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Petitioning President, University of Michigan

Sanction Susan J. Douglas

"It’s Okay To Hate Republicans" is a recent article written by Prof. Susan J. Douglas and originally published on the website inthesetimes.com. In the article, Prof. Douglas espouses how Republicans are (ironically) completely intolerant of those with opposing views. In previous articles, Prof. Douglas has called the Republicans "dangerous" "fanatical bums" who are "ignorant" of any real issue.

Posting or writing as a private person on the internet should be tolerated. However, when she adds her professional credentials as "professor of communications at the University of Michigan" it raises her speech to a higher level.

The University of Michigan should not tolerate hate speech of any kind. These values are codified throughout various rules and regulations at the University:

"Our many and varied voices must all be heard and equally valued." -- Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph. D., U-M President.

"The Employer will take proactive measures to ensure that Employees are treated without discrimination because of ... political persuasion or affiliation... Discriminatory harassment is a form of discrimination." U-M LEO Contract

"The University of Michigan encourages diversity, and resolves to provide equal opportunity regardless of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and other irrelevant criteria." - U-M Facility Use Agreement

It is NOT okay to hate a group of people because of what they believe (or worse, what you think they believe). And it is not okay to tolerate this behavior of Prof. Douglas.

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