Opinion

EDITORIAL

“How Rude!”, Marty Merzer’s story in Sunday’s Miami Herald, was a refreshing 1A story for many in the South Florida community (though it may have been anticlimactic for some to learn that the story was not related to the hit sitcom Full House, a personal favorite of some of The Hurricane’s staff). But while it certainly brought up a great point-that people are becoming excessively rude in the United States today-it failed to really drive home what it should have, or perhaps had originally intended to do.

It is no secret to any of us, Miami natives and non-natives alike, that Miami takes rudeness to a new level, at least compared to other U.S. standards. And we’re all accountable. Merzer’s article touched on the ethnic divides that define Miami’s melting pot (or salad dressing) culture. But it failed to bring up other social tensions: elderly against adolescent, rich against poor, homosexual against homophobic, among others. The story gave national percentages, but failed to deliver on Miami-specific numbers.

Though the numbers aren’t there to support it, we’ll still ask: Why is rudeness so common here? Miami has weather that should make anyone happy to have the opportunity to live here. The amalgamation of cultures should be a good thing, giving people the chance to learn and love what’s available. But there’s the guy cutting you off at the grocery line, or someone complaining-to the cashier’s face-that he or she can’t speak English well enough. Or the woman who noticeably is pressing the “Close” button as you approach the elevator.

It’s an issue that we should take into account in our everyday lives-in respecting others’ opinions, displaying patience and kindness, and not getting so worked up over everything.

We all have to chip in to make the situation better, and if saying that touches your nerve, we apologize.

March 7, 2006

Reporters

The Miami Hurricane

Student newspaper at the University of Miami


Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • HurricaneSports

The Miami Hurricanes will have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball this season, and four play ...

Jesus Luzardo had yet to throw a single pitch as a professional baseball player in 2016 when he unde ...

Former Miami Hurricanes quarterback Robert Marve has been arrested in Hillsborough County on an out- ...

Mark Richt has led the Miami Hurricanes back into the national college football conversation during ...

University of Miami coach Mark Richt and his vaunted 2018 signing class, nicknamed #Storm18, should ...

A School of Communication associate professor played an important hand—an artistic one!—in World Cup ...

University of Miami law and political science professors weigh in on Trump’s SCOTUS nominee. ...

Research bioclimatologists with the UM Synoptic Climatology Lab counsel cities on how to manage risi ...

A UM-led study is examining how children’s play behavior at beaches could impact their health. ...

Political polarization, distrust in fact-based knowledge and verbal targeting may be fueling the ons ...

The University of Miami had four student-athletes selected to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award ...

The University of Miami's Symone Mason closed out the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships with a ...

University of Miami head volleyball coach Jose "Keno" Gandara announced the additions of K ...

Three-time CSCAA Honorable Mention All-American diver Wally Layland and two-time ITA All-American te ...

Miami head women's tennis coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews announced Thursday the signing of two more ...

TMH Twitter
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly in print on Tuesdays during the regular academic year.