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Letter: ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ Ideas

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To the Editor:

Re “Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web” (Op-Ed, nytimes.com, May 8):

The “dangerous” ideas put forth by the people in Bari Weiss’s article are no longer discussed because we have collectively agreed that they are wrong.

For example, one of the popular author Sam Harris’s “dangerous” ideas is that Muslims and people who look like them should be racially profiled. This idea is not discussed because we collectively agree that it is wrong.

Similarly, one of the conservative commentator Ben Shapiro’s “dangerous” ideas is that “Arabs like to bomb crap and live in open sewage.” This idea is not discussed because we collectively agree that it is wrong — and not merely wrong insofar as it is not factual but insofar as it is unapologetically racist.

Ms. Weiss notes that “a decade ago … none of these observations would have been considered taboo.” I for one am thankful that we now live in a world where racial profiling, Islamophobia and racism are considered taboo.

SUSAN FOWLER, BERKELEY, CALIF.

The writer is the Silicon Valley engineer who exposed sexual harassment at Uber.

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