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Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:42 AM

Duke grads Open Letter to Stephen Miller


To Stephen Miller, Duke University Class of 2007,
Our class’s upcoming ten-year reunion serves as an occasion to reflect on how much has changed since we left campus. After graduation, some of us remained in Durham and some of us moved to Dar es Salaam. Some embarked on medical school and some started novels. We can now be found in every type of professional field in every corner of the globe—but no matter who or where we are, we’ve striven to embody the ideals instilled in us by our Duke education.

You have also accomplished much. As a Senior Advisor to President Donald J. Trump, you have ascended to the very peak of American policy-making and have gained the power to influence not just hundreds of millions of Americans, but the lives of people around the world. And yet we find it impossible to see in your words and actions any glimmer of the university values we so cherish, nor the slightest suggestion that you spent four of your most formative years at the same dynamic, diverse institution of higher education we did.

Surely you lived, as we did, in the same Duke quads as migrants and refugees, people who came to our school after childhoods of horrific hardship, people who sought American shores for the promise of safety and opportunity their native homes could not deliver. How is it, then, that as a global refugee crisis continues to unfold you can play such a central role in the executive order banning innocent refugees and the citizens of seven majority Muslim countries?

Surely you had classes where young women were the leading lights of seminars and discussions, women who have now gone on to achieve success in the law, in business, in academia, in the arts, in medicine, in politics. How, then, can you contribute to an administration that overlooks women for cabinet posts, advisory roles, and judgeships, that speaks and acts as though women lack sufficient agency to make decisions about their own families and bodies?

Read the whole letter here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9JDRbGYhkAEMJ3hFlypzanVEi9lFEYQfDXD1XX3g_3RInDw/viewform?c=0&w=1

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Reply Duke grads Open Letter to Stephen Miller (Original post)
DesertRat Feb 17 OP
Turbineguy Feb 17 #1
dalton99a Feb 17 #3
Marcuse Feb 17 #17
unc70 Feb 17 #2
moda253 Feb 17 #4
smirkymonkey Feb 17 #5
grantcart Feb 17 #13
DURHAM D Feb 17 #6
iluvtennis Feb 17 #7
PatrickforO Feb 17 #8
saidsimplesimon Feb 17 #9
MyOwnPeace Feb 17 #10
Bernardo de La Paz Feb 17 #11
Dark n Stormy Knight Feb 17 #19
longship Feb 18 #21
world wide wally Feb 18 #23
Rstrstx Feb 18 #24
Dark n Stormy Knight Feb 18 #29
heaven05 Feb 17 #12
BeckyDem Feb 17 #18
Hassin Bin Sober Feb 18 #26
BeckyDem Feb 18 #28
Pacifist Patriot Feb 17 #14
PCIntern Feb 17 #15
logosoco Feb 17 #16
applegrove Feb 18 #20
Cha Feb 18 #22
applegrove Feb 18 #25
Hassin Bin Sober Feb 18 #27

Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:46 AM

1. I wonder if anybody

wrote Hitler a letter asking him to be nice.

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:59 AM

3. Gandhi did.

At least twice, I believe.

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 03:17 PM

17. 1939

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:56 AM

2. This Tar Heel salutes those Duke alumni

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:03 PM

4. Great letter and probably

Great letter and probably more for others to read than it's intended recipient. But honestly these people will never be deterred by being asked to do the right thing. People like miller are at their core drunk on power and they are evil. There's not ever going to be a moment where a hallmark moment gives them a change of heart, or makes them change position. They are set in motion and will continue moving in that direction until they are stopped.

Legally it appears that there is little we are going to be able to do. Unless the IC takes them down and I'm not even sure that is possible at this point, it is going to be up to the people to stop this one way or another. I don't even know what that looks like or what that entails, but this administration is going to get us killed. Their actions are already putting many people in danger if not worse. Before they are done they will have all of us cooked.

The letters and the calls are important to be sure. I just think that in the end we are going to have to force their hand. Somehow.

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:04 PM

5. Wow, great letter and I am amazed at the amount of signatures!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 01:54 PM

13. wow you aren't kidding

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:10 PM

6. I quickly looked down the list for two young women

I expected to find on the list. Sure enough...they stood up.

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:36 PM

7. Thanks for this post. Very heartwarming.

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:45 PM

8. This Buffalo salutes the Blue Devils!

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 01:16 PM

9. Thanks Desert

Thank you, Duke Alumni, we all know rump can't read. Hopefully, your list includes at least a few Republicans who have the courage to stand up.

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 01:23 PM

10. Congratulations!

What a marvelous tribute to an outstanding University - way to go, Alumni!!!!!!

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 01:30 PM

11. Stephen Miller looks disturbingly like Goebbels, disturbing because of his role as spokesperson. .nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 03:36 PM

19. Those cold dark eyes...


Surprisingly, as a profile in the Los Angeles Times last month pointed out, Miller is a graduate of Santa Monica High School, the almost comically left-leaning enclave of California-style Californiaism. Even back then, Miller's politics as "the student body's best-known and least-liked conservative activist" were retrograde and unpopular, only without the imprimatur of the office of the presidency behind them.

The inclusive, multi-cultural atmosphere of the school irked Miller, as many of his fellow classmates at the time have said, and it was something he wasn't afraid of making known. A video from the spring of 2002 that uncovered by Unvision shows Miller running in a student body election, expressing an attitude toward the largely Latino support staff that would serve as foreshadowing for this administration.

"Hi, I'm Stephen Miller, some of you may or may not know who I am," he begins. "We're not talking about that right now. I'm the only candidate up here who stands out. I would say and I would do things that no one else in their right mind would say or do. Am I the only one who is sick and tired of being told to pick up our trash when we have plenty of janitors who are paid to do it for us?"
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a53213/stephen-miller-cobrasnake/

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #19)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 04:35 AM

21. Lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes!


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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #19)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 04:51 AM

23. I went to high school with a guy that has recently been profiled in a national magazine for being

am exceptionally prolific poster to blogs. The article was about how some people have learned to post robotic responses to liberal posts.

All technology aside, my post is about the person.
Daniel J Sobiesky was probably the most hated kid in our high school. He would tattle on everything he saw that he didn't like every chance he got. Even the principal thought he was a pain in the ass.
I remember seeing one of the most offensive things in my life in Kelly HS (Chicago) when Daniel was walking down in the hall in his full ROTC uniform (just because he had it... no event or special occasion to wear it) and people were actually spitting lugies on his head.
I though this was pretty despicable and then learned more about Daniel J Sobieski and understood why everyone hated him.
He is cut from the same cloth as Stephen Miller.

Revenge of the Nerds

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #19)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 05:25 AM

24. The Great Stephen

Why do I always feel like he really wanted to be a hypnotist but couldn't get hired anywhere?

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Response to Rstrstx (Reply #24)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 11:17 AM

29. But that's just why they welcomed him aboard the Trump Train,

they're hoping he can hypnotize people in to believing utter bullshit.

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 01:33 PM

12. at 15 years old

steven, the budding goebbels, miller was living in Santa Monica and at that age was known to have been ranting and raving, in high school mind you and ANYWHERE people listened, about the hispanic problem in HIS high school.. this from someone who went to high school with him, that I talked with the other evening. Why people aren't delving into his past is beyond me.

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 03:19 PM

18. omg his history goes way back. Sick, very sick.

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Response to BeckyDem (Reply #18)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 06:08 AM

26. Yep.

http://www.univision.com/univision-news/politics/how-white-house-advisor-stephen-miller-went-from-pestering-hispanic-students-to-designing-trumps-immigration-policy

How White House advisor Stephen Miller went from pestering Hispanic students to designing Trump's immigration policy
The president's young adviser was a provocateur in his California high school, where he was hostile to Latinos and other minorities. Stephen Miller wrote in his high school yearbook: "There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country."

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #26)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 09:27 AM

28. Awful. I never heard of this guy until Trump became president.

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 01:56 PM

14. Brilliant!

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 02:04 PM

15. "How?" They may ask?

Because he's a fucking sociopath.

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 02:28 PM

16. how wonderful these people got together to make this

eloquent statement.
Power of people.
Power of education.
Sometimes even institutes of knowledge can't get the hate out of people like Miller.

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 01:08 AM

20. Malcolm Nance called him baby Goebbels.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #20)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 04:38 AM

22. Yeah, from what I saw of him he acted like it.

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Response to Cha (Reply #22)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 05:47 AM

25. I want to say dead eyes. And yet there was something lurking in those eyes.

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Response to Cha (Reply #22)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 06:11 AM

27. I had never heard of him until last week.

Not knowing a thing about him, I took one look and said "he must be one of Bannon's" and "hundred bucks says he has a swastika tattoo somewhere on his body"

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