Thursday, June 25, 2009

Please, Tennessean, Can We Have a Normal Editorial Page Back?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 9:28 AM

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It's yet another of those mornings that makes us wonder why The Tennessean finds it necessary to stick with a one-topic editorial page format day after day after tedious day. Today's hot topic: hate! Let's have a look.
The newspaper's view: Americans might consider seeking out voices in the media, in government and all walks of life that respect differing views and promote constructive resolution of conflicts. Our nation is gradually becoming far more diverse, and haters cannot stop it. But their violent attempts must not be tolerated.
Well, now, this should certainly spark an engaging op-ed debate. Can't wait to see the argument that diversity sucks and violent attempts to stop it must be tolerated. Okay, first guest column:
Op-Ed #1, by the head of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission: Hate crimes are a threat to our community and its vitality....We must work to eliminate prejudice, which is one of the underlying causes of hate crimes by developing programs that help us understand, respect, and accept our differences and discover our similarities.
Hmmm...well that wasn't a terribly "diverse" point of view, but perhaps the next guest columnist will stir the pot and challenge some orthodoxy:
Op-Ed #2, by the chair of CommunityNashville: Support and volunteer at organizations that speak up and intervene on our behalf and work hard to combat hatred and prejudice through the delivery of educational and outreach programs....Every Nashvillian has the power to combat prejudice and hate.
I'm feeling the love, but not the controversy. Fortunately, there's a third guest piece today - surely now we'll get some fireworks:
Op-Ed #3, by a Tennessee Human Rights Commission member: The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people and as we celebrate our freedom and independence, we all must continue to remain vigilant against prejudice and racism in all its forms and do not let hate crimes tarnish our democracy.
So there we have it -- another big day of compelling editorial-page commentary. I am so edified on this complex and provocative issue of the day that I think my head might explode. Look, the one-topic format is occasionally successful, so here's a bold idea for the Tennessean's editors: Do it occasionally!

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