Activists managed to kill a proposal to build a memorial at the University of Georgia honoring those who had lost their lives in military service because it wouldn't have been inclusive enough for modern tastes, UGA's Red and Black newspaper reported.
Laura Chason, a student representative on the University Council's Executive Committee, which voted against the proposal, said: "It's called a peace memorial. (But) it's a war memorial. A war memorial by its nature is going to exclude someone on this campus — females, non-Anglo males, African-Americans, homosexuals, and international students."
Chason argued that, for the memorial to be more inclusive, service to other nations and in organizations like the Peace Corps should be honored.
'Christian' Valentines Strike Sour Note at School
The parents of an 8-year-old Wisconsin girl who was told she couldn't hand out Valentine's Day cards at school because they celebrated Jesus sued the school last week — alleging it violated her constitutional right to free expression, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
The Kettle Moraine School District maintains that because the homemade cards included such phrases as "Jesus Loves You" and "Freely Rely on God," they improperly crossed over the line separating church and state.
Last fall, Morgan Nyman was forced to take back Halloween candy she had given to classmates because the candy was attached to a religious tract that also featured the words: "Costumes are cool but heaven is awesome."
(Thanks to Daniel P.)
Tom Daschle Will Be Devastated
Some San Diego city officials want to get rid of the term "minority," the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The City Council will consider a proposal to stop using the word in city government when referring to women or ethnic groups. Mayor Dick Murphy and several City Council members say calling someone "a minority" is insulting and implies inferiority.
The San Diego Unified School District already has adopted a policy of avoiding the use of the words "majority" and "minority" when referring to racial and ethnic groups.
(Thanks to Justin R.)
Campus Heroes ...
Bucking the trend set by other Ivy League student papers, the editors of the Brown Daily Herald published David Horowitz's now-infamous anti-slave reparations ad. And they didn't apologize, even when gangs of "student groups" marched around campus stealing the entire press run in an effort to suppress ideas they didn't like.
The editor of the Daily Herald had another go at it and succeeded. Campus police had to escort the delivery of another press run a day later. The paper's management even refused a minority student groups' demand for a free page of advertising, and refused a request to donate to a campus minority fund the $725 paid by Horowitz.
Brown's president stood by the students. "The most effective response to ideas — even to ideas that may be deeply offensive — is not to silence them or intimidate those who espouse or publish them," Interim President Sheila Blumstein said in a statement, "but rather to develop effective opposing arguments through wider civil discourse."
... and Villains
Asian-American students at Harvard marched on the student paper there, The Crimson, to protest an article they said used "hurtful language" and perpetuated racist attitudes, the Boston Globe reported.
The article, by Harvard sophomore Justin Fong — a sixth-generation Asian-American — criticized Asian students on campus for what he called their "self-segregation" on campus. Fong said it was intended to be a parody of Asian stereotypes.
But protestors likened it to Ku Klux Klan propaganda. Seng Dao Yang, a protest organizer, said it was not a First Amendment issue. He said it was an issue of ethnic respect. "We fully support freedom of speech and freedom of the press, but we believe the article ... is not acceptable,'' Yang said.
The protestors demanded that the newspaper apologize. In an editorial, the paper expressed regret that the "piece was not edited more judiciously."
Quote of the Week:
"In some of its more lunatic aspects, political correctness is merely ridiculous. But in the thinking behind it, there is something more sinister which is shown by the fact that already there are certain areas and topics where freedom of speech, in the sense of the right to open and frank discussion, is being gradually but significantly eroded."
— Retiring Judge Neil Denison, who as Common Serjeant of London since 1993 was one of Britain's most prominent judges, as quoted by the London Daily Telegraph.
From the Central Servers:
Arlen L. writes re the first-grader in trouble for kissing the girls:
I wonder if those emotionally constipated school authorities would have their knickers in such a twist if this "great" kid were trying to kiss the boys rather than the girls. Now THAT they would applaud as a form of gender education.
Frank N. says re Jane Fonda's lecture to her granddaughter:
I believe her grand-daughter was heard to say, "Get a life, Grandma!"
Pascal L. in Phoenix writes re indoctrination in Colorado:
As a CU-Boulder business grad student I spent hours in education department seminars (classes) being stared down and, on occasion, shouted down for trying to inject alternate point-of-view discussion into an ostensibly "liberal" academic environment.
The epitome of the suffocating left-wing pseudo-compassionate dogma reared its ugly head one night immediately after it was revealed Reagan had Alzheimer's disease. In response to "Did you hear Reagan has Alzheimer's?" one of the generous hearted future-curriculum-developers responded "We've know that since 1980," to thunderous applause and laughter.
Similarly, in a discussion about the Religious Right during which my fellow students were veritably spitting their assessments, I asked them if they weren't being a bit closed-minded. Their response, said with neither irony or wit; "Hmmm, can you be tolerant of the intolerant?"
Jeffrey M., Ph.D., writes:
In response to the list submitted by "Jim P. in New Jersey" of sports team names that are potentially offensive to various ethnic, religious, and professional groups, I wonder how many of those groups that he lists have...
• had treaties, agreements, and contracts with them systematically broken, cancelled, or abrogated?
• had unemployment, alcoholism, suicide, poverty, disease, and infant mortality rates far in excess to their proportion in the population as a result, at least in part, of systematic, de jure, de facto, and institutional prejudice, discrimination, and segregation?
• had their culture, beliefs, role in history and contributions to world culture ignored, minimized, distorted, or appropriated?
• been the subject of deliberate and systematic individual, state and government-sponsored conquest, genocide, expulsion, slavery and assimilation directed at their culture and people?
• have had to explain to their children why they are consistently portrayed as cartoon-like, ignorant, lazy, not very bright and generally needful of Anglo-European values, beliefs, and customs.
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