Response to LinkedIn Taking Down A Post; Waiting For Their Response

The post does not violate LinkedIn’s policies in any way. It is a legitimate scholarly question about how endorsement branding caused political opinion to shift in a key audience segment. There is no question that former President Obama was considered more leftist (progressive) than the typical moderate Democrat; that he was relatively junior in Congress when he ran for President; and was (is) not Jewish. Thus Senator Schumer faced the challenge of marketing him. The Senator leveraged his own Jewishness, moderation, and often-repeated promise to “guard Israel” to gain support for Obama.

My critique makes the argument that you cannot use religion as a way of legitimizing a candidate. To do so is bigoted; a person must stand or fall on their own merits. This brings us to the frequent statement that Volodomyr Zelenskyy is Jewish, and thus cannot be implementing policies that harm Jewish people. Of course this statement is illogical. In the universe of discussion that occurs on LinkedIn, it is vitally important that we support people based on the content of their character, their skills, and their experience, and not based on labels.

Finally, as a brand expert, I am well aware of the unethical ways that branding is used, and suggest that the branding community work to remediate the excesses that have resulted in the election of leaders who are less than optimal, whoever they may be.

I kindly ask that my post be restored to LinkedIn.

Thank you for your time.

By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal (Dossy). All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.