Kathleen Parker: Forget sensitivity training, we need stronger families

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  • Maudine SLC, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    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!

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    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.

  • George Bronx, NY
    Feb. 26, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    So 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?

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    “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 Madison

    How 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!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Feb. 26, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    "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.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    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.

  • 4word thinker Murray, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    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.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 8:01 a.m.

    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.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 8:00 a.m.

    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.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Feb. 26, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    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.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Feb. 26, 2013 6:57 a.m.

    :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.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 6:53 a.m.

    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.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Feb. 26, 2013 6:34 a.m.

    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.