EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
isn't a dirty word
Re: “Caucasian club causes
stir — no burning crosses, yet,” Nov. 4, 2003
To the Editor:
I am a woman. I am half-Greek. I have been through the foster
care system and have suffered abuse. I don’t think
anyone would bat an eyelash if I joined the Women’s
Issues Network, the community Greek Association or the local
support group for abused children and young adults. In fact,
I would be surprised if my peers didn’t support my
decisions to learn about my “culture” and what
has contributed to my identity.
I am also Caucasian. I have an Irish and French Catholic background
and I was born and raised in Ontario. I am troubled the word “Caucasian” is
setting off alarm bells when it comes to cultural groups. From
this article, all the information I could take about this “controversial” club
is that it had the word “Caucasian” in its title.
Is this why people are so upset? Just because I am Caucasian
doesn’t mean I don’t know about oppression; I am
marginalized in other ways. What does this have to do with
celebrating Caucasian culture? I wouldn’t judge anyone
of any culture who wanted to learn or celebrate in a way that
didn’t inhibit anyone else’s right to do the same.
I am not defending this club. I don’t know what they
do or what the motives were behind setting it up. But according
to this article, people were receiving e-mail about a “Caucasian
Club... that celebrates diversity and mutual understanding” and,
next thing we know, we have an article full of the KKK also
celebrated white culture. The most shocking of all was the
quote from our own VP-campus issues who stated that “the
mere name... could invite white supremacist groups” and
it was “not healthy” to have “this kind of
group” on campus. I would like to ask, what kind of club
is this Ms. Kennedy? The only unhealthy part of the e-mail
seems to be the taboo word “Caucasian.” Joining
a group to learn about my culture is not the same as promoting
racist values, as a despicable group like the KKK does.
I actually felt guilty for being curious about what this club
is all about. Who is being discriminated against now?
Re: “Campus women respond to UWO’s ‘people
watcher’,” Nov. 4, 2003
To the Editor:
The uproar of female students in response to my opinion piece
was expected. It is popular knowledge that letters are often
edited or abridged, so note that a few disclaimers were omitted
from the original piece.
I would expect English majors to recognize irony. The Gazette
recently published a multitude of letters with blatant disregard
for girls who wear those infamous bracelets. I just thought
I would make an attempt to write a piece from their perspective
and in their defense.
Please do not consider this letter as apologetic in any way.
I just wanted to point out you were all clueless. I would,
however, like to apologize to my fellow HBA members who were
defamed alongside my attempt to stimulate the opinions section.
The same stereotypes and prejudice should not be used on HBAs
as it is on anyone. Like many of my peers, I was and still
am an arts student. Do not confuse my pursuit of a business
degree with certain attributes that only conniving and shallow
business men possess.
Also, please don’t think you are making any advancement
for the women’s rights movement with your responses.
It is pretentious to think you have an ability to implement
a paradigmatic shift with your crafty little sentences and
their jagged edges. The opinions pages should always be read
for entertainment value and nothing more. And for those of
you Web savvy ladies who took the time to look at my picture,
you should seriously consider going out more often.
Re: “Donate to get these guys a clue,” Oct.
To the Editor:
“Jackass” is a term better reserved for Johnny Knoxville’s
movie rather than a generalization about a group of guys out
to make a difference in the community at large. Dallas Curow’s
comments in last week’s paper were a vicious attack on
three altruistic students who spent 36 hours fighting the cold
weather to make a statement. They were an unfair stipulation
about a group of 100 fraternity members who raised over $11,000
for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Ms. Curow made a worthwhile statement in her article. However,
the flaw in her thinking was her inability to disconnect a
mistaken comment of one person from the vast amount of good
accomplished on campus last week and by the CCS on a daily
This is not a counterattack against Ms. Curow. It is however,
a statement of my sympathy for a writer who would make an offensive
comment like “the money might be slipping into their
pockets.” Such a statement completely discredited her.
It is a true shame that with the travesties pervasive both
on campus and in our community today, Ms. Curow decided to
pick out one person’s mistake in what otherwise should
be considered an incredibly successful campaign.
She is the one exhibiting a complete lack of integrity by insulting
a charity fundraiser. I am quite apologetic for the level of
discomfort Ms. Curow experienced last week, but her insensitivity
to philanthropic goals and knack for making stereotypic generalizations
make her the only “jackass” in sight.
Honours Biology III
Ed. note: People won’t give to a charity if they’re
rudely harassed, which was all Dallas Curow was pointing out.