Discourse / Letters / March 6, 2008

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 28 – March 5, 2008

Response to Rohlfing’s column

I didn’t find Merritt Rohlfing’s article racist. Maybe a little insensitive, but not racist. I think he could have written it differently and not offended anyone. The subject matter was actually very interesting, the idea that certain races are better than others at some things. I know whenever they report on studies like this on the news there are always some people who call it racism. They also claim sexism whenever a study proves that one gender might be better than the other at certain things. I like The Knox Student and the varied articles and the fact that students are able to speak their minds. The same edition of TKS had an article about molding dicks and butt plugs out of clay. I didn’t find that offensive either, but I’m sure that there are some people who did. Rohlfing’s article was thought-provoking and it generated discussions on the subject matter in my house. I hope that you continue to let him write for TKS.

– Beth Arft, Parent

Madeline Albright to speak at commencement

I’m a Knox grad ‘02. I’m female. I help run my family’s wine businesses here in Atlanta, and I come to Homecoming almost every year. Knox is an incredibly special and honorable place for me and my friends. I’ve been so into these incredible Commencement speakers, so proud of my little college with these wonderful people in politics (knowing we’re not paying them a dime). But all of those names were people that, to me, fit in with Knox’s values. I can’t say I’m too excited about this Commencement speaker. Besides being a big name and the first woman to “blahblahblah” — Albright doesn’t exactly have the best track record. Her response to the genocide in Rwanda was close to heartless and her stance on the Iraq sanctions was at times absolutely scary (a million children is worth the price?). I wish Knox’s speakers would represent what Knox means to all of us. For me, Knox is about honoring truth, dignity, and intelligence of all kinds. Some of what Albright did during her time in office would not constitute a dignified position. The only reason I complain now (because the speaker at my Commencement and the year after; some retired army general), is that I know for sure, with the speakers we’ve had in the past three years, that we could get anyone we want. Why choose someone who doesn’t represent our values? Why give someone an honorary degree who doesn’t deserve it?

– Amber Bradshaw, ‘02

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