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A Case Of Overreaction?

To the Editor:

I consider the invitations to the “Ghetto Party” to be in bad taste. I cannot help but feel, however, that there has been an overreaction towards the event. I strongly believe that MIT should pursue policies that severely punish outright forms of racial and cultural intimidation. My only hope is that the MIT community can differentiate shouting racial slurs from a rooftop from hosting a party poking fun at racial stereotypes.

It would seem that MIT has already reached that point by hosting Margaret Cho recently at Kresge. She is well-known for poking fun at various Asian stereotypes that even as an Asian I still find humorous. A transcript from her recent show would provide a similar demonstration of “racial insensitivity” as the Ghetto Party invitation. The only difference is that Margaret Cho had MIT’s (and possibly the UA’s) explicit financial support.

Is the solution to ban all comedians, parties, and forms of satire regarding any racial, cultural, or sexual stereotypes? I would hope not; I’m planning an upcoming party poking fun at my Jewish and Asian heritage. All attendees will be required to act neurotic and wear volleyball pads.

Matt Notowidigdo G