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Jake Smith 
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Re: “Burlington Council Candidate’s Discrimination Charge Disputed

I'm curious whether Attorney John Franco believes there is *ever* a scenario in which a white supervisor may fire a black employee for performance issues or otherwise, or whether it is even possible, in Franco's mind, for a black Muslim male to act in a sex-based discriminatory manner towards a white female.

It should be argued, of course, that Muslims are people, too, who are capable of excellent and poor performance, just like everyone else. Muslims are people, too, who are capable of treating people with dignity or with discrimination, just like everyone else. Abdullah may or may not be justified in his lawsuit; a Court will determine that based on the facts. But blatantly false are any assertions that black/Muslim/immigrant individuals cannot be fired for their performance, or that Muslim individuals should get a free pass on sexual harassment based on their race/religion/immigration status.

Essentially, you have women complaining of sexual harassment, so are you claiming an exemption for the accused based on his race/religion/immigration status? Are you actually going so far as to account entirely for the women's stories as mere perception based on racial discrimination?"

If this is your claim, aren't you blaming the victims? If so, this gives liberals a terrible name and cements the rabid Right's platform. That doesnt help our cause as rational liberals, instead reducing us to our most extreme and unreasonable.

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Posted by Jake Smith on 02/28/2017 at 1:47 PM

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