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  •  -isms are very touchy issues. (7+ / 0-)

    To wit, when someone is told that an individual action or statement is -ist (racist, sexist, heterosexist), it nigh invariably is heard as "You are -ist." The defensiveness which then ensues is obvious.

    But that is not necessarily the case that someone who does something insensitive IS insensitive. We are all flawed.

    Whether Alec's outburst reflects his true attitudes or not, he obvously has erred, to say the least.

    But only Alec Baldwin knows what's in Alec Baldwin's heart. Not you, not me, and not Andrew Sullivan.

    "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

    by raptavio on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 02:27:47 PM PST

    •  I agree. (5+ / 0-)

      You can hold a person accountable for their behavior, but do not presume to know what caused it. If apologies are forthcoming, great. If not, well then, you can hold them accountable.

      (N.b. Use of -"their" and "them" as singular neuter is entirely intentional. It is not perfect but it has already entered common parlance and it is infinitely more elegant than anything academics, grammarians or editors have yet devised.)

      Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

      by journeyman on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 02:40:08 PM PST

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      •  Agree re the singular "they" (3+ / 0-)
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        AoT, journeyman, serendipityisabitch

        It has entered the English language irrevoccably, as an organically-evolved solution to our lack of a gender-neutral third-person pronoun.  

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 03:10:58 PM PST

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