May 21, 2007

Dopey WNJ Letter of the Week

Former DE resident John Ramirez, who now lives in San Diego, CA, thinks the apology of those UD students who attended that notorious Cinco de Mayo party isn't enough:

I would like to see the President of the University of Delaware take an active approach to the racist party fallout on campus.

("UD won't discipline students over garb mocking Mexicans," May 16). Just saying they're sorry is not enough.

The participants should submit a plan of action on how they will work to understand other minority groups. (Link.)

Ah, the old "an apology isn't enough" made recently [in]famous by Al Sharpton's refusal to accept Don Imus' apology. We need a "plan of action." Like what, exactly, John? Should it be what another John stated previously, in this case Jonathan Martinez, who wants the offending students to attend mandatory sensitivity training? As Felix and I have noted incessantly here, these sensitivity seminars are a joke, usually led by faux experts whose only credentials are that they are members of a minority group.

Hey, do you think the offending students can use an excuse like that of Brentwood Middle School in South Carolina? They could argue (like the school district did in that case, where they defended black students' racial epithets and profanity) that "it's just our culture" to dress insensitively at theme parties!

Posted by Hube at May 21, 2007 03:22 PM | TrackBack

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Posted by: Victor at June 5, 2007 09:07 PM

That is correct the apology is not enough. If I was a student on that campus and saw shirt with "Spic" on it, it would have disturbed me greatly. Dont give me, the "dont take it personal" bit. If they dont want to take steps to understand than they really dont belong at a school of higher learning.

Posted by: John Ramirez at June 6, 2007 03:29 AM

But the fact of the matter is the student(s) did NOT wear the shirt around campus. It was at a [themed] party OFF campus and not sponsored by anything campus related. If a student DID wear such a shirt around campus you may have point. But he/she did not, so you don't.

The fact that you wouldn't accept the students' apologies speak volumes about your own character, Mr. Ramirez.

Posted by: Hube at June 6, 2007 03:45 PM