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Journalistic Icon Helen Thomas Abruptly Retires Amidst Controversy Comments

An attempted apology didn't dissuade those who felt Thomas should bear some consequences for her irresponsible remarks. Continue Reading

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  1. Lisa
    4 years ago

    I had a history teacher in high school who focused on 1930's -- isolationism, Hitler's plan for the Jews, the rise of socialism across Europe and the price of indifference to genocide. His mid-term exam was provocative, probing and pithy as it consisted of one question, "Could it happen again?"

    As a college bound junior, I was determined to make a case in 45 minutes that it could never happen again. I argued that treaties, tripwires and technology would expose the incidious nature of bigotry along with a singling out of a race well before it reached the levels of WWII. We spent the year debating whether changes in regimes really equate to a changes in people. He finally conceded by giving me an A in the course and wished me well as I went off to Berkeley to engage in even more debates on the topic.

    Today, I want to let Mr. Beltrami, my high school history teacher, know that I didn't deserve that A. My entire hypothesis was wrong and Helen Thomas is the embodiment of it. Maybe I am disillusioned or maybe Beltrami's moral compass still points me to 1930's. Blatant bigotry like that demonstrated by Helen Thomas has always lived there and force people like me to as well. I am relieved to see her go.

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