Re: racial slur
Again, I must applaud you for your input, intelligence and diplomacy. You
have been great at putting out fires on the histonet, by educating. Thank
On Fri, 14 Sep 2001 15:30:07 -0600 Connie McManus
> Well said!!!
> Connie McManus
> At 03:32 PM 9/14/01 -0500, Barry Rittman wrote:
> >I guess that I must have had a senior moment because I looked at
> >message and I do not believe that there was any intent for this to
> be a
> >racial slur at all.
> >This year I, (a pink caucasian), am the president of the Minority
> >Faculty Association. I feel that the mixture of English, Irish,
> >on my side, the English and Welsh on my wife's side and the
> Hispanic and
> >Apache on my daughter in laws side is a great mixture. From the
> >invasions of the Romans and the Norman's I suspect other genes are
> >The Minority Faculty Association is an organization that includes
> >faculty, staff and students from all cultures and tries to
> >harmony between different cultural and ethnic groups. One problem
> >ignorance and this we try to minimize by distributing information
> >cultural events, holidays, a cultural diversity calendar etc. so
> that we
> >are all aware of why certain times are special to different groups.
> >While it is dangerous to generalize, one major barrier that I have
> >is the baggage from history. There is no doubt that some groups
> >subjected to inhumane conditions and should remember theses so
> >history will not repeated. There is however a great danger in
> >that it will be repeated. This show itself in our personal
> >interpretation of words, writings and actions. The problem is that
> it is
> >difficult and often impossible to measure intent. I strongly
> >that most people are not necessarily bigoted but are often
> >to words that may offend others. I believe that it is the duty of
> >everyone to diplomatically bring this to their attention. Hopeful
> >will learn from this. If they do not learn then they may well be
> >I do agree that we should all be sensitive but please give
> everyone the
> >benefit of the doubt as to their intent until proven otherwise.
> >This country owes its enormous success to cultural diversity and
> >getting the best from all cultures. I am sure that we will continue
> >do so.
> >I also hope that while we will take pride in our individual
> heritage we
> >will also think of ourselves first as Americans.
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