I just love non-apologies. I have always wanted a politician caught in an incredibly embarrassing scandal to do a press conference where he begins his speech, “I want to apologize to anybody who was too stupid to understand what I was trying to say or who with their limited intelligence somehow thought I was lying.”
CPS issued just that kind of apology to the racist test questions mentioned last week on this very blog. In an email, CPS spokesman Joel Hood said, “We apologize for any misunderstanding and have provided librarians an alternative test to administer to students,”
Let’s get one thing straight, the problem wasn’t a misunderstanding. A misunderstand happens when somebody means something and you interpret it differently. Nobody misunderstood those test questions. The problem was with the test questions themselves.
Hood’s explanation of course is that these views were not held by CPS, but “was designed for students to evaluate the credibility of arguments.” However, the test asked you to determine, which opinion was credible. Meaning, you had to pick one of them as authoritative. The only way to get the question correct was to say that the person saying that immigrants (including documented ones) can’t live in law abiding ways. There is nothing in the “authoritative” viewpoint that isn’t opinion and hyperbole. There is no way for an intelligent student to say, “They’re both wrong. My family is an immigrant family and we aren’t criminals.”
Spin it anyway you want it. There was no misunderstanding. What there was, is called racism.