Where Is Oberlin's Patriotism?

In November I attended Parents' Weekend, as my son is a junior at Oberlin. The president and dean noted that the campus treasures diversity of opinion, particularly in the aftermath of September 11. Having recently received Oberlin Reflections, I find that while this may be the theory, it is not fully practiced. Leafing through its pages, I noted poignant reminisces of individuals caught in the maelstrom of the World Trade Center. However, any reference of a political nature made within the document related to anti-war protests, "militarism"-assumed racism, and other "politically correct" issues. This was reflected in the editorial of The Oberlin Review, the section on the students' response on campus, and in other articles. Nowhere in this publication was there any sense of patriotism or support for the president or our armed forces. Considering the fact that 88 percent of Americans support the president in our war against terrorism, one would think this perspective would be evidenced in Oberlin Reflections. Perhaps the fundamentalism of political correctness on the campus precludes any discussion of a "just war" in this publication. It is clear, however, that not all perspectives are represented in campus publications, if Oberlin Reflections is an example.
Max L. Kleinman
Livingston, New Jersey

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