With this being my last chance to persuade you to vote one way or another in next Tuesday’s presidential election, you might assume that I would take this opportunity to do just that. Well, dear reader, in this case, you would be wrong to make such an assumption.
Making assumptions about people is a generally bad idea. Assumptions are often based on stereotypes whose close cousins include bigotry, racism, misogyny, religious intolerance, and homophobia. These, in turn, can lead to even worse ends. Indeed, it is a mistake to make assumptions about others, especially about people you don’t know.
All too often, people assume the worst about others without ever taking the time to get to know them. Some of my more liberal friends think that all of my Trump-supporting friends must be racists, while I have been accused by some of my conservative acquaintances of being a socialist who wants to take away everyone’s guns and start a race war. These assumptions are both incorrect and ignorant, and they only serve to divide us further.
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