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Coloring Book Flagged on Nextdoor: Hurtful

This morning we announced our Color U.S. Trumped coloring book on the neighborhood blog Next Door which reaches almost 5,500 neighbors where we live in SW Portland. The post wasn’t live long before we had some comments of support. Fast forward an hour or so and the post was flagged as “hurtful not helpful.”

Here is the post I placed for my neighbors:

Hi Neighbors,

My partner and I live with you in SW Portland — Pomona St. We have a project we want to share with our community…

We have created a Donald Trump themed coloring book called “Color U.S. Trumped”. It covers Trump’s rise from reality television star to president of the United States. The story is educational and satirical. The illustrations are for coloring and creative interaction. You can view the first 10 pages at our website (see below). We are trying to get backing for publishing through Kickstarter with an ultimate goal of offering the book to local political and social justice causes for fundraising. If you feel compelled, please share on social media. If you work for a progressive political group or social justice group and would be interested in having the coloring book at your event to sell with a healthy portion going to your cause, please get in touch with us.

You can download and color the Donald Trump “Swamp Thing” page for free from the website.

Thanks to everyone who has been fighting for the rights of others!

Sincerely, Megan & Nicole
https://colorustrumped.com

Sigh, I intentionally announced the project without being aggressive in the post. The coloring book is satirical and based on footnoted references. The only offensive language in the coloring book comes from parroting the words of Trump and his supporters. If Donald Trump’s words and actions are too hurtful when satirized just think how scary they are to us when not satirized, but actually meant!

Update: Late this afternoon the post was restored and our neighbors continued to share and wish us support! Then it was taken down again, then it was restored again. Thank you to those in SW Portland who offered support!

Wishing America well tomorrow as Betsy DeVos comes up for a vote and District 9 hears arguments considering executive action and the travel ban and secret cancellation of visas.

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