Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
While I certainly agree that much of this is over the top, there is nothing that
says we cannot recognize an imperfect past as part of creating a better future.
Sometimes we are resistant to see any error in our past and this blinds us to
both our responsibilities and our opportunities for growth.
No question families are important but so too is diversity training. Some families lack respect for people different than them, and they pass this
trait from generation to generation. Left alone, such traits will last forever
or at least for many many generations.Diversity training may sting,
but it is a necessary medicine for a society that needs improvement.If you dislike diversity training, if you dislike affirmative action, then
structure your own life so that these become un-necessary. Otherwise don't
complain because you are part of the problem.
:we all commit sins of discrimination, and America should repent and stop being
so proud of itself.:Huh, funny, for those who read the Book of
Mormon, this admonishment is repeated over, and over, and over again. Oh sure,
some times vailed as ubber patriotism, the attitude of a manifest destiny, that
being born to a certain geography makes one more loved in Gods eye, even some
calling themselves elect. And yet how often have we read about nations being
warned about becoming puffed up with pride, and what ultimately happens to them.
We live in a time when pride is extolled as a virtue, and civility
is mocked as "political correctness". Where honesty is often the victim
of a quest to win at all cost. Sure, things like Pornography degrade society,
but when civility, respect, honesty become mockable traits, that is what truly
destroy the fabric of society, in more devious and subtle ways. When saying
sorry is seen as a sign of weakness, things have truly been turned upside down.
Wow, even the moderate Republicans are starting to become unhinged. You know
we'll probably see more of this as the simple fact slowly sinks in deeper
and deeper to Republicans that the world just doesn't look like they
thought it did, or wished it did. Wait until the young Republicans figure out
that with an ever widening income gap and a visit to the ER for indigestion
costing $10,000, and no employer sponsored retirement funding, there is no way
they can retire without full social security, and full medicare..regardless of
how hard they work.
A person of substance has manners, integrity, with a good mentality. All the
words in the world won't give you grit. It ain't what you say,
it's what you do. For any thing to [matter], it has to mater.
I keep hearing how the "family" is under attack but reality just
doesn't bear that out. Families are every bit as strong now as they've
ever been.I guess some people just need a boogy man in order to justify
their bigoted views.
Seems to me that we need less sensitivity training. People are just way too
sensitive! Things that are in no way intended to be insulting are decried as
insulting. We need to learn to look for the good in others and not micro-examine
everything we hear, looking for an insult. We need to quit beating
people, ourselves or others, up for having ancestors who didn't live the
life someone else thinks they should have lived. We don't make the child of
a convict, who dies before completing his/her sentence, go to prison and
complete the sentence for them. Our society needs to quit holding people
responsible for the actions of ancestors. It is so over the top that people
persecute others for ancestry generations back. It happens over ancestors that
have been dead for 100+ years. So ridiculous!Enough already.
Let's spend our efforts controlling what we choose. That is all we can do.
We all know that "sensitivity training" or "diversity training"
is just code words for reverse racism against white males. The "white,
European, males" have destroyed not just the U.S. but the world due to the
unjust and capitalist society they built. Global warming, poverty, and the
"war on women", can all be traced back to the loathsome white, European,
males that founded this country.
"Our society needs to quit holding people responsible for the actions of
ancestors. It is so over the top that people persecute others for ancestry
generations back. It happens over ancestors that have been dead for 100+ years.
So ridiculous!"I would completely agree with your if it were not
for the fact that there are far too many who still hold true the sentiments and
beliefs of those who lived those 100 years ago. Just a few days ago, here on
the DN, a poster commented that diversity makes society weaker. Hardly vailed
sentiments.And the other thing is branding those who do bring up the
crimes of 100 years ago hardly represent a majority of any crowd, just as those
who do hold those beliefs represent those attitudes. The vocal minority of any
group should not be held representative of any group.I have a mixed
race family. I can tell you first hand experiences about the treatment of my
kids, I wish some of these issues were in the past, but a few keep them alive
and well. Its a minority.... but it is there.
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution
which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the
money of their constitutents.”-James MadisonHow about
this for some diversity training: The Constitution and the bible for daily
reading, not for mind control, just for enlightenment. Anything less is vulgar,
obscene, wasteful, and arrogantly patronizing! These men and women should be
arrested for fraud and charged with sedition!
@bandersonSo you don't want mind control but you think these people
that voice a different opinion from yours should be arrested for fraud and
charged with sedition?
The latest in the 'stronger families' genre which DN is running up
every flag pole it can these days; you could substitute just about anything for
"sensitivity training" in the headline. Forget fall awareness training,
you could say, we need stronger families. Forget traffic safety training or
asian cooking training or beginners' electronics theory training...we need
stronger families. Yeah, yeah.
Not sure what Kathleen Parker is so on about in this column. No one is
advocating the abandonment of the United States so prior cultural occupants
could reclaim it. And just about every government agency HAS discriminated
against other races in the not-so-distant past. They're probably trying to
avoid more of that and the inevitable lawsuits. I know most
Americans don't want to be reminded that racism still exists, or that this
land was taken by force through murder, broken treaties, and genocide committed
by average citizens and the highest levels of government. But acknowledging our
ugly past is not equivalent to saying "Shouldn't we all just pack up
and return whence we came?"Mrs. Parker goes on:
"There's no end to the ways by which nations can make recompense to
those whose fates were altered by history". Give me a break. You're
creating an extreme viewpoint where none exists. And "fates altered by
history" is perhaps the politest description of "cultural genocide"
I've ever seen.
Hmmm - if I am reading this letter right, up until the 1960's - when
desegregation occurred - there were no proper families. And an
awareness of this lack of proper families means we don't have proper
families now. Alrighty then!
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