To the Editor:
“Weaver, Jones, Hylton and Nicholson not only are incapable of differentiating between a fact and an incorrect belief — they have no real interest in doing so.”
I’d say that’s a little presumptuous.
Did you ask us whether we had an interest in doing so? Oh, no, wait – I guess it wouldn’t make any difference if we are incapable of doing so, anyway.
Never mind that the must-see event was so inadequately advertised that only 40 students attended, as opposed to the over 100 (including me) who attended Duncan-Andrade because it was adequately enough advertised and announced at Student Senate meetings. And the Can We Ever Co-Exist Brave Space: Challenging and Deconstructing Religious Stereotypes. Me, again.
I can now claim my 15 minutes of fame because I have been (incorrectly) parodied in a political cartoon. So thank you for that. That’s definitely going in the family scrapbook, emails, social media, probably my epitaph (hopefully not too soon).
I suggest that this Spring Semester 2016 we bring back the or at least a Holocaust speaker and this time advertise it at least as well as the UNITE speaker. We could also see whether any of you attend outside of your reporter role(s).
As I said, Trustee Weaver is not a social friend of mine in terms of extracurricular activities. I did look at his statements with a higher level of scrutiny because I did know him.
My understanding of Trustee Weaver’s original question to his journalism professor in private on his first day of class was just that – how to research to ascertain or support the correct facts on a politically sensitive issue. I don’t recall that he received any answer or assistance.
In some countries it is illegal to even discuss the Holocaust. My definition of anti-Semitism does not include asking this question.
ASB Student Senate Director of Legislative Affairs