If you don’t support progressive policies, don’t bother being nice, a female student at Villanova says in an open letter to her classmate.
Valeria Alvarado, a self-described “tired brown girl,” penned an open letter to a classmate who picked up her dropped pen, taking the anonymous helper to task for what she said were his “racist” Facebook posts supporting some of President Donald Trump’s policies.
The student in question, according to Alvarado, has been more than a decent human being, helping her catch errant writing utensils, holding the door open for her occasionally, and even letting her use his notes when she was out sick.
But he is also friends with Alvarado on Facebook, where she sees him arguing about immigration and Trump’s refugee policies with other students. Since he’s on the opposite side of these issues from her, he’s clearly a racist just trying to hide his beliefs behind a thin veneer of chivalry—and she’s calling him out in a friendly Internet publication, the Huffington Post.
She doesn’t want to be friends with you, okay? And if anyone else on Facebook or at Villanova has these same disagreeable thoughts, you can just forget about being friends with her, too—and please don’t say “good morning,” wish her a “Happy Birthday,” says “Bless You” after she sneezes, compliment her shirt, or probably make eye contact with her when she’s in your general vicinity.
Weirdly, it’s not clear any of the targets of Alvarado’s open letter are itching to be friends with her. After all, she sounds like she’s a blast at parties.
Weirder still, while Alvarado sees racism in her classmate’s every action, she does not seem to note that making snap decisions about others is a form of discrimination in itself.