Sunday, February 27, 2005

Departmental Banter

We had a departmental meeting on Friday. The usual issues were discussed (e.g. the budget, possible lines for new hires, adding new classes to the catalogue, etc.). And, as usual, some derogatory remarks were made about conservatives. My colleagues use the term "conservative" as if it was synonymous with stupid. Whenever somebody makes a silly little mistake they'll say something like "What are you, a conservative?" and other stupid stuff like that.

It is infuriating not only because it is entirely hypocritical of them, but because it isn't even funny. It is simply outrageous that a group of people be singled out as stupid and ignorant because of their political views. What would they say if we replaced "conservative" with "black" in the pathetic little jab mentioned above? They'd throw a fit! I shouldn't have to put up with this kind of thing! I should just apply for jobs at a conservative think tank. They're so hypocritical, and they don't even see it. These are people who walk around talking about how "the unexamined life is not worth living." I think it is about time they start examining their own lives! Ugh! It is just disgusting. I'm going to end up as one of those professors that never leaves the office door open. At least that way I don't have to hear this crap as often. They just walk around the department degrading conservatives whenever the opportunity presents itself.

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