Re: ADMIN: Don't start down this road

Subject: Re: ADMIN: Don't start down this road
From: Andrew Plato <gilliankitty -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 09:18:41 -0800 (PST)

"Michael Bryans" wrote...

> I do not agree with your remarks that Thomas Eagles exhibited racism or
> xenophobia in his posting within the [RE: The Lone Writer] thread January
> 27. These are serious allegations. The post does not convey belief in the
> superiority of one race over another, nor does it accent in any way,
> differences between races. There is no antagonism against the country
> mentioned. There is frustration about exporting jobs. There is no hatred
> or fear of foreigners.

That is an extremely narrow viewpoint. People love to find scapegoats for their
problems. As such they will blame anybody other than themselves for their
employment woes. Rather than improve their skills and located suitable
employment, they point the finger at greedy corporations and foreigners who
dare to work less expensively. Such conversations usually wind down to racist
remarks at worse or at best, merely gross misunderstandings of economics.

> IMO, your response to Tom's post is over-reactive, and unreasonable.
> Limiting certain discussions that might inflame the sensibilities of
> subscribers is fair enough. However, your accusation goes beyond that, and
> effectively is a personal slap in the face.

Eric is well within his authority to slap down topics that are not tech comm
related. From time to time I think he allows some topics to wander off either
for curiosity or inability to stop them. However in this case, I think he has
the right. I might also not that he did not directly call the person a racist.
But merely explained that he would not allow that topic to continue to come to
the eventual end point of intolerance and racism.

Andrew Plato

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