"i can feel the distance getting close..."
There was talk of an Otelia Cromwell Day
tea, so i was all prepared to grab food and run, since i’ve done stuff like White Privilege Tea and it’s not an experience i’m into repeating, but instead we had a facilitated discussion about the election and the Jolt incident [someone posted a “hit list” of Smithies who had voted Republican, or so i hear anyway] and it wasn’t painful.
A lot of people talked about being disillusioned or ashamed or embarrassed about the Jolt incident, perceiving Smith as a place that was supposed to be better than that, that was supposed to be tolerant of all viewpoints.
"The election has been hard and bitterly fought. Emotions are running very high. We must, as a country, talk across the divisions we have and create a space for civil and principled discussion and argument. There is no better place to model it than here."
-from Carol Christ's letter to the campus after the Jolt incident
I got to plug respectful dialogue across party lines and i wasn’t the only person saying that.
And we ended with people sharing ideas for channeling their energy into productive things."I care and am willing to serve"
Sidenote: Joan Baez and minstrelsy?
What up? Michael Moore has said some really offensive thing, but i had already ceased to respect him. I would have thought Joan Baez would be better than that.Glenn Reynolds
posts links to various things that argue that "there is no evidence that suggests that the strategy of putting the anti-marriage initiatives on the ballot in several states did anything to improve Bush's performance in those states."
Also interesting: "exit polls show President Bush received the exact same percentage of gay votes — 23 percent — as he did four years ago."
Though exit polls are of course not necessarily a quality indicator of much of anything.