I hope it’s ok that I respond here, since it’s on the forums. If not, feel free to delete it. I'm ok with that too.
I think you have some good points here and we could all benefit from the read. Acceptance and tolerance are so subjective that I think it’s not fair to try to define them universally. The thresholds for each are going to be different with different people. Those can be adjusted, of course, based on experiences, as they have for me.
Keeping an open mind is difficult to do, despite our best intentions. It’s a struggle that good people are willing to take on. Even when we think we’re in the clear, sometimes we’re not. I wanted to point out something you wrote and have you try to look at it from a different angle. The guy with the swastika patch. You said you didn’t agree with his views. What were his views? Did you ask him? While we all know what the swastika means to certain hate groups, there are other people who actually wear the swastika to represent some of its original meanings. It’s a shame that Nazi Germany used that emblem for what they used it for, but that was all part of the marketing to get more buy-in from the folk.
I get judged all the time because of how I look. I’m a white guy with a shaved head with tattoos, a full beard, who rides a motorcycle, and wears emblems dating back to my Indo-Germanic Ancestry. I do get asked frequently if I’m a “skin head.” Nope. I’m not. I shave my head because I ride a motorcycle and my hair is curly so if it gets messed up, it looks ridiculous the rest of the day. I have equal respect and admiration for all cultures.
Anyway, thanks for the discussion. I like seeing what other people see.