Re: RIP, Daniel Pearl
- Subject: Re: RIP, Daniel Pearl
- From: Anne Richardson <anne_rich@HOTMAIL.COM>
- Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 22:46:03 +0000
- Reply-to: Assessment Reform Network Mailing List <ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU>
- Sender: Assessment Reform Network Mailing List <ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU>
First of all, the quote grabbed below, though it was attributed to me, is
actually from the message I was replying to....
Second of all, it is *because* I acknowledge the hate in me that I attended
the Nonviolent Communication workshop. I can only change *myself* and hope
that it makes a difference. I believe that, in order to change things, we
must focus on what we want, rather than on what we don't want.
From: Michelle in Nevada <5alive31@CHARTER.NET>
Reply-To: Assessment Reform Network Mailing List <ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU>
Subject: Re: RIP, Daniel Pearl
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 11:53:13 -0800
With all due respect for peace-building and all that . . . is it healthy
to recognize hate at all? To ignore it? To pretend like it didn't happen
and just go along with some sweet version of "peace"?
Hello! We must acknowledge hate for what it is first.
Then find out where it come from.
Then deal with it.
If we don't talk about the fact that hate exists, we can never build peace.
This is the problem I see with a HUGE amount of so-called educational
materials that water-down the issues of religion, culture, gender, and
economic issues and call them "political" conflicts. Let's call them what
What happened to Pearl might be partially political, but it was, by the
admission of his kidnappers, also based on the fact that he is a JEW.
Ignoring that fact will not bring peace or change the minds of the people
who hold anti-Semitic views.
When I teach ethnic American literatures, the African American kids, the
Mexican American kids, and the American Indian kids talk about what they
in the stories and they discuss their issues. A lot of times the white
just sit there and don't say a thing. That is NOT acceptable. They must
come to the table and talk too. Ignoring them, what they think, and how
they feel will only allow them to sit there and let their biases and their
ignorance and their own pain fester. This doesn't help. We need to hear
from EVERYONE, and we need to know where they stand, how they feel about
conversation, and know where the people's pain resides.
Whitewashing Pearl will not make him less of a Jew. Whitewashing the men
who kidnapped him into "people fighting for a political goal" will not make
them less anti-Semitic. Can we just look, honestly and squarely, at the
world and see that hate exists?
That is the first step. Ignoring it (which I have seen everyone on this
list do so far regarding my comments) does not make it go away, it
We could talk all day about good educational strategies on this list, but
that won't solve the problem with testing. We have to take testing on,
it for what it is, right?
Why can't you people see that the same thing must be done with hate. We
can't just show the alternative, we must see hate, acknowledge it, and show
it for what it is.
From: Anne Richardson <anne_rich@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: RIP, Daniel Pearl
>Let us not succumb to an-eye-for-an-eye-and-a-tooth-for-a-tooth mentality
>that our leaders engender.
>Peacebuilding greetings to one and all,
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