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March 31, 2009

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What a p[leasure to wake to Ginsberg, sounding just as if he were alive.

I had a student last term, an older man, who truly believes the propaganda of "The American Dream." He is the type who would champion the Murrow film lies. This is a 50 year old man who wrote an essay that, in his words, "exposes Animal Farm for the piece of Commie propaganda it is." Honestly, the way he rhapsodized over Mollie and her sugar cubes and ribbons gave me the "uh oh feeling."

By the way, just don't bring up 9/11 in any of your classes as I did and was promptly accused of being a traitor by this man when I said that perhaps there are some good reasons America (cans) are often despised. Looking back, I probably should have known better than to associate the Arab world's disdain for western culture and the tragic deaths of so many innocent people, but, well, that's academic freedom for you, eh?

Once in an Intro to Lit. class, I had an elderly man - in his seventies - take great umbrage when I told him that while he was in my class, he could not use the word "Japs" when referring to Japanese people. He went to my department chair and told her I was stepping on his freedom of expression. But what do you expect from a pinko liberal commie hippie?

To her great credit, my chair asked the man, who was of Irish descent, would like it if I referred to him as a "Mick." He couldn't see the connection.

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