S. A. Modena
samodena at csemail.cropsci.ncsu.edu
Tue Mar 1 16:21:10 EST 1994
In article <1994Feb28.155225.1 at eagle.wesleyan.edu> lappel at eagle.wesleyan.edu writes:
>In all of this thread of responses to perceived homophobic and racist
>remarks within a scientific posting, I seem to read only three types of
>-Censor the poster
>-Attack the poster, either personally or in a generic flame
>-Ignore the remarks
>I find all of these choices objectionable. Censorship is generally a lousy
>answer to anything. Attacks are almost as bad, and tend to get overblown. And
>ignoring hate speech allows it to be perpetuated as if it were acceptable to
>the community at large.
>What is really needed is merely to point out racist and homophobic statements
You've overlooked the hetero-phobic remarks that are such common
>and assumptions for what they are. That way, the poster (or speaker) can
>clarify his or her point, in case the point was mis-stated or misinterpreted,
>or reconsider the issue, in case they were really unaware of the racism or
>homophobia that had crept into their thinking.
>It is hard to change a person's thinking by attacking them. Education is much
>more effective, and we all need help now and then.
>Laurel F. Appel LAPPEL at EAGLE.WESLEYAN.EDU
>Dept. of Biology My opinions are my own.
>Wesleyan University Card-carrying member of the ACLU.
>Middletown, CT 06459
Steve Modena nmodena at unity.ncsu.edu
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