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Very brief commentary on: MIT Chinese students take offense

Will not talking about it mean it didn’t happen? Maybe I don’t understand because I haven’t yet been a part of something like it (Tiananmen Square, Auschwitz), but it eludes me how people get offended at the mention of historical facts (assuming, of course, that they are facts). I’m not indifferent or insensitive to these issues, but I like to think I’m mature enough to realize that the mention of a sensitive historical event is not intended to offend anyone, and that knowledge of it amongst the people does more good than harm.

If I were the professor, I would ask, “Would our not talking about it make it go away?”

Disclaimer: I have no idea what this wood-print image looks like.


  1. April 29, 2006 at 10:02 pm

    Did they lose 27% too?

  2. April 30, 2006 at 11:45 am

    No your nerdiness, they lost 69%.

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