October 13, 2003

Overreact Much?

I found this in "Tongue Tied" as well:

A Texas high school pep rally skit that featured caricatures of students from other schools as, among other things, a pregnant prom queen, is being called inappropriate and hurtful, reports the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

The rally at Calallen High School in south Texas featured teachers dressed as "stereotyped" students from surrounding schools. One of them was dressed as a pregnant and barefoot queen, another as a gang member with low-rider pants and hickeys on her neck.

An administrator from Calallen has apologized to some of the neighboring districts, but some locals still want the teachers involved canned. One called it an example "of prejudice, hatred and cowardice that will set us back many, many years."

(Emphasis mine)

Now when I read a line like, "of prejudice, hatred and cowardice that will set us back many, many years.", I'm expecting it to be in regards to something major. If an incident like that engenders this kind of hysterical overreaction, what's left for when something deserving of such emotion happens? This is akin to the same phenomena of calling everyone to the right of Arlin Specter a "Nazi".

Nimnulls.

Posted by Ithildin at October 13, 2003 5:42 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE