Yesterday Emily, the Executive Director of the county Historical Society, sent out a press release announcing a "brown bag" talk by an anthropologist we've scheduled for next week. She received and forwarded to me a terse response from the editor of a newspaper serving a town about an hour's drive from Bemidji. The unsigned note said simply, "Hello, I automatically ignore any email that includes 'preferred pronouns'." Emily was shocked and completely taken by surprise. Another Board member she shared it with was "furious -- contemplating ways of public shaming them". I'm the Board President this year, so I offered to write a response that focused on the idea that the editor was "deliberately restricting their constituents’ access to information they may find valuable based on an expression of their own identity politics."

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