Exactly, why shouldn’t people find racism or sexism or poor manners offensive? Of course, there may be some difference of opinion of what constitutes those, but it’s not entirely subjective — there are some generally agreed upon parameters and when in doubt, how about asking the one who is being offended to explain why it feels that way to them. Maybe they are being overly sensitive, but I’m going to guess that in many, many cases, the one doing the offending doesn’t actually have a good leg to stand on, or could do with some education about why their comment is insensitive.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if we actually talked to each other and cared whether or not we were being needlessly hurtful to someone else?

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