Wednesday, November 09, 2005

First Wednesday is the Times' best day 

Why? Because we get Dick Andzenge's column, which this week lays out the firestorm that occured here last month (as I discussed here.) Read the whole thing, but here's the conclusion:
Some of us have long argued that rather than simply fighting to control the bigotry of a certain few, the university should aspire to teach across-the-board acceptance and appreciation of all people, and seek to eradicate all forms of bigotry, including that which is practiced by those who have been hurt by it.

I have frequently argued that pointing out the racism of others does not mitigate or negate the racist beliefs or attitudes that may be held by the persons doing the pointing. All humans are capable of racism � even those within legislatively protected classes.

It is unfair to assume that there is something sinister about "particular Jewish faculty" having a strong connection with the provost and that such a relationship constitutes an attempt to minimize the dean.

As crude and childish as this assumption sounds, the university can only prevent it by emphasizing universal acceptance and condemning all forms of bigotry.

Yet, a week after McKay resigned and while the university was investigating insensitive racist comments in an anonymous research questionnaire, members of the student group MECHa, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, staged a hate exercise of stringing up and beating an effigy of Christopher Columbus until he was dead amid jeers and cheers of students enjoying the spectacle.
Yes, you remember correctly.