alone), I will never work with you again. And when another of our coworkers asks why not, I will be honest and tell them that it’s because you support Nazis and white supremacists.

I have very few hard lines in my life. I see too much nuance, to many shades of gray, in everything. But supporting Nazis and white supremacy is one of those few hard lines. It’s immoral, unethical, unAmerican, and runs counter to everything I value. And if you support Nazis and white supremacists, you are those things as well, and there is no place in my life for you.

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