Volume 91, Issue 77

Friday, February 13, 1998

chumping for joy


Observing reality

Re: A time and place, Feb.3

To the Editor:
I am writing in regards to Kevin Shultz's letter in which he expressed his view that "a university campus is not the proper place to [express one's political views]." Considering all the knowledge we are (supposed to be) acquiring here, as well as the critical thinking and analyzing capabilities most of us are gaining every day (ideally anyway), not to mention that universities house many of tomorrow's leaders, I'd like to think that a university campus is a rich, fertile sowing ground for budding political activism, or at least budding political awareness and/or thought. However, upon being witness and observer to what seems like general political apathy and/or ignorance among much of the student body, I admit that I am starting to lose heart that this idealistic point of view of mine actually holds true, sadly enough.

As for Mr. Shultz's accusation that the protestor was being insensitive, one can also actually accuse Shultz himself of this. While Canadians may not be used to seeing "bloodied Palestinians walking around," this is a horror that IS a reality for many people. I guess whether we choose to educate ourselves and acknowledge that the world outside of our own privileged backyards is not the perfect, harmonious place we'd like to believe it is, or whether we'd rather turn a blind eye, is up to each individual.

As much as I am in support of celebrating a country and culture's holidays and anniversaries, I also hold the belief that we should also not ignore or censor things that have occurred, or are occurring – especially when they involve the violation of human rights. Examples of past human rights violations that spring to mind: the internment of Japanese-Canadians during WWII in this very country, the atrocities committed against the Jewish people during WWII, the oppression of the Tibetans by China, the use and abuse of African-Americans as slaves in North America and on and on.

Helen Luu
Kinesiology II/Sociology

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