Letter to the Editor

This is in response to an editorial by Howler staff. The editorial can be found here. Letters to the editor do not reflect the opinions of Hampshire Howler staff. 

Dear Sir(s), Madame(s) et.al,

I am writing to your rag to express my displeasure at the recent comments directed towards Justice Scalia’s passing, and the furor surrounding lowering the flag. First, it must be stated that when the order is enacted, this is not an act performed in frivolity and the country is placed symbolically into a period of mourning. As would be the unthinkable at a funeral, heads should be bowed, voices hushed, and condolences offered. We should not disparage the memory of the deceased with actions and speech that demonstrates not only a lack of manners, but also of human decency and respect. Every life is sacred, and should be treated as such.

Second, we should honor those who have served this country, and offer our shoulders to those who mourn. Trampling on the very flag that envelops the entombed has no equal in poor taste. You may not have agreed with Justice Scalia’s decisions, but he served his country proud by holding, to the best of his ability, the laws of this beautiful land, and when in doubt according to his own moral code. No more could be asked of another. The recently interred left behind a wife and nine children: imagine and have compassion for their suffering at this time before you self-flagellate on your own sense of faux self-importance.

Those who believe that raising furor about the flag is a pathway to enacting their own personal politics, should feel a deep sense of personal shame. The actions of faculty in November of 2015 concerning Beirut were disgraceful, using the tragic suffering of others for a political purpose. If the Hampshire faculty were truly vested in equality, and the terms by which death should be honored, a similar brouhaha should have been made about every abrupt quietus across the world. Yet, their inconsistent voices were silent when fresh waves of Nigerian, Iraqi and Afghanistan bombings fluttered past the mouths of our mainstream media, more concerned with the consecrated noughts on their pay-checks and their sacred sabbaticals.

Using a mourning to advance a political agenda is deplorable, and is no different than the Westboro Baptist Church picketing veteran, homosexual, and other ‘political’ funerals. For a revolution to occur, we must not bicker about foofaraws,  and hold shouting matches upon soapboxes, but instead lead by example, just as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and others did,  to usher in new eras of equality. If you wish to see change in this country, in the world, run for office, populate the halls of power, and add to the dialogue with your own tremulous voice, but don’t stamp on the halls of the hallowed dead.

Sincerely,

S. Dogood

4 comments

  1. Xavier A. Torres de Janon · · Reply

    Dear S. Dogood:

    I first point my finger at anonymity of your letter. I wonder why you chose to do so if your purpose is revolution (“For a revolution to occur, we must not bicker about foofaraws, and hold shouting matches upon soapboxes, but instead lead by example, just as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and others did, to usher in new eras of equality”). Indeed, your anonymity only adds to this “bickering about foofaraws,” and your confusing role models died because they were brave enough to not remain anonymous.
    “Every life is sacred, and should be treated as such.” Reality proves different. When a black U.S. life dies at the hands of the police, no one treats it as sacred (#BlackLivesMatter). When three black Muslim males get shot execution style, their deaths aren’t sacred (#OurThreeBoys). When another Trans Black Woman is assassinated, their life is not considered sacred. But when a racist, sexist, war-mongering, white male judge dies from natural causes, we should pretend that all lives are sacred? You are fooling yourself, because all lives do not matter, so why give in to this fiction?
    Mourning is an act of respect. It is a sacred act, indeed. Mourning for the sake of mourning, for being ‘patriotic’ and “decent” is nauseating.
    I actually feel sorry that you make your decisions based on an executive order. If your role models MLK Jr and Gandhi did so, they would not have been revolutionary. Revolution is resistance, not co-optation and obedience. I laugh at your ‘revolutionary spirit,’ because it is pathetic and false. I also question your heroes, because they, too, were homophobic and racist, respectively.
    “The recently interred left behind a wife and nine children: imagine and have compassion for their suffering at this time before you self-flagellate on your own sense of faux self-importance.” Adolf Hitler had a wife and kids. No more comments.
    “The actions of faculty in November of 2015 concerning Beirut were disgraceful, using the tragic suffering of others for a political purpose. If the Hampshire faculty were truly vested in equality, and the terms by which death should be honored, a similar brouhaha should have been made about every abrupt quietus across the world. Yet, their inconsistent voices were silent when fresh waves of Nigerian, Iraqi and Afghanistan bombings fluttered past the mouths of our mainstream media, more concerned with the consecrated noughts on their pay-checks and their sacred sabbaticals.” You are disgusting, cowardly, contradictory, racist and disrespectful. Hampshire faculty of color is not vested in equality, but in justice. All the wars you have referred to are currently being waged or militarized by the flag you love and your “beautiful land.” Your late Judge Scalia probably celebrated the mass murders of bodies of color around the world. Your words are disgusting, and I hope that faculty of color publicly shame them.
    Although I do not know who you are, I hope to see you in the “halls of power” of this institution, because I openly question that you are participating in this campus. And if you are, then I am deeply worried about the white supremacist ‘revolutions’ you are waging in governance meetings and spaces of power.

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  2. Scalia was a racist and so is your rhetoric .nobody asked for your opinion or imperialism

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  3. pissed queer · · Reply

    martin king luther jr. was a revolutionary, a socialist, and not the voice of your white faux-peacekeeping fantasy. he made more speeches than “i have a dream,” much more controversial, angrier, stronger speeches, which white people tend to forget about because it’s convenient for their “don’t get angry at racial injustice” narrative. gandhi was an abuser, a wife beater and a woman hater. among other things terribly wrong with this pretentious, disgusting rant, you’re picking the wrong role models for your so called “respect” narrative. go fuck yourself.

    (P.S. the reason we’re not in the Halls of Power is because the entire system loves to work together to keep us out. how about that?)

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