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Friday, 13 May 2005

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Frank

Since you are using my website as one of your negative examples in this article I thought it would be a good idea to read it. I agree with many of your points. Being that I am latino and native amreican I can totally agree with my culture being raped and then sold back to me. Everything from Cinco de Mayo to Taco Bell. However, when you include a blanketed statement like "christians are ruthless" then that makes me realize that your point of view is narrow. I am not christian, but I never condone the use of words to negtively label people. Being that this article is about Africian Studies I am very suprised. Many people of color in this nation and the world know only too well the hurtful, destructive, and evil nature of words. I have heard "beaner", "spic", "strawberry picker." To me "christians are ruthless" comes from the same negative place that those others words do. You cannot fight hate with hate. You cannot bring understanding by showing ignorance. I honestly love freedom of speech, but I cannot be a part of attacks on other people. There is a big difference between retaliation and social justice.

Prince C

I think you are making a lot of assumptions.

1. I don't think, or should I say it wasn't my intention, to use your site as a negative example. I used it to show just the " lacking social polish" the times we live in are. It's selfish and self-absorbed. I don't view that as negative. It's just the way thing are. Like the sky being blue.

2.The “christians are ruthless” statement has to do with changing with the times. The Catholic Church, IMHO, has a history of ""ruthlessly" changing it's doctrines and/or tack to fit the era. That's not neccessarily a bad thing.

When I write on my blog, I'm very careful of the words I use. Since my blog isn't a multimedia resource I need to capture people's attention by the words I use. I need to be able to succinctly challenge assumptions and make a person think, if just for a moment, about what I am really saying. It's not mend to offend or hurt anyone. Just challenge them.

Sorry if I offended you. That was not the intent.

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