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I understand she's been unlucky to have a really nasty, racist and xenophobic Dutch teacher, and that must color her experience of the Netherlands and, by extension, of Europe.

As the rest of that thread on dKos, generalisations and invective only brings more of the same in return, and worse after that. We all do it at times, and it's natural both to do it, and to be defensive when you feel attacked, so we all have to be extra careful with our words. What else is new?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 5th, 2007 at 11:17:48 AM EST
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And, by extension, the world.

On another occasion excuses were made for her on the grounds of illness.

Etc.

I stand by what I said: people need to lay off the group identification.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 5th, 2007 at 11:20:56 AM EST
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You're right; Do note however that an explanation is not necessarily an excuse.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 5th, 2007 at 11:31:53 AM EST
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Now now we can't have people believing the problem is with those particular humans that seek success and control through chaos rather than entire cultures that We're Not A Part Of. That could lead to a safer and happier world. Very, very dangerous.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Thu Apr 5th, 2007 at 04:17:01 PM EST
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Sorry, but I'm going to be giggling over that choice phrase for the rest of the day.
by Matt in NYC on Thu Apr 5th, 2007 at 11:54:25 AM EST
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