Saturday, May 22, 2004

Can't believe I live a mere 20 miles from this armpit

So sad I never went to Cal so I could take classes like:

The Politics and Poetics of Palestinian Resistance. Would have made me so happy to spend $100 on a required textbook called The New Intifada: Resisting Israel's Apartheid.

Wouldn't this have attracted you to sign up for the class? Gotta love the sprit of openmindedness...

"the brutal Israeli military occupation of Palestine, an occupation that has been ongoing since 1948, has systematically displaced, killed, and maimed millions of Palestinian people. ... This class will examine the history of the Palestinian resistance and the way that it is narrated by Palestinians in order to produce an understanding of the intifada. ... Conservative thinkers are encouraged to seek other sections."

While eventually the course description was changed, the story blew over. Can you imagine if a class called that said "Liberal thinkers are encouraged to see other sections" was ever offered in a school? The media would still be talking about it. I can see the headlines. "New evidence emerges about discrimination at University". This could be 4 years later. Or "New photos released about Conservative hate class professor". Or even "Copy of syllabus printed in Time New Roman found". "University faces futher pressure to explain 'mismanagement' of class descriptions". "Bush dodges questions on why US didn't prevent the printing of the catalog" "Voters sour on Rumsfeld apology for discrimination class scandal" "Hearts and minds of students not won by recent class offering" The stream of 'outrage' would never end. But, in this case, the story died soon after it was addressed. This kind of 'moving on' only applies to things that make the Left look bad.

You think I am joking? My satire is closer to the truth than you think.


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