Today I see the CEO of GrubHub, a food delivery app, has addressed the situation that has all been weighing on our shoulders.
Today he sent a letter to employee to inform everyone that GrubHub is a safe space for people of all religions, ethnic minorities, sexual orientations, etc. Anyone who does not share this view (anyone who shared the view of the president-elect) could reply with their resignation.
Two thoughts on this: First, the president-elect (I will not say his name) is already creating jobs at the expense of his own followers in the case of GrubHub, and I can only find that somewhat ironic.
Second, GrubHub CEO is toeing a dangerous line. That line has everything to do with, how tolerant should we be of intolerance. I don't think people should lose their jobs over their believes, per se, but lets take a step back for a second to look at this issue globally.
The end of WWII did not see the end of the Nazi Party, in fact the Nazi Party still exists in Germany today. As a democracy they have every right to not only exist, but to actively disseminate their beliefs and try to grow their party. This party isn't called "Nazi" but the National Democratic Party of Germany. That title, I can only assume is their sense of irony. Despite the existence of a political party that actively proclaims and endorses many of Adolf Hitlers ideas and policies, there are restrictions. For instance, by German law, Strafgesetzbuch section 86a, states that the use of certain symbols representative of the Third Reich are against the law, as is producing propaganda and materials with these symbols. And if you ever thought the confederate flag was much-ado-about-nothing, you'll find "Modern display of the Confederate Flag" under the "see also" section of the Wiki page I got all this info from--yeah, it's on the same level.
So, yes, people in a democracy are entitled to their believes, but there is a limit. If your believe is minorities are the problem, and if they, "went away," that would make your life better, and then your actions, spurred by this belief hurts people--or leads others to hurt people--then you are no longer entitled to that believe, or your freedom of speech. I can say the The National Democratic Party of Germany are fascist pigs, and that's part of my right, but if I incited violence against them--that's a crime.
The GrubHub CEO has taken a stand against intolerance. Basically, he's said, "you belong in the company, if you believe everyone here belongs here." This is not the same as inciting violence, demeaning people because of their nationality, their skin tone, their sexual orientation. This has everything to do with the limitations of what freedom of speech and expression look like. The private sector can make a real statement if other companies follow GrubHub's example. I believe we've come to a point where we must acknowledge the intolerance we have for those who are intolerance, and reconcile our own beliefs with this situation. Hateful rhetoric should have limits imposed upon it, just as in Germany.
Stay safe out there.