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OpinionMy time among the Deplorables

November 30, 2017332 min

“You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.” These words, uttered by Hillary Clinton at a fundraiser on Sept. 9, 2016, are some of the most infamous of the 2016 campaign. They sparked an immediate backlash and the term “deplorable” was proudly adopted by Trump and his supporters as a badge of pride and a rallying cry....

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It doesn’t matter what sort of activism, agitation, provocation or even publishing you engage in. No matter what, your efforts will upset others and invite criticism. Things can get ugly, but the best thing to do is roll with the punches, reflect on your position and either adjust or defend it with vigor. The worst thing you can do is accept defeat, roll over and walk back on your efforts simply because you expressed a...

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Progressives “” people who care about social justice “” have a public relations problem of our own making. After more than 20 years practicing and studying public relations, I know a crisis when I see one. We have forgotten our goals concerning human rights, and instead we’re hyper-policing language and identity. We are busy filling up our metaphorical prisons, sealing our mouths shut lest we say the wrong words, while the actual imprisonment of the...