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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
"And he's just getting started." • It's still so hard to believe that this is real life. Nearly every action seems gratuitously … evil.
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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart
I can't understand the motivations or reasoning. The only thing that makes sense is "everything that came before is tainted: burn it down!"
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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart
All progress on civil rights, any movements towards criminal justice reform, attempts to prevent or mitigate looming environmental disaster…
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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart
… carefully negotiated international relationships, reform of a broken health care system: all must urgently and wantonly be halted.
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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart
And the idea that this will somehow strengthen the US? Moral authority is as powerful a means of influence as guns and steel.
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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart
And we're throwing that away. Immigration is unambiguously an economic benefit, but, doesn't matter: do the right thing because it's right.
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Stewart Butterfield
My grandfather came from Poland between the wars, at 17, sponsored by an elder sister. Two more siblings made it. Everyone else died.
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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart
Their parents were shot in the streets & thrown in a mass grave (we believe). Their other siblings died in the camps.
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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart
Every cousin (and really, everyone they knew) was killed. That whole branch of the family tree snuffed out.
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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart
And now we want to do this to others. It's bewildering and confusing and terrifying. No idea how it ends.
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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart
I guess we all need to periodically reaffirm the obvious. All human beings are equally valuable. Black lives matter. LGBT deserve marriage.
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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart
(Just as a start, of course.) Because otherwise, maybe, we can collectively hypnotize ourselves into forgetting these fundamental truths.
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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart
And we'd lose the last few thousand years of progress towards an understanding that we are all brothers and sisters.
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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart
So yes: many of the kindest and most intelligent people I know are muslim. And even if they weren't? All equal.
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Sean Smith 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart
how could we ordinary citizens (with our own small amount of influence) take direct action to help inspire change?
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Mindless Robots 🇺🇸 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart @jguynn
real fukin dramatic. can you tweet any photos of the muslims you are currently housing?
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Mindless Robots 🇺🇸 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart @jguynn
or just let us all know what you are doing to help this fight you are personally taking up?
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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
Replying to @snsmth
Call congresspeople and get out the vote, I'd say.
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Steve Portigal 🇨🇦🇺🇸 28 Jan 17
Replying to @stewart @snsmth
Seems woefully insufficient.
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Stewart Butterfield 28 Jan 17
Replying to @MindlessRobots @jguynn
We sponsored two families from Syria to come to Canada (where there's a private sponsorship program). No photos tho.
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