RE: Butterflies and life

From: David Preiss (
Date: Tue Apr 05 2005 - 08:51:30 PDT

But that's not truth for everybody? I mean, is it not always hurtful to
impose a way of life as a standard worth for everybody, particularly in
this morally charged days? This reminds me of the Schiavo case, where
all the minutiae of life, and what makes every life personal and rich,
was transformed in a universal imperative. Should not we all look for
answers that make our lifes worth living and not to try to make a rule
of them, save by the all dictum that says not to inflict harm on others?
David Preiss


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From: Kevin Rocap []
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2005 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: Butterflies and life

Dear Nate,

As he is quoted in saying in the article he is "a comic victim of two
cultures." It is functional for him that he has been able to turn his
victimhood into a kind of celebrity. I have no issue with his private
and individual journey. But then, politically, he advocates for others
the same traumas he had to endure. And not everyone who goes through
them will come out a celebrity. That is my concern. His personal
journey is his own. But politically imposed on others I think it can
have devastating and hurtful consequences. Just my opinion.

In Peace,

willthereallsvpleasespeakup who-is-at wrote:

Kevin Rocap wrote:

Dear Dorie, David, et al,

Actually one of the striking things about Rodriguez's book, imho, is
that it is a well-wrought chronicle of one who, though extremely
articulate, ultimately seems to reflect a near perfect form of
internalized oppression. While he recounts painful experiences of
having his race/ethnicity/cultural values ripped apart or ripped away,
rather than condemn the oppressor he, instead, chooses to embrace the
notion that assimilation at the expense of family and cultural ties is
"the way" and now reflects that viewpoint in his politics being often
anti-bilingual education or anti-affirmative action, etc.

Rather than critique the oppression itself; he seems to embrace it and
lend his political voice to its work.

In Peace,

Opting out of a career in acadamia certainly sounds like a critique to
me. I have always found his essays powerful and thought provoking. Here
is an interview where he explains his position.

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