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Sunday, November 28, 2021

DEBORAH SWERDLOW


Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  COLUMNS

Kagan’s experience is not a problem

As someone who is fascinated by the U.S. Supreme Court, I’ve been consuming every bit of information about President Obama’s recent nominee, Elena Kagan. Unfortunately, it seems as if the Alligator’s Editorial Board has not consumed even half of that information.

Florida Alligator
OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Person who wrote 'Cuban' on brick felt victimized by person who perverted meaning

I’m upset that Ana Laura Martinez was offended by the Writing on the Wall Project, but I’m even more upset that Martinez completely missed the point of the activity. The presence of the word “Cuban” on one of those bricks does not mean that the word itself is inherently offensive and derogatory. Instead, it means that the person who wrote “Cuban” on his/her brick felt offended when they heard someone say that word. This distinction is hardly about semantics. The difference is that the person who wrote “Cuban” on his or her brick felt victimized by the speaker, who perverted the meaning of a perfectly reasonable ethnic description.

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