Comments on: Chicana/Latina studies scholar jeered at U. Arizona commencement http://www.historiann.com/2010/05/24/chicanalatina-studies-scholar-jeered-at-u-arizona-commencement/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sun, 21 Sep 2014 03:32:05 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: GayProf http://www.historiann.com/2010/05/24/chicanalatina-studies-scholar-jeered-at-u-arizona-commencement/comment-page-1/#comment-624665 Tue, 25 May 2010 15:14:06 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11168#comment-624665 Ugh — Some days I think that I’d rather stay in bed.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/05/24/chicanalatina-studies-scholar-jeered-at-u-arizona-commencement/comment-page-1/#comment-624630 Tue, 25 May 2010 14:14:11 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11168#comment-624630 What a weird interest in one Latina’s hair. I guess this is the way that troglodytes process their disagreements with Latinas? Tell them to cut their hair and pluck their eyebrows.

Buh-buy, “Terry.” How sad is your life that you go trolling around on the internets looking for people to disagree with. Who’s got the time? No one with a job, or a life, I’m guessing.

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By: Professor Zero http://www.historiann.com/2010/05/24/chicanalatina-studies-scholar-jeered-at-u-arizona-commencement/comment-page-1/#comment-624422 Tue, 25 May 2010 05:14:46 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11168#comment-624422 Great post, Historiann.

Terry, one assumes everyone has physical characteristics mean people can make fun of, including you.

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By: Terry http://www.historiann.com/2010/05/24/chicanalatina-studies-scholar-jeered-at-u-arizona-commencement/comment-page-1/#comment-624394 Tue, 25 May 2010 04:08:45 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11168#comment-624394 Sandra Soto should concentrate on her groucho msrks eyebrows instead of her antiamerican views

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By: Personalee http://www.historiann.com/2010/05/24/chicanalatina-studies-scholar-jeered-at-u-arizona-commencement/comment-page-1/#comment-624359 Tue, 25 May 2010 02:21:46 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11168#comment-624359 I’ve known all along that AZ SB 1070 was hateful and hurtful, but what I’d feared was that it somehow reflected the sentiment of many of the people of the state. Unfortunately, it seems that those who agree with fringe or radical politics of the right are the ones driving the car off the cliff at the moment. The only thing that gives me hope is that people of reason cannot fail to see this race-baiting for what it is.

In the meantime I weep for the profound loss of civility and dignity at this graduation ceremony. Graduation should be a time of celebration and a reflection upon achievements. It seems that the radical right would take away university education from most of us, especially those of us like me who are public school babies with no trust fund upon which to depend. It makes it all that much easier to control those who refuse to think for themselves, who haven’t been taught how to think critically, and those who cannot afford a quality education.

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2010/05/24/chicanalatina-studies-scholar-jeered-at-u-arizona-commencement/comment-page-1/#comment-624161 Mon, 24 May 2010 21:27:25 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11168#comment-624161 There was a piece in the _Times_ yesterday about super-elite VIP seat marketing for rock concert fans [but does Jon Bon Jovi really rate something at that level?!?] in which you get the usual meaningless perks, but you also get to take your own embossed folding chair home. Maybe ‘rents willing to cough up an extra half-year’s tuition should get their own personal commencement speaker, who would go home and exhort their {My Kid is an Honor Student at Maximus-Rumphula Middle School} little darlings in private!

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/05/24/chicanalatina-studies-scholar-jeered-at-u-arizona-commencement/comment-page-1/#comment-624159 Mon, 24 May 2010 21:19:12 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11168#comment-624159 Wow–you all have to see this: Also via Inside Higher Ed, Gustavo Arellano, the author of a syndicated column “Ask a Mexican,” was asked to deliver the commencement address at UCLA this year. He posted a YouTube recording of an angry voicemail message from the parent of a soon-to-be UCLA grad telling him that he’s done nothing to deserve the honor and has nothing to say.

Kudos to angry parent Cindy Roberts for having the guts to use her real name when leaving such a snarling nastygram! Gee–how happy are professors and administrators at UCLA that her daughter is graduating and that they therefore won’t have to deal with the mother any longer? This takes “helicopter parenting” to a new high, or should I say a new low? “I am just disGUSted that you have been chosen as commencement speaker. . . . No one wants to listen to you. . . . You have done nothing that these kids can look up to. . . . We’re going to the L.A. Times!” Oy.

That puts the panic in Hispanic. Who has time to worry about the commencement speakers to this degree, let alone organize petitions against them? I’ll tell you what: my graduating class 20 years ago had Cokie Roberts for a graduation speaker! She was somewhat less of a total embarassment than she has become as a professional Washington gossip and the giver of the most conventional of all Washington “wisdom.” The class of 1989 did better than us: they got Frances FitzGerald, who was very cool. (I got to hear her speech too, fortunately.)

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/05/24/chicanalatina-studies-scholar-jeered-at-u-arizona-commencement/comment-page-1/#comment-624158 Mon, 24 May 2010 21:00:21 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11168#comment-624158 Janice–I agree that silence and a show of backs to the speaker can make the point more dramatically than booing. I was at a commencement speech by the late William Rehnquist shortly after he was elevated to Chief Justice back in the late 1980s, and that’s what a significant portion of the students and the audience did. But, someone like Rehnquist is someone about whom most people already had made up their minds long before his speech. Someone like Soto, who’s not a public or political figure, is someone who could (and did) unpleasantly surprise a portion of her audience with her remarks.

I don’t think it’s wrong or unusual for a graduation speaker on the dais to say something that might be upsetting or disagreeable to members of the audience and the new grads. What’s troubling about the Arizona incident (and the harassment of Soto after the fact) is that, as Digger suggests, there’s no tolerance for any viewpoint but the dominant viewpoint whatsoever. The backers of these new laws have won–do they really get to shut down any further discussion or criticism of the laws?

Like I asked earlier: Why does Arizona hate America?

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By: Janice http://www.historiann.com/2010/05/24/chicanalatina-studies-scholar-jeered-at-u-arizona-commencement/comment-page-1/#comment-624157 Mon, 24 May 2010 20:50:05 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11168#comment-624157 Standing up and turning your back on the speaker at the end, instead of applauding, is a far better choice than heckling a speaker with whom you disagree. But threatening emails and nasty phone messages and all of that after-the-fact harassment is even more saddening.

Have we become a society of knee-jerk and petulant pettifoggers? It sure seems like it. So sad when Soto was calling for people to be engaged in a civil and productive manner but the end is just more of the nasty norm.

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By: Digger http://www.historiann.com/2010/05/24/chicanalatina-studies-scholar-jeered-at-u-arizona-commencement/comment-page-1/#comment-624105 Mon, 24 May 2010 18:06:43 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11168#comment-624105 What scares the crap out of me is the vehemence against critical and engaged thinking. Don’t think! Follow! Anyone who tells you to think for yourself based on the facts, and not what we tell you to believe, is the ENEMY!

*shudder*

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