In my Government class there are 4 middle aged white men. They fit the stereotype of conservative, middle class, white men. They are also convinced that their opinions are 100% correct and they will not listen to dissenting opinions. They argue amongst one another about whose opinion is correct.
Here’s an example of an argument (this is not verbatim):
Man 1: …and then these people get off of the bus with bull horns and block out these other people who actually have questions!
Man 2: Well all we need to ask ourselves is who do we know that has done this before, who supported Mr. Obama to the tune of 4 BILLION dollars? Who would bus those people over? The trade unions. –
Man 3: (To the professor) You’re gonna have to take me out of this class. I can’t keep my mouth shut! (To the class in general) What I don’t understand is why people think the president is such a big deal. The President in nobody! We hire people every 2 and 6 years to do what WE want. If the President does something we don’t like, they can change it.
Man 1: Maybe, but I heard an interview with a congressman who said he didn’t care what his constituents said, he would vote for what he wanted and what he thought would be best.
Man 3: Then he shouldn’t be re-elected!
Rest of the class: …(silence)
That’s just a sample of what takes place. They are basically unnecessary conversations that quickly spiral away from the original topic. I don’t have a problem hearing other people’s opinions that are different from mine. In fact, I welcome it. But when you take half an hour of my class time and don’t allow anyone else to join the conversation, I’m going to get mad.
People who are so ignorant and intolerant of other people’s viewpoints rub me the wrong way. That’s one of the reasons I no longer attend church. People there are so intolerant of people with different opinions, and they use God and their Christian religion as a reason for their intolerance. I don’t want to go to Sunday School and hear that Obama is a terrible President. That’s not what Sunday School is for.
I don’t want to go to Government class and hear these men speak. I want the professor to teach what he is supposed to, and tell these men to do their political debates outside of class. I know if he doesn’t tell them, one of these days I’ll make a scene in class and tell them myself.