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Larger issue at hand

Jillian Hirsch | Monday, January 25, 2010

Dear Patrick McHugh (“Forgive and forget,” Jan. 22),

This cartoon (“Mobile Party,” Jan. 13) is not just an offensive joke. It signifies a much larger issue for all of Notre Dame. While I agree with you that “being made fun of sucks,” this is not the same as someone calling you ugly or saying you have weird clothes. It is not funny to joke about hurting someone. There is never a justification for violence. What if the joke had been made about violence towards Jewish people, or African-Americans? Surely you would realize that this is not an issue you can just brush under the rug and forget about. This is a serious issue on campus that needs to be addressed. The hate crimes and discrimination towards gays is unacceptable. As Christians, we are taught to love and accept others. Changes must be made before such a disturbing issue, which goes against everything Jesus taught us, can simply be forgotten.


Jillian Hirsch


Pasquerilla West Hall

Jan. 23