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Rauch develops his argument by presenting specific examples “The war on prejudice is now, in all likelihood, the most uncontroversial social. Jonathan Rauch’s essay is a deviation from the traditional point of view. This well written essay discusses the fact that society is rather trying to eliminate hate. Article — From the May issue. In defense of prejudice. Why incendiary speech must be protected. By Jonathan Rauch. Download Pdf. Read Online.

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Harper’s Magazine, May Ahmed, the bulk of your blog reviews what Rauch says.

What the assignment asks you to do is to offer your opinion of the defenss Rauch creates. You do get to that at the end, but the point here was to engage with the idea, not to restate it. Ahmed, you really understood the essay well as I can see after reading your blog.

I did pick up some of the things I missed after reading your blog that I missed when I read the pdejudice essay. Claflin commented you did not really touch on the idea of Rauch’s essay and what he was arguing until defenes end of your blog and only a little. But that little you did touch on made sense and could have went in the right direction if you would have elaborated more on that idea rather than sum up the whole essay and re state it.

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In defense of prejudice

Other than that good job. Ahmed, I really think that you understood the essay very well.

As for me I did not really understand it as well as you seem to. I think that by reading your blog it has helped me further understand Rauch’s work and what his opinion is.

In defense of prejudice | Harper’s Magazine

However, I was confused with your blog because I could not figure out what your argument was on Rauch’s essay. I think that you really do know what you are doing and maybe just left that part out because you were carried away dedense explaining what Rauch was saying in his essay. Elaborating on your own ideas and opinions will help this blog become a better argumentative blog and not so much an informative blog.

Other than that I think you are set and are headed in the direction of being able to write a really strong argumentative essay! Keep up the good work! In the article, Rauch is for the idea that as much as people are purposing to end prejudice, it is prejjudice impossible to bring it to a standstill. Just like freedom of expression is prjudice, same way sexism, racism, Christian bashing, racism, and other kinds of prejudice exists.

Bigotry cannot be successfully controlled and efforts in jknathan do end up looking irrational. People exist in a society where each person belongs to a type of its own in terms of reasoning and different views on various issues. In the case of Michigan student who felt that homosexuality is an ailment that can be corrected using therapy, was disciplined for violation of speech.


It is a fact that most religions are against homosexuals and not a prejudice for those who practice it. It is a belief held by a particular group of people making it impossible to describe bigotry and hate speech. Intellectual purity as a purist stance is a direction that leads to criticism by any group engendering prejudice. In essence it is a doctrine that destroys the mistakes rather than the person who commits the fault; the error gets penalized instead of the errant.

Pluralism should be the way to go by making the best out of bias and not finding ways to eradicate it completely. Posted by Ahmad Alkandari at 7: Ahmad Alkandari February 15, at 8: Jacob Claflin February 16, at Fencey 7 February 16, at Sai Tapasa February 16, at 8: Newer Post Older Post Home.