The problem isn't always in the way someone expresses themselves. Some people are just LOOKING for racism, even when it's not meant. I like to think that most intelligent people (and I would hope that most if not all people in law school are intelligent) would be willing to give someone the benefit of the doubt, but, well... The whole PC culture has also ingrained in nonminorities a fear of criticizing because so many people are quick to scream racism.Granted, I hear from my boyfriend about his being accused of racism all the time (he's a teacher). It was especially ironic when he was accused of only chastising someone because the kid was black... and he was one of a handful of white teachers in a prodominantly black inner-city school. Almost ALL of his students were black.
I think that this thread is stupid, quite frankly.
Quote from: dbgirl on November 13, 2005, 04:27:35 PMSome of the dumbest people at my law school are white. What explains that?I am pretty sure there have been studies done that show that URMs consistantly perform poorer on average than other students in law school. Of course there are going to be many exceptions in both directions, but that does not negate the empirical evidence.
Some of the dumbest people at my law school are white. What explains that?
It seems to me that we've cultivated such a culture of victimization that people are incapable of sorting out real problems from their fantasies of oppression. And I find all the whining and nitpicking pretty damn boring.
Quote from: Habeas Dorkus on November 16, 2005, 02:29:27 PMIt seems to me that we've cultivated such a culture of victimization that people are incapable of sorting out real problems from their fantasies of oppression. And I find all the whining and nitpicking pretty damn boring.But I don't think the responses to the OP on this thread evince any such "culture of victimization." Folks seem to be making arguments that weaken the OP's thesis about the meaning of one of his fellow students' in-class performance. I think it makes more sense to address those arguments head-on than it does to take recourse in a more vague discussion of "PC culture" or whatnot. But while we're on the subject --Perhaps you didn't really mean anything by it, but I think your use of the phrase "fantasies of oppression" is pretty revealing: oppression is simply not something anyone fantasizes about. You can make a decent argument that extreme sensitivity over language is not productive or that not every disagreement about how to achieve fairness or equality or better health or whatever implicates discrimination in some way (and I think you do). But your insensitivity about the real fact of pervasive discrimination and historical oppression undermines your claim to speak in the generalized interest. This argument is much stronger if you acknowledge that there are deep racial (and other) divides, but show that the free and open debate you wish to have is not contributing to those (or that it may, in fact, help ameliorate them).p.s. I like you Habeas, and I generally think you are thoughtful and interesting. Please consider this one of those "jsia"-type posts, okay?