Sunday, November 23, 2008

RE: Bias

Wait a sec...how does Charles know that I was the one who snatched that flier and made that report?

As an opening caveat, I should be clear that my actions reflect my own personal convictions and judgments, not those of any organizations I am affiliated with. That being said, Charles and I are largely in agreement.

Offensive material should be protested for what it is, nothing more and nothing less. I am grateful that Dean Gerbick recognizes this, and that he recognizes the contradiction in HMC's goals to "inculcate real respect for people with differing backgrounds, opinions, and values," the actions of HMC students, and the truth that "We can do better than that."

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

So is this a form of civil disobedience to point out the inadequacies of the BRI system?

Anonymous said...

Being 2008 years old, there is nothing wrong with Jesus enjoying a beer or a smoke. After all, its not hard to find pictures of the man drinking. They are all over the internet! He really should increase his privacy settings on facebook.

Anonymous said...

David, that's a load of crap. You've bitched about BRI's in the past and criticized the very concept of a BRI email being sent out by the school. The fact is, you only objected to those minorities being offended, not the concept of the school trying to provide a 'safe' or 'inclusive' environment. That's called hypocrisy.

And I doubt Charles agrees with you. He just blurted out that he thinks the poster was hilarious, and in my opinion, it was.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I'm shocked that Charles "outed" David on this. I mean, these bias related incidents are meant to be kept anonymous to avoid reprisals and so that people don't start blaming the victim. But apparently such a courtesy was not extended in this case.

Granted no system is going to be free from abuses, but the BRIs do more good than harm when used properly.

David Daleiden said...

Hi Anonymous #3,

Can you show me where I've complained about BRIs in the past? Because I'm almost certain I've never addressed the issue.

I think there is a lot of merit to the criticisms of the BRI system. But in this case, I was able to find a way to use it for good. In a certain sense, you could say the "Jesus incident" "redeemed" BRI for a moment--brought good out of something corrupt. How Christian, and how ironic. But certainly not hypocritical.

Anonymous #4, I'm no victim. In fact, I feel like quite a victor in this situation. :)

Anonymous said...

Exactly what good came out of your use of the BRI system this time around? I'm curious to know. Because if you and Charles are, in fact, "largely in agreement," then any use of the BRI system should be a bad thing.

Anonymous said...

I gotta say, if you don't think Jesus ever smoked or drank, you are out of you're fucking mind. Seriously, spend some time in the Middle East, Israel in particular. Everyone smokes, and they have for millennia (hookah anyone?), and everybody drinks. In fact, J-dog drank in the Bible. So put that in JC's pipe and smoke it, or would that be a BRI too?

John Rolfe said...

If you think people in the middle east have been smoking for "millennia" you should brush up on your history.