This was a real question the media was asking as violent protests become the norm…
Now we get this…
Here is a novel idea: This is America and we shouldn’t be trying to rationalize punching our political enemies in the face.
Unfortunately, some (mostly on the left) think that some political words deserve “hostility“…
We have all said problematic claims, the origins of which were ingrained in us by our discriminatory and biased society. Luckily, most of us have been taught by our peers and mentors at Wellesley in a productive way. It is vital that we encourage people to correct and learn from their mistakes rather than berate them for a lack of education they could not control. While it is expected that these lessons will be difficult and often personal, holding difficult conversations for the sake of educating is very different from shaming on the basis of ignorance.
This being said, if people are given the resources to learn and either continue to speak hate speech or refuse to adapt their beliefs, then hostility may be warranted. If people continue to support racist politicians or pay for speakers that prop up speech that will lead to the harm of others, then it is critical to take the appropriate measures to hold them accountable for their actions. It is important to note that our preference for education over beration regards students who may have not been given the chance to learn. Rather, we are not referring to those who have already had the incentive to learn and should have taken the opportunities to do so. Paid professional lecturers and politicians are among those who should know better.
These kids are so dumb and ill-prepared for the real world.
None of this is OK, but you can’t say “it’s OK to punch this person because I disagree with their politics” and then scream “Oh my God, political violence is so wrong”.
If the woman punched above was a “Nazi”, would a right-cross be OK?
I touched on this here….
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