Date: 22 Feb 2011 14:25 Title: Dare Not Know
An interesting idea for a story and an interesting approach to the subject.
Hmm, O'Brien had to be really very blind to his own prejudice if calling the Cardassians "damn Cardies" is according to him a "legitimate suspicion." He was racist toward them since The Wounded and it didn't seem to change that much until he was really confronted with his own feelings in "Cardassians" episode and facing Rugal.
I'm looking forward to chapter 2. I also hope to see what O'Brien thought when a Cardassian woman misinterpreted his behaviour and became attracted to him--of all people, to a Cardassians-hater.
Author's Response: The next chapter is up, illustrating the point that ones prejudices are a result of what one doesn't know more what one already knows about a particular group of people. Miles insisted in "The Wounded" that he didn't have a problem with the Cardassians. His remark to Daro, though, could be construed negatively. His own prejudice becomes a little obvious in DS9. His use of the term "Legitimate suspicion" is a more subtle reference to a classic Picard line: "The road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia is much shorter than we think." This is a log entry made after his trial on Cardassia, so the subplot of "Destiny" has not yet happened.
Date: 21 Feb 2011 15:30 Title: Dare Not Know
Well done E1981. I think Miles is often overlooked as a character because he was such an everyday everyman kinda character but there was so much that he went through. You look at that and give a good appraisal of things from his perspective. If Kira had cause to hate the Cardassians, O'Brien was the next in line in terms of the DS9 characters given his experiences before the station and then in his time there. So he is an apt choice to explore for the Prejudices challenge and you do a good job of exploring how he feels and thinks about things. Well done, again.
Author's Response: Thanks for the review. I was stuck on this until I read about O'Brien's DS9 being jokingly dubbed "O'Brien Must Suffer" episodes. That really speaks to how he's not infallible and that even in the "enlightened 24th century" humans are still capable of prejudice.