Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/08/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Gathering of the klan (LUG)
From: "Bruce R. Slomovitz" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 07:49:19 -0400

I'm sorry, but I disagree, vehemently.   Ignorance, whether it be of correct
spelling, is never an excuse.  The word "Klan" spelled with a "K" evokes in
most people a sense of disgust, loathing, and embarassment.  I think it was
entirely appropriate for Mr. Kumagai to bring it up.  When I saw the
original post in question, I had the same feeling of disbelief that I have
when I see people who call themselves human flying a confederate flag.  I
think Mr. Kumagai (apparently not a native speaker of the English language -
and therefore apparently not someone born to the culture) very gently and
correctly pointed out the indescretion.  I think we should all thank him and
go out and take Leica pictures.

Bruce S.
- -----Original Message-----
From: Jim Brick <>
To: <>; <>
Date: Saturday, August 22, 1998 12:16 AM
Subject: RE: [Leica] Gathering of the klan (LUG)

>At 04:04 AM 8/22/98 +0900, kumagai wrote:
>>>>Subject : [Leica] Gathering of the klan (LUG)
>>                                                    ~~~~
>>Ummm, isn't it too much for a joke. There can be a Black American who read
>>it and deeply disappointed...
>>Tom Kumagai
>I believe the Bill meant to spell it with a "C" (clan) which according to
>Webster, means:
>"a group united by a common interest or common characteristics"
>And it's my opinion that even though it was spelled with a "K", there was
>no malice intended and therefore the subject should not have been brought
>to the LUG's attention. You do not need to point out simple mistakes by
>making racial connotations. Until I looked it up in the dictionary, I
>probably would have spelled it with a K as it is an American, Celtic, and
>just about anyone else's colloquialism... the word Clan simply means "a
>group united by a common interest or common characteristics". The LUG is a