Voter-shaming has no place in free, democratic society

Bullying and intimidation can take many forms. In person and online, our youth and adults alike can be subjected to ridicule, put-downs and shaming. The recent trend is to call out such “shaming” behaviors — such as “fat-shaming” or “body-shaming” — and hold those perpetrating it responsible and accountable.

Our children have been carefully taught to respect everyone, that each of us matters even with our apparent differences; each of us is entitled to our opinions, how we look, how we dress. We must respect our faiths and orientations. So it’s appalling to see how all those principles have been tossed out the window when it comes to the political atmosphere we are witnessing after the presidential election.

Voter-shaming has arrived and reared its ugly head, en mass. Is this the new rally cry of intolerance and you-have-to-think like-us mentality? This is a free, democratic country, with laws that protect our freedom of speech as well as laws prohibiting discrimination (such as in California and New York) due to political affiliation. Vote-shamers should not be exempt from their fascist and mind-control tendencies.

Parents, fellow students, teachers and employers: Have you fought against bullying? Fought against fat-shaming? Then stop being a hypocrite and stop voter-shaming.

Richie Greenberg is a San Francisco resident.

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