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December 7, 2008 at 2:48 PM

University of Washington Daily flap over anti-gay column

The last thing we need is a cultural whitewash

I was incensed in many ways when I read Nick Perry’s article about the furor over a University of Washington Daily opinion piece decrying gay unions [“UW newspaper column sparks campus controversy,” News, Dec. 5].

I support The Daily and its editor — not because they made good choices, but because I am appalled that well meaning student groups, rather than attacking the column or its author, John Fay, have reacted by calling for an apology and “sensitivity training.”

The Daily was doing exactly what it should be doing: presenting reality, and the reality is there are a lot of hateful loudmouths out there. A call for increased sensitivity is a cultural whitewash — taking reality and filing down all the sharp edges until it no longer hurts us.

If history is any guide, 40 years from now, gay marriage will be a non-issue even to conservatives, and people like Fay will change the subject when anyone mentions the bigoted column they once wrote for the college paper.

How will students of that time ever understand the cultural struggles of ours? Not by reading the archives of a paper whose staff had to undergo sensitivity training. If our goal is to change the ugliness in our world, inserting layers of padding between ourselves and the ugliness seems to be a poor strategy.

— Eric Jones, Seattle

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