There was a time when such lessons, otherwise known as manners, were taught in every American home [emphasis added]. Said homes were not privileged in most cases but they were occupied by a mother and father who, though they perhaps did not adore each other every waking moment, were at least committed to the mutual task of rearing thoughtful, well-behaved children.The WASPy upper middle class was taught to be considerate of people's feelings; we would use "Negro" rather than "colored", at least to people's faces, and the "n-word" was reserved for the locker room. But those "good manners", if they were such, are not sensitivity to others.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Parker on the Past and USDA Sensitivity Training
Kathleen Parker, the conservativish columnist for the Post, writes mocking the sensitivity training at USDA. I understand the mockery, but she grew up in a very different America than I did, when she writes: