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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-05 08:29 AM
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12. I have an Indian student.
The daughter of 2 doctors. I'm not sure if she was born here or in India, but she's lived here all her life, and makes 2 or 3 trips to India a year. She speaks 3 languages. She is PROFOUNDLY intellectually gifted; her understanding of concepts goes well beyond most adults I know, and she's only 10. She's also one of the kindest, most compassionate, patient, and tolerant human beings that I've ever met. Not surprisingly, she doesn't have many friends. Everyone admires and respects her, but nobody relates. She gets lonely.

She gets all of that empathy and tolerance from her mother, who is also an incredibly caring woman. A parent who stops by the classroom to see how I'm doing, and give me a hug and thanks on a regular basis. This is my 4th and final year with this young lady, and I'd like to just retire when I send her on in June.

If the average American child came with half of her sensitivity, caring, and appreciation for others, America would be a better place.
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  -The caste system in India NNN0LHI  Jan-03-05 06:16 AM   #0 
  - Thanks Nnnholhi.  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-03-05 06:23 AM   #1 
  - Your welcome. If you know is the caste system based solely on...  NNN0LHI   Jan-03-05 06:32 AM   #2 
  - Maybe an Indian DUer can clear this up, but I'll share what I know.  theorist   Jan-03-05 06:42 AM   #3 
  - I learned it was on your birth record.  izzie   Jan-03-05 06:47 AM   #5 
  - Caste is based on one's physical heritage.  MXMLLN   Jan-03-05 08:30 AM   #13 
  - OK, one big thing to consider...  manic expression   Jan-04-05 08:55 PM   #48 
  - dude...  2plus2   Jan-06-05 04:58 PM   #135 
  - I don't know if color is an issue in India. But I do know education is.  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-04-05 07:33 AM   #26 
  - Heritage, ethnicity, religion, etc, etc, etc.  blondeatlast   Jan-05-05 05:22 PM   #99 
     - Wow what a rude answer to a great DUer  Must_B_Free   Jan-05-05 10:42 PM   #120 
        - Don't worry about it Must_B_Free. It takes all kinds  NNN0LHI   Jan-06-05 06:11 AM   #122 
  - That is not the caste system, per se but the pervasive lack of  KlatooBNikto   Jan-03-05 06:46 AM   #4 
  - And all muslims are uncivilized  LynnTheDem   Jan-03-05 07:55 AM   #8 
  - Thanks for saying that Lynn  burythehatchet   Jan-03-05 09:40 AM   #19 
  - You have missed the gist of my posts by a mile.  KlatooBNikto   Jan-03-05 11:17 AM   #21 
  - Well, I'm glad to live in the perfect society!  Bridget Burke   Jan-03-05 08:20 AM   #11 
  - That's a pretty ridiculous post  fujiyama   Jan-03-05 08:55 AM   #17 
  - I don't know what Indians you're talking to  fujiyama   Jan-03-05 06:55 AM   #6 
  - yes, it doesn't have to do with caste but mostly about money  JI7   Jan-03-05 07:11 AM   #7 
  - How they know...  JackintheGreen   Jan-03-05 08:10 AM   #9 
     - Yeah you have a pretty good idea  fujiyama   Jan-03-05 08:48 AM   #16 
     - Pretty close to my understanding of it.  blondeatlast   Jan-05-05 05:25 PM   #100 
     - that's true..  2plus2   Jan-06-05 05:08 PM   #136 
  - More redneck than redneck? Oh the irony.  Democracy Died 2004   Jan-03-05 08:14 AM   #10 
  - I have an Indian student.  LWolf   Jan-03-05 08:29 AM   #12 
  - My doctor is Indian  NNN0LHI   Jan-03-05 08:44 AM   #14 
  - thanks for that story  burythehatchet   Jan-03-05 09:44 AM   #20 
  - You say that as if it's impossible to find an American black or hispanic  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-04-05 07:44 AM   #27 
     - Actually, I do NOT say that "as if it's impossible"  LWolf   Jan-04-05 08:29 AM   #30 
        - "Indians that I've encountered" is not broad-brush. It specifically  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-04-05 10:08 AM   #31 
           - I'm Indian. And you've encountered me.  MsTryska   Jan-04-05 10:38 AM   #32 
           - You're kidding, right?  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-04-05 06:03 PM   #39 
              - You seem to harbor some racist tendancies  fujiyama   Jan-04-05 09:44 PM   #51 
              - I would never impose my beliefs on anyone else. I'm just expressing  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-05-05 09:08 AM   #62 
              - I know I specifically believe  MsTryska   Jan-05-05 08:48 AM   #57 
              - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-05-05 11:59 AM   #67 
                 - You've got issues and  MsTryska   Jan-05-05 12:05 PM   #68 
                 - If you were right, the south wouldn't have gone for Bush.  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-05-05 05:08 PM   #96 
                 - Substitute "African American" for "your race" in your post ,  blondeatlast   Jan-05-05 05:32 PM   #102 
                    - I hope I will be able to word this in a way that the moderators accept.  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-06-05 08:15 AM   #124 
                       - Perhaps you should start from a place beyond stereotyping.  blondeatlast   Jan-06-05 03:58 PM   #131 
                          - We will agree to disagree.  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-06-05 04:40 PM   #132 
              - Why Indians would find english hard?  AngryAmish   Jan-05-05 12:32 PM   #72 
                 - yes - Sanskrit is the mother of the Indo-European languages  MsTryska   Jan-05-05 12:51 PM   #75 
                 - English is difficult for Spanish speakers because Spanish has a  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-05-05 05:14 PM   #97 
                 - so we should not conduct business in English because it's a difficult  MsTryska   Jan-06-05 08:34 AM   #125 
                    - Now it's you that are stereotyping.  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-06-05 04:44 PM   #133 
                       - Good. Because saying it is impossible,  MsTryska   Jan-07-05 08:07 AM   #139 
                          - That's what you call a straw man argument.  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-07-05 08:24 AM   #140 
                             - then what exactly are you arguing?  MsTryska   Jan-07-05 08:41 AM   #141 
                                - No. That's not what I said at all.  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-07-05 10:56 AM   #142 
                                   - to quote you from post #98  MsTryska   Jan-07-05 11:03 AM   #143 
                                      - To quote Spangle from the Florida forum:  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-07-05 04:58 PM   #144 
                 - Sanskrit is the mother of the Indic branch of the Indo-European family.  ZombieNixon   Jan-05-05 06:32 PM   #112 
                    - I think you know much more than I on this topic  AngryAmish   Jan-05-05 08:19 PM   #115 
                 - Hindi is Indo-European.  ZombieNixon   Jan-05-05 06:36 PM   #113 
                 - This post was unnecessary  bloodyjack   Jan-05-05 10:10 PM   #117 
           - May I be the first to complement you on your skill  blondeatlast   Jan-05-05 05:29 PM   #101 
  - I work with many Indians, and that's not my experience  orangepeel68   Jan-03-05 11:36 AM   #22 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-04-05 07:52 AM   #28 
     - you are so right,,,the 3 indians you know are exactly the  lionesspriyanka   Jan-04-05 10:42 AM   #33 
     - Three? There were four, and apparently it was enough to upset  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-04-05 06:04 PM   #40 
     - being racist upsets progressives...its just who we are...  lionesspriyanka   Jan-04-05 06:19 PM   #41 
        - I don't recall saying that you did alert the moderator. And it wouldn't  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-05-05 09:05 AM   #61 
        - and apparantly racism towards indians comes from latinos as well  lionesspriyanka   Jan-05-05 12:15 PM   #70 
           - Never, never did I put it all together until I came on this newsgroup  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-05-05 05:16 PM   #98 
           - Would like to expand on that point:  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-05-05 07:49 PM   #114 
              - well since the moderators keep removing your posts  lionesspriyanka   Jan-06-05 10:10 AM   #126 
                 - Never said it was an Indian neighborhood.  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-06-05 04:46 PM   #134 
        - Why, lioness, the utter NERVE of you.  blondeatlast   Jan-05-05 05:40 PM   #104 
           - i know...can you imagine that?  lionesspriyanka   Jan-06-05 10:14 AM   #127 
     - Thank you. My husband is South Asian, and he's the most respectful  blondeatlast   Jan-05-05 05:37 PM   #103 
     - the best thing is to avoid "them"?  orangepeel68   Jan-04-05 11:29 AM   #37 
        - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-04-05 06:22 PM   #42 
           - You obviously don't get it  fujiyama   Jan-04-05 09:57 PM   #52 
              - especially since they voted for a Party headed by a minority  JI7   Jan-04-05 11:28 PM   #53 
  - I've noticed that too  Magic Rat   Jan-03-05 11:40 AM   #23 
  - That's probably because  billyskank   Jan-03-05 11:58 AM   #25 
  - Perhaps it is because many Indians speak very correct English.  Bridget Burke   Jan-04-05 07:54 AM   #29 
  - My limited experience with Jews and other white people  fujiyama   Jan-04-05 02:33 PM   #38 
  - Not all of them, not by a long shot. I'm married to a Punjab.  blondeatlast   Jan-05-05 05:07 PM   #95 
  - those would be the rich Republican ones  IronLionZion   Jan-06-05 10:26 AM   #129 
  - The caste system is a working union classification  jmatthan   Jan-03-05 08:44 AM   #15 
  - the caste system works in india much like the race/class system works  lionesspriyanka   Jan-03-05 08:57 AM   #18 
  - The Caste System or Varnashram as it is properly known  billyskank   Jan-03-05 11:53 AM   #24 
  - Thank you  demwing   Jan-05-05 12:20 AM   #54 
  - You know one good thing i can say about the caste system?  MsTryska   Jan-04-05 10:42 AM   #34 
  - "bear in mind, i'm of indian descent"...  ChairOne   Jan-04-05 10:48 AM   #35 
  - What?  MsTryska   Jan-04-05 10:50 AM   #36 
  - If she's descended from Christians who had converted to escape  bloodyjack   Jan-05-05 12:32 AM   #55 
     - Thanks.  MsTryska   Jan-05-05 08:54 AM   #59 
  - What she really demonstrates is that  Must_B_Free   Jan-04-05 06:35 PM   #43 
     - And they'll also put out a pamphlet about....  ChairOne   Jan-04-05 06:54 PM   #45 
     - Israel/Palestine isn't the only bloody I/P hell in the world.  blondeatlast   Jan-05-05 05:52 PM   #105 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-05-05 08:57 AM   #60 
        - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-05-05 11:14 AM   #63 
           - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-05-05 11:55 AM   #65 
           - And defending one's lack of linguistic ability is the hallmark of what?  ChairOne   Jan-05-05 12:13 PM   #69 
              - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-05-05 12:18 PM   #71 
                 - Wow - holy false alternatives batman!  ChairOne   Jan-05-05 12:45 PM   #73 
                 - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-05-05 12:48 PM   #74 
                    - lol - and what, pray tell, is falling back on post count a hallmark of?  ChairOne   Jan-05-05 01:27 PM   #76 
                       - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-05-05 01:57 PM   #81 
                 - Typing is a low-caste accomplishment.  Bridget Burke   Jan-05-05 02:08 PM   #82 
                    - You're acting quite the Ugly American right now.  MsTryska   Jan-05-05 02:21 PM   #83 
           - Very uncool to correct another's grammar on DU.  blondeatlast   Jan-05-05 05:55 PM   #106 
  - I have read that both sides have oppressed the other  Must_B_Free   Jan-04-05 06:50 PM   #44 
  - Indian DUer to the rescue!  ZombieNixon   Jan-04-05 07:26 PM   #46 
  - Thank you. My minimal recollection from high school was that it was...  NNN0LHI   Jan-04-05 08:18 PM   #47 
  - Keep in mind as well how textbooks reflected the world betyond our borders  blondeatlast   Jan-05-05 06:00 PM   #108 
  - From what I know...  manic expression   Jan-04-05 09:05 PM   #49 
  - The "Aryan Invasion" is officially a "disputed theory"  ZombieNixon   Jan-04-05 09:37 PM   #50 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-05-05 10:36 PM   #118 
  - You don't need a system to tell you the color of someone's skin  demwing   Jan-05-05 12:34 AM   #56 
  - So--you're proposing an American caste system....  Bridget Burke   Jan-05-05 08:54 AM   #58 
  - I'm not "proposing" anything  demwing   Jan-05-05 11:27 AM   #64 
     - heh. Demwing....  MsTryska   Jan-05-05 11:59 AM   #66 
     - Namaste, Mataji  demwing   Jan-05-05 02:51 PM   #87 
        - Namaste!  MsTryska   Jan-05-05 02:55 PM   #88 
           - We probably made the error  demwing   Jan-05-05 03:07 PM   #90 
              - *lol*!  MsTryska   Jan-05-05 03:11 PM   #92 
     - Holy crap - you guys really *do* believe in BNW societies...  ChairOne   Jan-05-05 01:35 PM   #77 
        - Obviously, certain castes have less spelling "apptitude"!  Bridget Burke   Jan-05-05 01:39 PM   #78 
        - lol - I haven't gotten to use "sic" so much since...  ChairOne   Jan-05-05 01:45 PM   #80 
        - Which explains why you've used it incorrectly...  demwing   Jan-05-05 03:30 PM   #93 
        - Oh please, a spelling Nazi?  demwing   Jan-05-05 02:38 PM   #86 
        - No. You don't understand it  demwing   Jan-05-05 02:31 PM   #84 
           - as i've been saying in going back and forth with this one...  MsTryska   Jan-05-05 02:37 PM   #85 
           - I have no idea what I said to touch this off  demwing   Jan-05-05 03:00 PM   #89 
              - I know it.  MsTryska   Jan-05-05 03:09 PM   #91 
           - We do not have a caste system in the USA  Bridget Burke   Jan-06-05 07:27 AM   #123 
              - Lets take a step back before we go forward  demwing   Jan-06-05 11:02 AM   #130 
  - Skin color was the basis for Varna  Must_B_Free   Jan-05-05 10:38 PM   #119 
     - Etymology of "Varnish"  demwing   Jan-06-05 12:39 AM   #121 
        - Do you know what vernix is?  Must_B_Free   Jan-06-05 05:28 PM   #137 
           - Yep  demwing   Jan-06-05 06:43 PM   #138 
  - the holier than thou attitude to the caste system is amusing  lionesspriyanka   Jan-05-05 01:40 PM   #79 
  - And far less understood.  blondeatlast   Jan-05-05 06:04 PM   #109 
  - Pity we couldn't have had your wisdom earlier, but thanks for offering it.  blondeatlast   Jan-05-05 05:58 PM   #107 
  - Re : The caste system in India  gorky   Jan-05-05 05:04 PM   #94 
  - Welcome to DU, and I hope everyone will read your excellent links.  blondeatlast   Jan-05-05 06:11 PM   #110 
  - DUers, the RW media doesn't exist solely in the US.  blondeatlast   Jan-05-05 06:13 PM   #111 
  - OK I didn't read the article but I read an excellent article about  sistersofmercy   Jan-05-05 09:23 PM   #116 
  - The former president was an "untouchable"  IronLionZion   Jan-06-05 10:19 AM   #128 
  - As it happens, the Bollywood "event movie" of the season making rounds  pandorasox   Jan-07-05 05:18 PM   #145 

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