Tag: in response

Opinion

Response to Maddy Jasper on political intolerance

Last week Maddy Jasper published an opinion piece titled “Macalester’s social tolerance translates to political intolerance.” In it, she expresses her frustration with Macalester’s close-mindedness towards her right-wing affiliations and beliefs. “The majority of Macalester community members, students and professors alike are very accepting of those who share the same liberal and progressive opinions,” she…

Opinion

Tolerance is not a euphemism for multiculturalism

The headline of Maddy Jasper’s opinion piece last week makes the correct assessment that “Social tolerance translates to political intolerance.” I wonder, however, to what extent it matters that that this relationship exists. I don’t find it particularly pressing to unconditionally tolerate a political idea that generates harmful political strategies that put social freedom in…

Opinion

A rejection of the Palestinian monopolization on victimhood

In Sophia Hansen-Day’s recent article “Why is Macalester Silent about Israeli Apartheid” the author argues that the American Studies Association (the ASA) was correct in boycotting Israeli academic institutions several weeks ago. While I respect her for voicing her opinions, I found them to be lacking in historical depth, fairness and nuance (all of which…

Opinion

Continuing the conversation about “More Than Words”

In the Mac Weekly’s February 28th edition, Jeff Garcia critiqued the Department of Multicultural Life’s “More Than Words” campaign, describing it as a plea for self-censorship. In this article, he wrote, “we, as a learning community, must be earnestly self-critical.” We wholeheartedly agree. However, our interpretation of what it means to be self-critical is a…

Opinion

In Response to Dalai Lama Op-Ed

The opinion piece published by Daniel Bomberg, Rachel Rauvola, and, James Meyerson in last week’s edition of The Mac Weekly reveals its naive idealism within the first two paragraphs when it attempts to shame Macalester for lauding the life of Joan Mondale ‘52, but not Jane Hough ‘52. It would have been foolish of Macalester…