[sixties-l] Say What?

From: Jerry West (record@island.net)
Date: 10/09/00

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    Michael Rossman wrote:
    [ME:]  Although I abhor such violence as much as the next pacifist, even
    at targets less-generally respected,  it's instructive to review the
    rationale given by the SLA for the assassination of Marcus Foster. As I
    recall, they saw him as presiding over the military pacification of the
    public schools -- the key points being their fenced enclosure with armed
    guards, and the drugging of then-termed "hyperactive" students,
    particularly with Ritalin. Although the paths of development since do
    not coincide with SLA expectations, the irony of the present situation
    is apparent. For the degree of protective fortification and policing has
    advanced significantly,  not only in inner-city schools but in spreading
    to those more privileged; and the degree of drugging, across all social
    levels, has multiplied remarkably with the popularity of ADD/ADHD
    diagnosis and the general trend towards pharmaceutical management of
    personal and social problems. Ironically also, perhaps, Foster's
    assassination was a significant factor in disrupting the development of
    analyses and activism concerned with the conjunction of these two
    continuing developments.
    JW reply:
    Say what?  Michael, could you put the above paragraph in plain, terse
    English telling us whether you support the shooting of Marcus Foster or
    condemn the SLA for doing it?  The above looks like obfuscatory prose
    used in an attempt to avoid the heart of the issue.
    Jerry West
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