Readers respond: The age of identity politics

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis.
FILE – In this Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis. (

I commend the two Grant High School students, Caiden D. Reid (“I’m a Grant student who’s been berated for my views,” July 23) and Oliver Kline (“Really? None of the 1,500 kids in my school leans conservative?,” July 15), for their well-written and insightful articles submitted to The Oregonian/OregonLive. They should know, however, that it wasn’t too long ago, before these young men were born, the conservative side took very strident positions in marginalizing liberal views going back to the 1980s and early ’90s. Back then, “liberal” was a dirty word, and liberals were branded as anti-faith,…

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