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Gee, That Wasn't Too Hard, Was It?

Darren Bernard puts out the rare column whose contents I largely agree with. Schools shouldn't ban portrayals of certain works like Huckleberry Finn, Heart of Darkness or To Kill A Mockingbird because they expose the ugly realities of what happened in the past that might offend overly sensitive people. And they shouldn't ban A Catcher In The Rye because it contains naughty words.

But I still have a couple of quibbles, first this graf discussing Heart of Darkness:

There might not be much chance of a return to colonial times, but the ethnic and religious ills of even developed societies should make people think twice about sweeping the lessons of the past under a carpet of political correctness.

I think we can all safely assume that the Eye-Rack war is an imperialist adventure in all but name. The supporters could be heard during the run-up to the war and the early parts of the occupation telling us it would be downright RACIST not to give these poor Eye-Rackees their democratic utopia free of Saddam. Now that things have gone to hell, those same people, including Bernard, have settled for the tired old tactic of victim-blaming the uncivilized natives.

Also Bernard claims that shielding people from racially insensitive texts will lead them to think words like "nigger" are perfectly okay to say in polite company, pointing to the plethora of rap music that use that term as proof. Well, that may be true of white people, but blacks have used that word among themselves knowing perfectly well the ugliness and animus behind that word.

But other than that, pretty damn good.