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Making it right

tracysmokeHow can Tracy Borres make things right, I’ve been asked.

The closest analog I can come up with is how insensitive American celebrities are dealt with. People like that actor from Grey’s Anatomy – Isaiah Washington (i think), and that DJ who said something about nappy hairs.

Like Tracy, these folks did nothing felonious, but they did expose their inner homophobia and racism. Now, they weren’t punished by force of law, but their respective organizations did apply pressure on them to make amends.

Both had to publicly apologize to keep their jobs, and I think Washington was even required by his employer to clock some community service.

Is a similar outcome unthinkable for Tracy? As far as I know, she hasn’t exactly apologized to the people she offended. At most, she’s said that she’s keeping her head down til this blows over. Reminds me, in fact, of a tactic favored by politicians; mostly the same politicians officially and regularly derided by Ateneo.

I don’t think waiting for this issue to die down should be an option. Sure, if it dies down without an apology having been uttered, it might seem that nothing has changed – the Aetas will still live in the same dismal conditions, and Tracy will not be even a wee bit poorer. But something will have changed.

If Tracy squeaks by without an apology, then the bar of our society’s tolerance of in-tolerance and discrimination will have been lowered significantly and it will become easier for people to spout hate. We will be de-sensitized to insensitivity and we will be promoting the mindset that material wealth is all one really needs for one’s dignity to be respected.

Is that what we really want?

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3 Responses

  1. Jen says:

    Rom!!!
    Nice photo 😀

  2. BrianB says:

    ROM, Ateneo will probably not do anything at this point. They should have done it before this thing blew up into a mushroom cloud. They know they are responsible but because they do not have a policy to deal with this thing, they, like Tracy, will wait till it blow over. I’d be interested to know what happens next.

  3. NicoleB says:

    Good post. I’ve been looking up stuff re this Tracy Borres issue. I never really knew how big it was til now. I’m curious, does she still get to go to class after what happened? Seems like alot of people are really upset with her, especially people from her school.

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