by Christopher Paslay
The Inquirer’s latest poll on the “Romney T-shirt” incident shows just how pathetic the response from the Philadelphia liberal establishment has been.
Today the Inquirer asked it readers: “Should a teacher make fun of a child wearing a T-shirt supporting a political candidate?” The poll is so warped and mindboggling that I won’t even bother to list the four possible responses. Anyone in their right mind knows the answer to this ludicrous question, and the answer is no, a teacher shouldn’t make fun of a child. The fact that the Inquirer asked it reveals a lot about the newspaper, its readers, and the hypocritical culture of Philadelphia’s liberal establishment.
The reason the Inquirer is posing the question, of course, is to downplay the seriousness of the Romney T-shirt incident. It’s a way to equate intolerance with “making fun” or “making jokes.” Should teachers be able to joke around with their students about political things? they are saying. What do you think? Is it really such a big deal?
It’s clear the Inquirer’s editorial board isn’t convinced that what happened to little Sam Pawlucy is an absolute, unquestionable injustice. If what happened to Pawlucy were an unquestionable injustice (like, say, the unquestionable injustice of violating gay rights), the Inquirer wouldn’t still be grappling with public opinion on the issue.
For example, you would never see an Inquirer poll asking the question: “Should a teacher make fun of a child for wearing a LGBT rainbow T-shirt?” They wouldn’t ask it because when it comes to such issues, there is zero tolerance. In other words, you don’t make fun gays, period. You don’t even joke about it. Especially, and most importantly, teachers.
Likewise, the Inquirer would never run a poll asking: “Should a teacher make fun of a child for wearing a Muslim Taqiyah cap?” They would never run a poll asking: “Should a teacher make fun of a child for wearing a Travon Martin memorial shirt?” Again, these are issues apart of the liberal sacred untouchable cannon, so the Inquirer would never ask such questions.
But when it comes to making fun of Republicans or comparing a Romney/Ryan T-shirt to the KKK, the Inky runs a poll. Should teachers be allowed to do it, what do you think?
Interestingly, the local media—the Inquirer, Daily News, and their columnists and editorial boards—have yet to publically reprimand Samantha’s geometry teacher for the egregious transgression of stereotyping Republicans as the KKK (both papers have focused on the issue of freedom of speech, and only Christine Flowers had the guts to bring up bullying). No one has come out and righted this wrong by setting the record straight. No one has said, It was unconscionable of this teacher to compare a Romney Ryan T-shirt to the KKK. Most Republicans are not racially insensitive, and it was wrong for this teacher to stereotype this group in front of her students.
Imagine if a teacher (jokingly) made a Muslim student take off his Taqiyah cap because she said (jokingly) that this cap represented terrorism. After the teacher was crucified, sued, chewed-up by the ACLU and spit out, and ultimately fired, there would be a series of editorials and commentaries chastising this teacher for being intolerant, and the record would be set straight immediately: It is wrong to stereotype Muslims as terrorists, because most are tolerant, peaceful people.
Smear a Republican in a heavily Democratic town such as Philadelphia and you get ill-defined “teachable moments.” Equate a Republican T-shirt with the KKK and the remedy is a vague, feel good lesson on “political differences.” Sure, a teacher stereotyped an entire group of people with a symbol of hate, but can’t we all just get along? Can’t we just get back to our normal routines? She did say she was joking, after all.
Suddenly, amazingly, the unbending hyper-vigilant politically correct left has a sense of humor!
Actually, I don’t buy for a second that they have a sense of humor. The reality of the Romney T-shirt incident is that newspapers like the Inquirer and the Daily News don’t want to debunk the Republican = KKK stereotype because they benefit too greatly from it politically. In fact, newspapers like the Inquirer and the Daily News promote such stereotypes (Republican Voter ID = Jim Crow is just one example that comes to mind).
So as it stands in Philadelphia, Republicans are indeed 21st century Klansmen, you just can’t say so out loud in class if you are a teacher and your student happens to be wearing a GOP T-shirt.