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Of pit bulls and humans

Posted: October 17, 2008 9:39 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Is it just me, or is there a one-sided tilt on the way this pit bull issue is perceived at Valencia High School?

If you look at most of the letters and blogs that have been floating around, there seems to be a pattern that should frighten all of us.

It seems that the young people were open and receptive to the plight of this particular breed of dog. On the other hand, the responses from the adults tend to fall on the side of the breed, and they seem to be based on only negative articles posted on the Internet.

I wonder if people like Barbara A. Schiern of Valencia High School even looked for a positive story about this breed. I did, and I found plenty of good stories.

I don't believe it is that far of a stretch to compare the breed of an animal to the race of humans. Plainly put, we are all animals of different breeds - or races, if you prefer.

We are multicellular organisms, differing from plants. We have a nonphotosynthetic metabolism with a pronounced response to stimuli.

Given that, you can draw a comparison to the discrimination and demonization that this breed of animal is going through to the discrimination and demonization that certain races go through.

Both are condemned because of the negative actions and violent behavior (which can be unpredictable at best) in a few minority in their breed/race. Are they not?

I believe it is time to move away from the predisposed comments about the teacher (and there have been way too many unsubstantiated remarks) and the prejudiced feedback you seek out about the breed of dog on the Internet. Blame the deed, not the breed.

Let's redirect our focus on trying to run a fair and consistent educational facility. That would be best for our kids, not this foolish bickering.

In closing, I quote the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: "That within the best of us, there is some evil, and within the worst of us, there is some good.

"As you seek to hate him, find the center of goodness and place your attention there and you will take a new attitude."


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