Regarding tolerance, Americans have been typicallyA. less supportive of extending rights to unpopular groups.B. very intolerant of extending civil liberties since 9/11.C. extremely tolerant of all...

Regarding tolerance, Americans have been typically
A. less supportive of extending rights to unpopular groups.
B. very intolerant of extending civil liberties since 9/11.
C. extremely tolerant of all different viewpoints.
D. unwilling to share their views on tolerance.
E. less tolerant the more educated they are.

 

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In general, people in the United States have been less supportive of extending rights to unpopular groups.  This is not surprising as most people would naturally not mind if people they like have rights but would be less eager to support the rights of those that they dislike.  We have seen this dynamic at work at various times in history.  For example, people were not eager to extend free speech rights to communists in the 1950s.  They were not eager to extend any rights to gay people in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.  They are not eager to extend rights to Muslims today.  These are all groups that are or were unpopular.  Because Americans have often felt this way, it is accurate to say that they have been less supportive of extending rights to unpopular groups and Option A is the correct answer.

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