When is a first strike not a first strike?
When it's Anticipatory Retaliation.

August 24, 2004

On Race

Bravo Romeo Delta

Dean Esmay decides to troll his own blog (again) - this time with some pointed language intended (presumably) to jump start dialog on race. (Courtesy Doc Jawa) No doubt Oliver Willis will be busily taking offense.

As much as I'm inclined to write about this, I've written here about.

The only thing I feel compelled to add to the mix on this, is that it's the fact that I can get fired for dropping an N-bomb by someone who, in all likelyhood, could also be of the opinion that boycotting the Dixie Chicks (for their political views) constitutes an impingement of First Amendment rights.

So no, regardless of how I feel about this, that, or the other race issue, I'm not going to touch any of that crap with a ten foot poll.

Regardless of the relative merits of discussing (or being blunt) about such issues, the very level of passion that arises from such discussions tells me a lot about the relative prospects for ameliorating all hurts through open and impassioned exchange of views.

Rather, I simply look forward to a peaceful day when the color of one's skin does not limit or open up certain topics of discssion - and a day when it just doesn't occur for anyone to guide their communication based on color.

It may sound far-fetched, but just remember that there was once a time when such a dialog between Papists and Heretics would have been similarly unthinkable.

Launched by Bravo Romeo Delta at August 24, 2004 04:16 AM

Retaliatiory Launches

Exactly. And this is why Chappelle's show is so important, even when it's not funny.

Posted by: RS at August 24, 2004 01:59 PM

Just because I have a friend who would laugh and kid me back if I said to him, "You Idiot!", doesn't mean saying "You Idiot" to people is not by and large offensive.

Posted by: David Weisman at August 25, 2004 06:13 AM


A broad response to your comment is in the next post.


Posted by: Bravo Romeo Delta at August 26, 2004 04:17 AM

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