Tougaw: Stop using the word ‘tolerance.’ It’s dead and we all killed it.

Taylor Tougaw

Tolerance used to be a nice little word until we all killed it. It’s the people who call themselves the most tolerant that usually are the furthest thing from that.

Let me paint you a little mental picture of what I saw on campus in the measly two hours I was there on Friday. First, a Bernie Sanders supporter with a man bun was walking around campus passing out flyers shouting “help stop Trump!” At his booth in the plaza was a pinata of Donald Trump. For those that don’t know what you do with pinatas, you generally smash them really hard with a bat until their insides fall out. These are generally reserved for four year old’s birthday parties or, it seems, Bernie Sanders supporters. Can you imagine the outrage if someone had a Hillary Clinton pinata, or God forbid, a Barack Obama Pinata? But I guess since Trump is an old rich white guy that makes it okay.


I then witnessed one of your stereotypical white male campus preachers shouting down the sidewalk, only to be confronted by some kid with long hair and a Hillary Clinton button on his satchel. Satchel kid starts yelling at the preacher, who in turn yells back. And you know what they were both yelling at each other? They both were quite literally saying “Why cant you just accept me. Why cant we just love one another!”

Which brings me to the crux of this hilarious problem. Progressives love to yell that they are the most tolerant people in the world, unless you’re a white Christian male. Conservatives love to say that they just want to leave everyone alone, unless you’re gay, having sex, smoking weed, etc. Neither side is tolerant by any means.

As I left school for that day, a crowd had gathered around campus preacher man. There was some girl in the middle of the crowd with headphones on, dancing in an absolutely cringe worthy fashion in front of the man about six inches away from his face in obvious protest. I find this hilarious not only because people think that you can protest someone who clearly doesn’t listen to reason, but also because the Christian preachers get shut down in the name of tolerance.

I wonder who would protest if there was a Muslim rally on campus. Probably a lot less people than protest the Christians. Even if there were a protest, do you think the majority of students would encircle the protester and clap and cheer them on? Again, doubtful. But you can do it to the Christians because…tolerance?

The media sure doesn’t help either. Did you watch the Comedy Central roast of Rob Lowe? If you did, you’ll know that Lowe didn’t get roasted at all. Instead, the attention got diverted to Ann Coulter, a conservative female political and social commentator. 2016 is supposed to be the year of women’s rights and women’s progress. Unless you’re a conservative woman, that is, and then its okay to say things like “Ann Coulter is one of the most hateful, ignorant, hatchet faced bitches alive, but its not too late to change Ann. You could kill yourself” which is one of the many statements thrown her way by ‘tolerant’ people.

It gets better! Now at California State University Los Angeles, black students get to enroll in black only dorms in the name of progress. Didn’t we fight against the same thing in the sixties? Oh and my personal favorite, courtesy of the Huffington Post, one of the most ‘tolerant’ ‘news’ organizations online, who posted an article called If You Don’t Vote Democrat This November, Then F*ck You.

Just to rag on both sides, a conservative pastor recently said at a high school stadium full of people that those who kneel for the national anthem should be shot, which is ironic coming from the people that supposedly want to leave everyone else alone.

At this point, I’m sure many people are expecting me to say something cheesy, like “why cant we all get along?” or “It’s up to us to fix it!” Well, I’m not going to say that because nobody cares and lets be real, that’s usually a load of crap.

Tolerance used to mean actually being tolerant of viewpoints that you legitimately disagreed with. Now it just means that whoever can shout “I’m the most tolerant” the loudest wins.