Yeah, yeah, I know the drill. I'll be in the process of making a new friend or in the middle of a classroom discussion and all of a sudden, I'm forced to "come out" of the political closet as a conservative. This shouldn't be such a big deal. We live in a country where different view points and ideals are supposed to be celebrated. I should not be embarrassed about my own political views, and I should not be forced to try to hide them for fear of being labeled and stereotyped as things that I am not.
Yes, I am a very proud millennial Republican. I represent a very small part of our large generation, though sometimes I question how small our group really is. Are there really so few millennials with conservative viewpoints, or are people seriously afraid to speak their truth? I respect my liberal peers and their rights to their own views, and I appreciate those of them who respect me in the same way. However, I do not respect those peers that automatically label me a "racist" or a "bigot" because I am proudly pro-life and I believe in limited government. It makes no sense.
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I was afraid to speak my mind in high school when we discussed current events in this one particular class. My fear was by no means the teacher's fault, as she encouraged open debate and everyone to voice their opinion. However, my fear to say what I believed in was brought upon by my own classmates. How sad is that? I opened my mouth one time, and it was the only time I ever did, because I was automatically shut down by a group of three girls who called me uneducated the moment I said a word. I was uneducated because my belief was different than theirs. Crazy, right?
It's just not okay. Why should we on the right be forced to be tolerant of other's views and beliefs and then not be given the same respect? I don't experience this intolerance from every liberal person, and it would be a completely unfair generalization to say so. I just wish that there was a way for conservatives to not be seen as a group of stupid racists. Are there stupid, racist, bigoted conservatives? Of course there are. I do not by any means agree with every word that is spoken by every person who identifies as a Republican.
So, to the people who put all conservatives in a group, just as you ask us not to do with different people on the left:
Take time to hear us out before you automatically assume we're just like Donald Trump. People can believe different things than you and still be decent, compassionate humans. Republicans as a whole are not racists. There are racist Republicans, but they do not make up the majority of the Party. Stop stereotyping us, because most of us honestly don't stereotype you. Don't make me apologize for my beliefs in the land of the free.