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Vandalism Issue Not Addressed Fairlu

You still don't get it! My letter protesting the lack of concern about the stereotyping of and vandalism against fraternity members was run under the headline "Fraternities Have Redeeming Qualities." Would you have headlined a letter protesting discrimination against homosexuals "Homosexuals Have Redeeming Qualities"? Such a headline implies that the group is bad and needs to be redeemed. The headline I suggested more accurately summarized the letter: "Discrimination against fraternities unacceptable."

My letter did not list any of the "redeeming" qualities of fraternity members I know, because I don't think that fraternities need redemption. As is true of any group, some members do bad things, others do not. It is morally and logically wrong to lump them into one stereotype, as Kristen K. Nummerdor '94 does when she says the slur ("33 NERDS + ONE QUEER") "sends out a message that homosexuals are not very welcome in the fraternity system." She ignores TEP's response in their news release: "TEP is proud that all 34 members of their house are nerds, regardless of their sexual orientation."

Other items in Tuesday's issue of The Tech support my point that vandalism against a fraternity is not considered a serious matter. Correctly, there was protest against the homophobic slur ["Flyers Target Slur," Nov. 23], but there apparently was none against the violence done to the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity house. An editorial, headlined "Institute Must Respond to Homophobia," says nothing about the vandalism inside TEP, which, by implication, need not be responded to.

A welcome exception is the letter from Teresa W. Lau '95, Nummerdor, and 98 others ["TEP Graffiti Must Be Publicly Addressed," Nov. 23], which also criticizes the "premeditated act of vandalism." By doing so, the hundred signatories show they consider harassment of any members of the MIT community to be unacceptable. Far from diluting their commitment to fighting homophobia, such a position shows an admirable commitment to human rights, which I hope everyone will someday share.

Ellen Spertus G