1. Is it possible that this is real? A couple allegedly sent this email to wedding reception invitees, explaining that their meals would be determined by the value of the wedding gifts they planned on bringing.
Are there really people this crass? Who in their right mind would do anything but send a curt “Bite me!” note to such a couple, and resolve never to waste a second on them again?
2. OK, I don’t see anything wrong with this, at all. The assignment for an Iowa City school district online learning program asked students of all races to write four sentences about what they would do if they were a slave who was freed.
“Think very, very carefully about what your life would be like as a slave in 1865,” the students were asked. “You can’t read or write and you have never been off the plantation you work on. What would you do when you hear the news you are free? What factors would play into the decision you make?” After an uproar from parents, the assignment was removed and the teacher was placed on administrative leave. A statement from the district called the assignment “inappropriate” and said it “does not support and will not tolerate this type of instruction.”
What would that be? Assignments that call for critical thought and imagination?
Dibny Gamez said her 14-year-old daughter, Ayesha, who is black, would not complete the assignment because it made her feel uncomfortable. “She just starts tearing up,” Gamez said. “And I was, like, ‘No, listen, you don’t have to be ashamed of who you are.’ I said, ‘You are beautiful for who you are. Don’t let not one soul make you uncomfortable for who you are.’” How would that assignment make a rational student be ashamed of who she is?
Justin Grinage, a professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Minnesota , claims that assignments asking students to role-play enslaved people or slave owners trivialize or distort the actual events of slavery. “The best-case scenario with lessons like this is that students come away with a fabricated lie about history. So, best-case scenario, they don’t really learn anything, or they learn the wrong thing,” Grinage told reporters. “Worst-case scenario is that it’s a deeply traumatic experience for students of color, particularly Black students.”
Why? Because he says so? Such an assignment is an excellent way to open up the topics of slavery, how it persisted, what led to its abolition, and why it is such an emotional and controversial issue, as well as empathy, the Golden Rule, and ethics.
3. As much as “The View’s” Joy Behar is a blight on society, she was mistreated this time. GOP congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik visited ABC’s “The View,” a brave act, since a show that lowers the IQ s of viewers has to be a serious risk for anyone actually appearing on the show.
When Klacik was asked about President Trump’s statement to Bob Woodward of wanting to “downplay” the severity of the Wuhan virus, Behar interjected,
“Excuse me, I have to say something to you. He told Bob Woodward that it was a very serious issue and it’s airborne and that it was terrible. And then he went out and told the American people, ‘Don’t wear masks, it’s all going to go away.’ You have to put some blame on your president. I’m sorry, you’re putting it on something extraneous here. Talk to the point, please.”
“Is this Joy speaking?” Klacik asked. “Is this the same Joy that paraded in blackface not too long ago? C’mon, Joy, I don’ think you should be asking these questions.”
That’s a pure ad hominem attack, unethical and below the belt.
Joy, of course, couldn’t come up with what was really wrong with Klacik’s tactic, being, as she is, an idiot.
“That’s not true!” Behar exclaimed. “Excuse me, excuse me! The Black community had my back! They know that that was not blackface, that was a homage!”
There hasn’t been any blackface that wasn’t some kind of “homage” or otherwise innocent attempt to portray a character or individual for non-racist motives since the minstrel shows ended. The decree that dark make-up violates a taboo and justifies “cancellation” is a cynical power play, but there’s no reason Behar should be exempt when so many others have been targeted. That, however, is irrelevant to the episode. Behar’s “homage” as at a Halloween party long ago had nothing to do with the topic at hand. Klacik, a black conservative, played the race card when she couldn’t come up with a persuasive answer.
If she were running in my district, that would be sufficient to lose my vote.
4. Of all the arguments for President Trump not to nominate a successor to Justice Ginsburg, this is the dumbest. Not surprisingly, it comes from Rep. Maxine Waters.
“Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish was that her seat would not be filled until a new president is installed!” Waters tweeted. WOW, is she ever an idiot. I’ve known this for decades, but the sheer depth of her idiocy still can surprise me. We don’t govern based on “dying wishes.” The expressed desires of a now dead Supreme Court Justice have no more weight or importance than the desires of any other citizen. Calling this a logical fallacy–it would fall into the “appeal to emotion” category—is too kind. Waters is incompetent and irresponsible.