If blacks do eat a lot of watermelon and fried chicken, I personally see no harm in mentioning it but I guess that shows what a dodo I am. But super-sensitivity all-round seems to be the rule now and conservatives obviously have every right to demand the same sensitivity of Leftists. And given the constant furious abusive generalizations that Leftists hurl at conservatives and Christians, Leftists sure have got a lot of lessons in sensitivity to learn.
So it's good that Leftists are being held to their own rules. I guess many readers will by now have heard of the case where a defender of illegal Hispanic immigrants gave a speech to a Tucson High School assembly in which she repeatedly said 'Republicans hate Mexicans' -- which is an absurd and insulting generalization and certainly an instance of stereotyping. It overlooks for a start that there are a lot of Republican voters of Mexican origin! And disliking illegal immigration is not remotely the same as disliking Mexicans.
But it looks like the Superintendent of Tucson schools (Pfeuffer) is not so far backing down in his support for the anti-Republican speech:
"In a letter to Paton sent Wednesday, Pfeuffer said Huerta was allowed to continue after the comment about Republicans because she's "a national icon and her words offer an historical perspective that is consistently left out of our history books."
Superintendent Pfeuffer obviously needs to be sent off to sensitivity training. How would he feel if he were a Republican?
But the most interesting thing about the whole affair is that accusations of hate speech are now being seen as what they often are -- as hate-speech themselves. Not all accusations of hate speech are themselves hate-speech but some clearly are. And we have an example of it above.
Hate speech is now regarded as such a terrible offence that accusations of it have to be pretty thoroughly substantiated if they are not themselves to be seen as abusive. One would think that that would put a rather large spoke in the wheel of a lot of Leftists! Or, to use another traditional metaphor, Leftists could well be 'hoist with their own petard' (Blown up by their own bomb).
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