My Treatment of Being a Trump Supporter 65

Dylan Weber

You may have seen a boy, about 5’11, white, dirty blonde hair and blue/green eyes wearing a hat featuring the words “TRUMP” and “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.” Surprise, surprise, that was me.

The one thing that was a big surprise to me was the treatment I was receiving from fellow classmates.

Recently, I ran a bit of an experiment to see how students and staff would react to a pro-Trump student walking the halls. The results made me both proud and disgusted.

I’m going to talk about the positive first. Many students would ask me why I support our president. I would tell them and they would tell me how they felt. That made me happy to see young Americans engage in discussion about politics without having to cause trouble. It was refreshing after seeing leftist harass and outright assault people with a different political view. It opened my eyes a little bit. But then there were the majority of cases.

These cases involved threats, racial slurs, and harassment. One example included me walking out on the field, minding my own business. Then a boy proceeded to get in my face and yell “F*@K TRUMP” over and over again. (Keep in mind that the lunch supervisors proceeded to watch in amusement).

I ask this boy, “Why?” I was trying to engage in a simple conversation with him but he refused. This continued to happen until I just walked away. He just sat there and laughed with his friends.

A second example is that there is a rumor a group of boys is supposed to jump me. There isn’t much to this as they have done nothing yet, but I imagine that they only try to sound tough.

Thirdly – this is the one that really makes me mad – students participated in calling me racial slurs. Calling me a “cracker” on numerous occasions. They would yell it out as I was walking by, eating lunch and hanging out with friends. It was sickening.

I hope this behavior changes. It paints this generation in a bad light. Good news is that I had to retire the hat as I have finally gotten a haircut. I might bust it back out it in high school, who knows? For now, we must say our goodbyes to the not so missed hat.

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  1. The thing is, you can’t assume that all democrats/liberals go through every day. And maybe it’s a good lesson for you to see what it’s like to be a minority like me. Not like you’ve done anything negative, it’s just a good learning experience that honestly everyone should experience. It really does make you realize how some people are disgusting and how some are amazing.

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    • First of all Gavin you always play the victim. Stop it. Second he was talking about leftists. People who identify themselves as that. He was not saying something such as “all leftists want to assault trump supporters.”

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      • I am not playing the victim. The truth is, I go through harassment every day that not everyone sees. There are people that have done stuff to me that I can’t even talk about on here. It seems very ignorant when you make the assumption that I’m playing the victim. I’m really not. If you were in my shoes for a day you would know. But you literally can’t. Get your facts straight before you assume I’m playing the victim.

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      • Further, what land do you come from that gay people aren’t harassed daily? The world isn’t fully accepting yet. You need to open your mind just a little bit more.

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      • Ya Gavin I know gays are harrassed daily. But Gays aren’t the only ones being harrassed. I’m sorry if I offended you.

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      • I get it, but we have it just as bad as everyone else. I never said we were the only ones. I just said that I´m one of the small minorities that do have to go through harassment and stuff. Sorry if I wasn´t making myself clear.

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      • Although, I think we as a nation are more accepting towards gays now than people from the 18th and 19th century were. So I’d say progress has been made. We’re also a lot more accepting towards people of different races, genders, religions, and I think gender preferences now. There is that less than 1% who are “supremacists” but I would argue America as a whole isn’t like that.

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      • Absolutely not true. There are 1000 kids at this school, for example. I can name at least 20 of them that have harassed me ever in some way because of my sexuality. There are at least 20 more that I have probably forgotten about. Along with that line, there´s probably another 100 or so who are homophobic but just don´t know me or just keep it inside and mentally judge me.

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    • There is a difference between getting bullied and being oppressed. When black people were slaves, being forced to work under the boiling sun with extremely high heat with no pay, that was oppression. Being in middle school and people making fun of you IS NOT OPPRESSION.

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      • But the rest of the world, or the LGBT world, deal with way worse. Depending on where you’re from, it’s normal to walk down the street and be called specific slurs or have someone of the LGBT youth to be killed. I’m sorry if you don’t think that’s oppression since its what’s happening and what Gavin will have to live with until our society is okay with people being different. Since homosexual sex and relationships are still illegal in “69 countries, people can be penalized with life imprisonment (Parkinson).” Just because nobody has been murdered for their sexuality, race or gender doesn’t mean it isn’t actually happening. I still fear going outside, since I live in an area where they’re racist towards white people and they’re extremely homophobic. Bullying reaches a certain point where it isn’t “bullying;” when it becomes borderline harassment, I can tell something’s a problem. But as a straight white male, this doesn’t automatically come to mind, does it?

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      • As one of the straight white males you would be referring to Brooke, I would hope you would be more respectful in this conversation. I have not made any comments about YOUR sex, race, religion, or sexual preference. To stay respectful, I recommend you don’t make it seem like white straight males are inconsiderate towards others. I guarantee not all of us are like that.

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      • Aiden, she never said straight white males in general, she said a straight white male who has never experienced the fear of walking down the street holding someone´s hand of the same sex shouldn´t be talking. You don´t have a say in the conversation because you´re inexperienced, you have NO clue. You´re both making assumptions of what it´s like to be us. Don´t, and educate yourself. Talk to someone who is in the LGBTQ+ community before you assume that we´re not oppressed. Once again, you have no clue.

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      • Actually my aunt’s part of the LGBTQ+ society so stop assuming that everyone who’s white and strait has a perfect life. Chris says he likes guns too. It’s not relevant but he wanted me to write it. Also, sexual harassment isn’t what we’re talking about . YOU. ARE. NOT. SEXUALLY. HARRASSED.

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      • You have no idea, sis. Your aunt must have a pretty welcoming family because everyone that I know that is LGBTQ+ gets haarassed and name called. It´s really offensive when you basically say I´m equal to everyone else, but I´m not. You can´t take one opinion and use it as your whole spectrum of knowledge. Just because your aunt says she´s not harassed daily, doesn´t mean everyone else is. Do you know why you think I´m not a minority? Right, because you don´t even know much about me. You don´t see me being touched, harassed, name-called, mocked, etc. You don´t know. So please end this conversation before you offend me more than you already have.

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      • You still haven’t answered my question. What are EXAMPLES of you being harassed and oppressed? I would like to know so if I’m doing it, I can stop it. Also, every human is equal. No one is better than anyone else. Ever read the preamble of the Declaration of Independence? We believe that all men (as in the species, not the gender) are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
        Also, If you look in your planner, there is a paragraph dedicated to Sexual Harassment. They define it as “Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s academic status, (2) submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for an academic decision affecting that person, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment.” Should you ACTUALLY be sexually harassed according to this definition, you’re supposed to report it to the principal.
        I do not mean to offend you and am trying not to. I understand if this topic is one you no longer want to discuss.

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      • I don´t feel comfortable explaining what has happened to me just know that it falls under one of those definitions. When something like that happens you have to keep it to yourself. You don´t understand because it´s never happened to you. Don´t come up with a solution when you´re completely ignorant of the situation. Also, the Declaration of Independence and the Stacey planner doesn´t control everyone´s life. Just because they say that you can´t sexually harass someone, doesn´t mean people are going to abide by it. The dress code says no crop-tops and no short shorts. Yet at least half of the female Stacey population wears these items on a regular basis. Not a valid point.

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    • Are you actually kidding me? You are basically saying that being called racial slurs or being harassed is a ‘good learning experience’ isn’t your whole speech on stopping harassment and such but here you are saying that ‘ everyone should experience’. Aren’t we taught growing up that everyone is equal, ironically enough a minority like you just comes along and says ” It really does make you realize how some people are disgusting and how some are amazing.” You don’t deserve to call yourself a minority if you all do is tear other’s and their opinions down.

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      • “Thirdly – this is the one that really makes me mad – students participated in calling me racial slurs. Calling me a ‘cracker’ on numerous occasions. They would yell it out as I was walking by, eating lunch and hanging out with friends. It was sickening.” You really do make it seem like you’re oppressed. Don’t say that, because you have no idea what it’s like to ACTUALLY be oppressed by society.

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      • And the reason for GSA is a safe place for oppressed people. What do you think the purpose is? To have a club that excludes everyone only because we like a certain gender? NO, it´s because we ARE oppressed and in the club, we talk about how to deal with certain situations. Maybe if you lined up your facts before attacking me and GSA, you wouldn´t be so ignorant about the situation.

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      • Gavin, could you explain examples about your daily harassment and examples about your being oppressed? I would like to know what you consider each of these so I can stop if I’m accidently doing it.

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      • Also, Ciara´s point is that you made it seem like you were oppressed. Not my words, hers. Just letting you know what she was trying to say.

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  2. Today, May 17, 2019
    Minecraft is 10 years old, can we not talk politics and be happy for this game’s 10th anniversary?
    Thank you.

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  3. I know the fire of this article has kind of burnt out, but I just wanted to say that someone calling you a ¨cracker¨ isn´t a racial slur. A racial slur is calling a person of color a brownie. You really shouldn´t be so dramatic when somebody calls you a cracker. There are people that literally get beat up, murdered, and jumped because of their race, religion, or sexual orientation. So please don´t complain about someone calling you a cracker. We have it so much worse than you.

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    • Just because people have it worse, doesn’t mean that it’s okay. A racial slur is a racial slur no matter the race. “Cracker” and “Brownie” are on the same level when it comes to slurs, the only difference is to who it’s being said to. I don’t see a reason why “cracker” isn’t a racial slur but “brownie” is. Color or not, they’re demeaning words of a race.

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    • Actually, Gavin calling someone a cracker is a racial slur. I love how you seem to think you know everything about racial slurs and are one to say that in order for it to be a ‘racial slur’ it has to be directed at a person color but how would you know? You aren’t a person of color, and any type of slur or insult directed at someone because of the color of their skin whether it be white or brown, or their race is racist.

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    • And furthermore, you act like you are the biggest minority there is. Gavin, you are white, you don’t face much racism or oppression. Maybe because you are openly gay but every LGBTQ+ person deals with homophobes. You put yourself on this high horse even though you constantly talk about how people bring you down with their slurs and such. Plus, I see no problem with Dylan being a Trump supporter, just because I don’t support Trump doesn’t mean I’m going to berate him for doing so. People can scream and shout about how they support Hillary over Trump and you never hear someone calling them racial slurs. If they are allowed to show their support for Hillary or Bernie or whoever then why can’t he be open about his support for Trump.

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    • While I completely agree that being called a cracker is nothing compared to the plight that African Americans face all the time in other countries and even in America, they are both racist. Just because it’s not as bad doesn’t mean that it’s okay.

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    • Ah yes “cracker” isn’t a racial slur. Do you know where the word cracker comes from? When white people were beating their slaves with whips it would make a crack sound. Therefore, whites were unjustly labelled “Crackers”. In plain terms when I am called this, they claim that I have slaves and beat them. It awes me that you have the audacity to say something like that. People even agree with you. Stop saying you’re “Oppressed” because you’re not. Having some people say things about you in MIDDLE SCHOOL doesn’t mean you are oppressed. You play the victim and blow things out of proportion. Also, you’re not sexually harassed. Sexual harassment is when a woman is groped or touched in a sexual way without consent or when not appropriate. In elementary school, people made fun of me for being fat. Does that mean I’m oppressed? NO. Suck it up. It is the real world and you will face people that make you mad or make fun of you. Maybe homosexuals in a whole are oppressed, sure. But you specifically? Absolutely not.

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