Thursday, November 1, 2007

Racists come out at St Thomas

We already knew that the University of St Thomas was run by a ruthless, and rootless, neocon, who likes the kind of views presented by Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin, and who thinks Bishop Desmond Tutu is some kind of bigot. What we didn't know, until know, is that the University is a hotbed of actual racists. Who'd have guessed that a University that leads the state in neocons, home to one of the lawyers who justified torture for George W. Bush, whose movement bashes non-existent "Islamofascists" would be home to real, practicing racists? Couldn't have seen that one coming, huh? How appropriate that the racist threats to three Black women occurred at John Paul II hall! Oh - and by the way - this is the third time these type of incidents have happened at the school - this year! One of the victims, a 19 year old, said it was the first time in her life that she had experienced such overt racism. As the old archbishop of the Twin Cities once said, notions of racial superiority underlie the concept of "Minnesota Nice." How true.

The whole situation puts the university's firing of its peace and justice studies program head in perspective, doesn't it? I guess peace and justice are fine, to a point, at St Thomas, as long as they don't interfere with the school's right wing politics. Trouble is, right wing politics in the US are inextricably intertwined with racism.

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