Be Careful of Who You are Stereotyping

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  1. Bob Miller says:

    Sometimes a descriptor does help the reader understand the motivation for an affront or a crime. Should we censor ourselves then?

    • We should stop and think whether the descriptor adds anything to anyone’s understanding, and also whether including it might be harmful in other arenas. Sometimes, we have to do a cost-benefit analysis. In principle, I don’t disagree with you. I did it myself in my reference to “Middle Eastern,” davka so people shouldn’t write off the rest of what I wrote to my swallowing some kumbaya pill

  2. DF says:

    This unfortunately relates back to something you posted two weeks ago, and what one of your colleagues on this site addresses today – mixed messages. For half a century we were taught that, as you say, descriptor’s don’t matter, and we should strive to be a color-blind society. But that is no longer the case. One’s race is, by a gigantic margin, far more prevalent an issue today than it ever was. In every case where it matters, one’s racial (or other) identity is today more important than his talent, merit, or intrinsic self-worth as an individual. As right as you undoubtedly are, it is very hard to preach “descriptors don’t matter” in 2019.

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