I apologize for the offensiveness of my language.
Nancy has made my point so much better than I did......
>An added note to Raphael: I think it would be nice if you were right about
>the efficacy of ignoring offfensive views, but I do not think you
>are. As this
>post shows, enough of that sort of thing has an impact. I believe one must
>explicitly counter it because ignoring it is a kind of normalizing or even
It's of interest, (at least to me) that 50 percent of Americans get
at least part of their news from talk radio-- and 95 percent of talk
radio hosts ascribe to views that are categorized as conservative to
extremely conservative.Rush Limbaugh, Ollie North, Bill (payola)
O'Reilly are taking over the American conversation.... Thus,
unfortunately, the views "so rudely forced" onto this list are what
a large population hears every day..... thus, even--especially?--
when they intrude in this venue, it seems important to challenge
these unfortunate ideas.
I've never had a student like Kate in my classes;( I've taught in
public and private universities and underprivileged secondary
schools) I take pride in allowing my students to voice their opinions
openly, to disagree with me . I don't try to change their minds-- I
try to teach them to argue . (Normally, we are talking about film or
literature, so the discourse is"elevated" and thus perhaps less
liable to cliche) This conversation has made me realize that I'm
unprepared for a student like Kate- how do you all handle this in
the class room?