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What You Can't Say

Kenneth L. Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 7:33 AM
Professor Williams, I don't envy you. It must be exhausting and discouraging to deal with a population that seems to be less and less able to understand the rules of logic that once were taught in 8th grade (do kids do algebraic proofs any more?). So now your find it necessary to explain that gravity isn't evil, even though it may be implicated in the death of someone who falls from a mountain or leaps from a bridge. And we need your help to understand why we shouldn't hold people responsible today for something that was done 150 years and more ago. And that we should especially not hold them responsible just because they happen to have a certain skin color! One would think this would be evident to more people, but, alas, it isn't.
samplin Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 8:38 AM
Did most of my proofs in geometry.

Solving equations in algebra takes a logical thought process as well, we didn't make the student state the reason for each step of the solution after the first week, but in examples, it was verbally stated.

I only retired less than ten years ago, so I know some students did it.

Is the course LOGIC taught at universities?
Kuwull Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 7:39 AM
There is little, or no, profit for anyone who get's people to understand reality or logic. Until blacks refuse to allow race baitors to profit from CONTINUING their race problems, our American race problems will not cease.
Observing reality is not racism - speaking truth is not bigotry
White Americans did not invent slavery - they ended it
NormRx Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 8:07 AM
It is always easier to blame someone else for your failures than to take responsibility for your actions. When my daughter was about 20 years old she bought a car that was pure junk. She was trying to show her independence so she did not want any input from me. Several month after the purchase, she said "they took advantage of me because I am a woman." I told her no, they took advantage of you because you were stupid. I pointed out to her that there were many times in my life that someone tried and sometimes succeeded in screwing me. When you blame it on your parents, your gender, your race, your religion or your sexual orientation you are saying poor me, there is nothing I can do. I am a victim.
Kenneth L. Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 7:34 AM
Sorry, should read "...now YOU find it necessary to explain..."
Jon Hubbard, a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, has a book, titled "Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative." Among its statements for which Hubbard has been criticized and disavowed by the Republican Party is, "The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth."

Hubbard's observation reminded me of my 1972 job interview...