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Responsibility of Offended Parties to Voice Concerns

Responsibility Of Offended Parties To Voice Concerns

I do not speak for anyone but myself right now, nor do I as of yet know how the storm in a teapot over the postering war will end, but I must point out a rather glaring peculiarity in Joaquin S. Terrones '97 letter of May 6 ["PKT/TEP Rivalry Posters Offensive"].

He states: "As if it were my responsibility as part of the offended parties (being both Latino and queer, a spic and a faggot) to do something about it." Last time I checked, I was still in the United States of America, where the burden of proof lies on the accuser.

As the MIT Harassment Guide states: "People who are offended by matters of speech or expression should consider speaking up promptly and in a civil fashion people who learn they have offended others by their manner of expression should consider immediately stopping the offense and apologizing." This is precisely what happened.

From the letter and conversation I infer that Terrones believes it is the duty of the name-caller to make every effort to learn what offends another. Please forgive those of us who come to MIT to learn other things, like science or engineering.

Omri Schwarz '97