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I sat and read JKR's extensive essay explaining her feelings about trans people. It reminded me a lot of an old friend I have who is a reformed Nazi skinhead who now gives talks about racism and cults and toxic masculinity etc. When I met him I really did understand where a lot of his racism, anger, and beliefs came from. He has very personal reasons and evidence, as does JKR, to explain why he was justified to feel what he felt about black people and gays and others.

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I DID understand his perspective and it actually made sense to me how he could come to join this group and become this type of person ... all of the things that drove him down that road and how he came to strongly hold these various beliefs. I got it. I understood him. I understand JKR too ... this is very ... very personal for her ... she makes this very clear in her essay. She explains how she got to this place of beliefs VERY clearly.

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It is perfectly within her right just as it was my friends ... to BELIEVE how she BELIEVES and defend how she believes especially since, clearly, she has a ton of emotional and psychological reasons for reacting the way she does to trans people and anything that doesn't fit into the boxes she needs them to fit into. She backs all of her beliefs up fully and I get where she is coming from ...

... it doesn't make it ok.

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Plenty of KKK members could probably write essays that very similarly document their beliefs, how they got there, why they believe them and even site evidence to explain why they are right in their stances too ... and yes ... I could probably nod just as I did listening to my skinhead friend and say ... yes ... I understand ... and yes I get where you feel this way and why ...

... but that still won't make it OK or right ... or truth.

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My biggest takeaway after finishing her essay and after really understanding how DEEPLY personal this was for her ... I found myself wondering one thing above all ...

... why is ANY of what these other people are choosing to do with their own lives any of your damn business and why have you chosen it, on top of everything you could have chosen, to throw away your legacy on?

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There is something quite deep going on ... just like there was for my friend ... it wasn't just simply that he hated blacks or gays ... nothing is ever that simple. There is always more underneath. All the factors that drove him to that life, all the things to figured into who he became as a young man, all the influences and pain he experienced that shaped him etc ... there were many reasons and almost NONE of those reasons were just "he hated black people".

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Something I remember clearly getting to know him was more about what these people represented to him ... what their existence meant to him and how it altered his view of what he thought the world was or should be ... THAT was very telling and I was reminded of that reading JKR's essay. It came through so clearly in how personal she made it ... how she tied so much of it to her own experiences as a woman ... how she says it invalidates her ENTIRE LIFE as a woman ...

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... it shows me she needs a lot of help in dealing with these issues she has ... that there is a lot of deep emotion and psychology behind this hill she chooses to die on ...

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I actually do appreciate that she finally penned some long essay and explained and expressed herself beyond just all the random shitty tweets she's been throwing out. It takes a lot of strength to stand up and beat your chest and declare your stance, your beliefs, your understandings to a mob of people that are ready to stone you. At least she's made it clear exactly where she stands and why ... at least she's shown the full extent of her psychology on the matter.

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