In this thread in Great Debates you with the face used personal insults toward me several times. Someone else, perhaps more than one, called attention to it. Although Tom was posting to that thread, he said nothing about it.
I reported her most damning post as Tom often suggested that we do. And because I saw someone “Moderated” for calling someone else a “goofball,” in another thread, I called it to his attention in the Pit.
Instead of her insulting remarks being called to her attention, both sides were scolded for “fighting.”
When I pointed out to Tom that I had said nothing insulting to anyone, he agreed.
you with the face, on the other hand. said that I am ignorant of race relations. She is aware that not only is that an insult, but it is a blatant lie. I asked for and was assigned to teach in an innercity high school that was 90% black before you with the face even had a face or a racial identity. When I retired from teaching after twenty years for health reasons, she was still in elementary school.
At the time that I started teaching, I faced things that she never had to face – the very real fear of bombs in the schools. There was a bomb that exploded in one of our feeder schools the year before I started teaching. And the teachers had to stay and look for bombs for a long time whenever a threat was made. There was another bomb that was dismantled that was one block from my classroom that explosive experts said would have taken out a city block if it had not been found.
I had to cross picket lines of protesting parents when white students were bused in. I had to pack up a school and move it out when black kids were moved out. (The janitors had it in their contracts that they did not have to move books. The teachers didn’t.)
I was in the hallway when a student poured mimeograph fluid down the hall and was about to set fire to the building. I have been in a building that was on fire and the principal didn’t turn on the alarm. I’ve had a student threaten to slit my throat. I was beaten up by trespassers and hospitalized for three days.
But I sent a kid to Harvard and kids to Vanderbilt and even to the Board of Trustees at Vanderbilt. And Rory danced with me down the hall when he passed his proficiency test. And parents and kids hugged me and cried at graduation or they do still when we recognize each other in a store or on the street. I had wonderful, wonderful times.
And I never had one single fight in my room in those twenty years. Not one. I did take a knife away from a student.
So when you when the face said I was ignorant of race relations, I knew that she was talking out her ass and that she knew she was. Besides, she needs to be aware that there is more than one race to relate to. I continue to relate to several in the neighbohood that I choose to live in. We are very multicultural. She should be so lucky.
Did Tom say anything to her for saying I was ignorant of race relations? No. He says I should “let it go.”
She also said that I am stupid and that others here think I am stupid. She mischaracterized my argument into the exact opposite of what I was saying. She twisted something else by saying I had implied it was eeevilll. She described my posts as being “madness.”
Finally, she quoted me as having said words that I never said. She just made something up entirely and put quotation marks around it: “you’re deliberating misunderstanding me, you big ole meanie.”
There was still no word of moderation.
A word fight without insults was what I used. Isn’t there a name for that?
Making rules that are enforced on whelm is poor, Tom.
Your email suggestion of how to deal with this was unbelievably condescending and indicates to me that you have absolutely little grasp of some of the issues I’ve mentioned recently. Try to find something more sexist and ageist next time. It also lets me know how insignificant this is to you. It is not to me.