You are quite free to disagree all you like, but that has nothing to do with
whether you are right. I do not doubt that your friends share your
prejudices. That is not an argument and it is not evidence of any general
behavior pattern or any truth.
I live in Portland, but I also read Maine papers every day, and I am a
panelist on a Maine Public TV discussion show, so I think I probably do get
some idea of what many Maine people think. This state is generally very
open and committed to fairness. Naturally it also has people with
stereotypes and prejudice and injustice like any place. But you do not
speak for Maine or for America whether you agree with me or not. I really
doubt that the fact of your knowing a person in Maine--even one who finds
some people share her views--means you know this state better than I.
I do not really find statements of discriminatory and prejudicial labeling to fit
in the category of "teasing," but I do hope the European members of this
list would recognize that individual attitudes are not pictures of a nation
here anymore than there.
This would be too ridiculous to discuss if it were not that some people
seem to imagine your attitudes represent America, and that would, frankly,
be a very disturbing illusion.
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In a message dated 5/9/02 12:48:43 AM !!!First Boot!!!,
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> and it is not a general attitude here to blame Arabs
Sorry to disagree with you, Nancy, but after 911, most people I know, in
fact all people I know, hate and distrust Arabs. My best friend, Amy,
lives in Maine, and she and others in her town do not have any good
feelings toward Arabs (not that there are many there, expect the ones who
slip through the Canadian border), so I don't know where in Maine you live
in, but it must be an unusual area. So why don't you tell it like it is
instead of how you personally want it. What do you think atl the flags on
the cars are about, all the signs, United We Stand. It's not about the
Mexicans working in 7-11.
It's about the Arabs taking flying lessons, even being passengers in our
And yes, I do somestimes tease our European list members; some of it is
real teasing, in fun, and some of it is based on the frustration many of
us here feel because at their . . . I won't use the adjective I'm
thinking . . . in the interest of peace.
On a happier note, I note that my boys of summer are having quite the
season, not that I'll hold my breath come October, but still it is
exciting. Did Eliot, I wonder, like baseball or follow the Sox when he
lived in Massachusetts? I was just thinking about the poet who liked
baseball and I remembered it was a woman poet, Marianne Moore.