Hi Gregory,

This is not, by a long way, the first online platform I've used that purported to offer a wide range of good quality content across a wide range of political, philosophical, technical and cultural topics, and therefore it is not the first to be managed by people who seem to have a commercial deahth wish.

I first came to the side, by accident in a way, around three years ago when Mr. Kapernik's "taking the knee" was causing controversy and one of the first comments I posted was an atempt to explain to someone ranting about Kapernnik's critics (including his employer) being racists, white supremacists and the usual rubbish.

Avoiding the temptation to point out that "taking the knee" or kneeling as it was known until Game of Thrones became popular, is a symbol of surrender and servitude (well I was new here I didn't want to get into a big fight right from kickoff,) a vassal goes down on one knee and swaers an oath of fidelity to his leige lord. I simply said that an NFL team is a business, and one we should at least assume draws its paying customers from across the political spectrum. And no business wants to drive away half of its potential customers (except maybe new media platforms - sic)

Every employee signs a contract, NFL players are no exception. And somewhere in the small print will be a clause in legal jargon that says in effect, "When you clock on leave your politics at hime."

WOW, the intense hatred expressed in replies I received was astounding.

I didn't take much notice of Medium for around a year, not because of that although it did set a tone for the site, but I had a lot of oither things going on in my life at that time. But when I did decide to get involved properly my experience was similar to most other conservative / libertarian / non aligned contributors and as you say, since the George Floyd killing the majority of articles I see are overtly racist and rather than being promoted ought to be rejected because by any reasonable definition of the term they qualify as hate speech.

I'd like to think your article might serve as a heads up to the site managers as to how they can avoid going the same way as Gather, Triond, Helium, Bubblews and many others, but maybe you hve noticed as I have that the far left mindset has no turning mechanism and so can only ever go further in the same direction.

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