When I started writing for my campus newspaper’s opinion section, I was the first conservative voice to feature on their op-ed page in any meaningful way in years.
Suffice it to say my columns were not well received. I was met with hundreds of hateful comments on every article, called every name in the book, sent hate mail, and had my life threatened on numerous occasions. My detractors even came up with a hashtag, #BradIsBad, that locally trended on Facebook when my articles were released. I also became a pariah within the gay community on campus, making dating as a young, gay conservative quite difficult.
But guess what? It was not the end of the world. I was hardly victimized, and my life wasn’t negatively impacted in much of a meaningful way long-term.
And that was as an outspoken columnist and advocate on one of the most left-wing public schools in the country (UMass is the only majority-Marxist economics department in the U.S.).