Kudos to REI for not shutting down this conversation. I encountered a rather one sided post on Backpackinglight from the owners that seemed to invite conversation only to immediately censor dissenting opinions and close the thread to comments. No one person or group has a monopoly on how to fix the world and all its problem. Good intentions often lead to worse conditions. Most of us don't have time to research large issues deeply and default to opinions that fit our narrative. The ones that do are still often influenced my their own bias and still disagree amongst each other. I certainly don't want a to have to hear someone talk about their racial superiority who isn't open to discussion, but I also don't want there to be an ever expanding definition of what racist speech is and what it's ok to do to people who speak it.
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