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I'm not shutting up, but asking for more information!
Last Edit: BruceinIthaca 04:51 pm EDT 10/17/21
Posted by: BruceinIthaca 04:50 pm EDT 10/17/21
In reply to: re: I'm going to start by shutting up about this thing. - Singapore/Fling 11:22 pm EDT 10/16/21

Sometimes "emotional labor" is necessary to get by what may feel like an impasse. I think Sheng might have solved it initially by saying, "Olivier wore blackface, which was common for white or other non-Black actors playing Othello in that day, so that may make you cringe, but I think it's the version most faithful to Shakespeare's written text, which was the basis of Verdi's opera." Or would that not be enough?

Not to get too personal, but, since you typically take the moral high ground as your own stance, I've wondered for some time about the origins or meaning of your name. I get that "Singapore Sling" is the name of a fruity tropical drink that originated in the Raffles Bar (owned by Americans, by the way) and your name seems to be some pun on it (I don't know what a Singapore/Fling would be--you may have explained it at some point, but I missed it). Since the word "Singapore" is itself an Anglicized appropriation of a Malay word, and since, unless I am mistaken (and if I am, please do tell me), you identify as a white person or at least NOT as a person of color, how do you justify using that name, without an explanation to readers of this board, given the colonialist origins of the name and history of the domain by the British Empire for so long? As a 64 year old man (and your reference to the 66 year old instructor COULD strike some as ageist), I can still profit from some education. Since you are a teacher, I'm sure you know that education is a cooperative and collaborative venture, not simply the responsibility of the teacher (indeed, THAT would be a colonizing assumption, would it not), but flourishes when knowledge and discussion flows both ways.
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