I guess Italian debaters should be able to just keep saying fuggetaboutit!...and whack their opponents at the end.
Today's assignment, boys and girls, is to read this piece, which I assure you is from the Atlantic (you may wonder as you read if it's from The Onion), and tell me if you come to the same conclusions I did about what blacks think of themselves, their culture, etc.
|"The next debate in the series will be held..."|
2. Blacks don't want to have to observe any rules or conventions that are not of their own origination.
3. Blacks lack the research skills and "intellectual acuity" to keep up with the ebb-and-flow of traditional argumentation rooted in (a) facts and (b) the logical manipulation of same. (The term intellectual acuity is a direct quote from the piece.)
4. Blacks can't stay on-theme, but rather prefer to twist every argument into an exploration of the oppression they have suffered at the hands of whites. That's really all they want to talk about.
5. It is inherently discriminatory to expect blacks to think on their feet and express those thoughts in complete sentences, i.e. without resorting to hip-hop or performance art.
Can you say "soft bigotry of low expectations"?
Would love to hear from black readers on this. Are you not offended by this piece and the patronizing, almost humiliating assumptions it appears to champion? If not, I want to know why.