Tuesday, July 17, 2012

True Story

This just needs to be said.

When I was studying environmental science at Ramapo College, I had to take an introductory level course in environmental policy. It was a course designed to be a general education class, and many of the students in the class were not actually environmental science majors, but were taking the class to fulfill a gen ed requirement.

One evening in class, and I can't remember how we got on the subject, the conversation turned to some of the recent laws that had been passed by then-mayor Rudy Giuliani. Some of them seemed a bit arcane, and the teacher referred to Mr. Giuliani as a "fascist".

The girl sitting next to me giggled when she heard that word, looked at me and the boy next to her, and said, ">giggle< I don't even know what a fascist IS. >giggle<"

Something in my brain snapped. What she was doing was not cute. I looked right at her and said, "Buy a dictionary, Barbie. Look it up."

So, before ANYONE goes flinging that word "socialist" around again, do me (and yourselves) a favor.

Buy a dictionary. Look it up.

Now on to something better, like my beads for the day...

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