Mojosodope wrote:so why do you try to rationalize their decision? just curious.
Personal weakness of mine. I always want people to have good reasons for their actions, and if they're doing something terrible I'd rather ascribe it to thoughtlessness. That way, I can continue to have faith that if they had really thought about what they were doing they wouldn't have done it. I can hope that if the situation is explained--if they are educated--then their behaviors will improve and society will be better. Like Socrates, I desperately want to believe that evil is only born of ignorance.
If people are knowingly and willingly doing terrible things, if they have a comprehensive rationale for their behavior, then there's nothing I or anyone else can do to make it better. That's disheartening.
But I do cling to some shred of realism. I realize that people are often knowingly cruel and terrible--they even think it's fun. Which is why, as much as I may hope they would, I doubt the students will stop wearing the shirts.