[eDebate] Future of Debate
MWBRYANT at aol.com
Mon Apr 14 21:42:36 CDT 2008
In a message dated 4/14/2008 9:04:15 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
ewarner at louisville.edu writes:
But hey, I'm just the paranoid fool who is prone to hyperbole because I
characterized my neighborhood in ways that Mike Bryant doesn't see.
1. You get mad when people add words to what you actually say.
2. I did not call you a fool, sir. Perhaps a bit paranoid and hyperbolic for
characterizing a relatively safe ethnically-mixed neighborhood (one in which
you chose to place your family!!) as the home of the Klan. But, please, do
not show me the disrespect of manipulating my words simply for the sake of
your own rhetorical strategies.
Dr. Warner I respect you, your academic achievements, coaching
accomplishments and even your obvious intellect. What I don't really respect is your
unwillingness to take the step from playing games in debate rounds to actual
social activism. When race riots break out in Louisville, as they have within
recent times in such nearby cities as Cincinnati and Indianapolis, I'm sure you
will have the comfort of pointing out that you saw it coming. And I'm also
sure that you and your family will be relatively safe in the "Klan" neighborhood
I, too, am often dismayed at the slow progress of social and cultural
evolution. Labeling Okolona, however, as the home of the Klan is as openly racist
as calling the West End the home of heroin addicts and drive-by shooters. Want
to weigh probabilities? While I am no fan of Confederate flags, do you
really think every white Southerner with a Confederate flag is a Klansman? When
have you ever seen a Klansman who wasn't on the U of L campus?
Yes, sir, your embrace of hyperbole far exceeds any real embrace of either
activism or coalition-building.
Your other insinuations don't deserve a response.
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