[eDebate] Knowing when NOT to debate
Wed Apr 9 00:06:14 CDT 2008
"Too bad that NDT victory couldn't get you into Iowa Law. Can't win 'em all, champ." : http://www.ndtceda.com/pipermail/edebate/2008-April/074649.html
allow me to be the first to write, OH SNAP!
also, i hoped to contribute a rhetorical question of my own...
**isn't it amazing the lengths some people will go to to avoid talking about race?**
two pertinent examples from the recent conversation come to mind:
_ scott elliott - internationally known for his socialist acumen - actually wrote (http://www.ndtceda.com/pipermail/edebate/2008-April/074595.html), "I think Marxist theory may be a better explantion of what is going on."
_ duane hyland offered a more typical explanation (http://www.ndtceda.com/pipermail/edebate/2008-April/074626.html), "I've found that [16-year-olds] will beg, borrow, steal, cheat, lie, and just
about stab their own sweet mother if they think its going to give them a leg up."
so rather than take anti-racism seriously today, even conservatives are willing to discuss class hierarchy, and rather than consider hostile reactions to anti-racism as potentially racially-motivated, even teachers are willing to accuse their students of familial homicide (...one hopes in jest).
while others are more qualified to point out the significant intersections between ethnic and economic privilege, i'll simply add that we should all know by now that ascriptive traits such as race,
gender, and age offer no reason to cast derogatory aspersions on entire
groups of individuals and that the vile bigotry against young people promulgated by the likes of mr. hyland has no place in serious public discussion.
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