I second that and object equally to the offensive generalizations about
academics. As I have friends who are professors and very conservative (I
often think them mistaken of course), I find the constant assumption that
we all have a single attitude tiresome and ignorant. And the word "left" in
this country has become as absolutely meaningless as the ridiculous
phrase "politically incorrect"--never applied to the absolutisms and
assertions of moral truth by conservatives and assumed to be SIMPLY
correct and somehow free of any "political" position.
Date sent: Mon, 13 May 2002 18:11:12 -0400
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Subject: Re: What's the frequency, Kenneth?
In a message dated Mon, 13 May 2002 2:16:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
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<<There are many Jewish professors and students, and forgive me here for
"generalizing," but I just don't believe that Jewish professors or
students would harbor views against Israel or allow anyone else to do so
in their presence. > > >Regards, > >Kate >
I will not forgive you for generalizing because you are doing so wrongly
You are saying that Jews in academia stifle viewpoints critical of Israel
and, implicitly, that they do so because they are Jewish. If you weren't
saying that you considered it a *good* thing, your assertion would fit
well in an anti-semitic rant.
It is, in any case, an offensive generalization.