Culture Warriors category archive
Just for grins and giggles, I am appending below the fold a spam comment that has been repeatedly appearing in my blog’s spam catcher for the last several weeks submitted as a comment to random posts by [fake names].
I was raised in the Southern Baptist Church before it went bucking fonkers.
These clowns represent no Christianity that I know. And that persons believe this demented drivel scares the bejesus out of me.
Phil Reed reviews recent research as to whether “social” media promotes “digital bubbles” and political polarization.
He finds that the research to be inconclusive but tends towards a yes. Here’s a bit; follow the link for the rest, including summaries of several studies.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Elizabeth A. Segal explores tribalism. After explaining that humans lived for centuries in small, homogeneous groups because geography and (lack of) means of traveling and mixing with others mandated it, we evolved with a predisposition to identifying with our “tribe.” But there is downside. Here’s a nugget (emphasis added):
We are built to be tribal. But sometimes that tribalism goes too far. The worst type of tribalism is groups aligned to destroy other groups, such as through ethnic cleansing and genocide. We have heard the word tribalism used a lot today in reference to our politics. Today in our political world we have “bad tribalism.” Bad tribalism is group identity that fosters bullying and scapegoating of others not like you. Bad tribalism joins people out of anger, jealousy, and spite, not for collective well-being. The unfortunate irony is that bad tribalism is easy to provoke, but not healthy to maintain. Staying angry is stressful, and large doses of stress is bad for our health.
The Austin Statesman cuts to the heart of those religionists, almost all or whom proudly dub themselves as “Christian,” who would legalize discrimination on the basis of religion. You know, those folks who don’t want to bake a cake for a gay wedding, just to mention one example.
Bob Gibson suggests that Virginia should teach all of its history.
When I was a young ‘un in public school in Virginia, 1619 was taught as the “Red Letter Year.”
At Psychology Today Blogs, Naomi Ellemers considers why persons find it so difficult to recognize discrimination when it is present. Her article focuses on academia, but can easily be generalize to the larger society.
Here’s a snippet (emphasis added):
It is tempting to think that people cannot suffer from discriminatory treatment as long as they do not realize they are being discriminated. Research convincingly shows this is not the case. Meta-analyses capturing results from many studies have revealed that subtle and implicit discrimination often is equally or even more harmful for well-being and performance motivation than more blatant displays of discriminatory treatment. How can this be? Denial of group-based discrimination while unequal treatment persists, reinforces the view that members of some groups are inherently less competent, motivated, or deserving than others.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Stanton Peele argues that addiction and Islamaphobia (and other manifestations of ethnic, religious, and racial hatred) satisfy similar emotional drives. Here’s bit:
. . . relying on drugs for existential pain relief and hating “other” social and religious groups serve the same essential identity functions for critical masses of white voters in the U.S. and worldwide among those seeking to protect their own, previously privileged, now under attack, white male identities.
It’s a short piece, but heavily annotated with links supporting his position. It is worth your while.
I am not surprised at the college admissions cheating indictments, particularly as they involve ersatz athletes and corrupt coaches. The corruption of college athletics has been obvious to anyone who would look for a long long time. It is why I can no longer enjoy watching college football games on New Year’s Day.
At the core of the scandal is the fear of powerful, wealthy, privileged persons that their privilege was not enough to get them what they felt they or their children were due simply because of who they were, so they decided that their privilege included the right to cheat.
At The Sacramento Bee, Marcos Breton writes a powerful essay that highlights the other side of this coin: persons who are accused of being undeserving because of the spelling of their last name or the color of their skin, those whom the jealous privileged accuse of being “tokens.”
Here’s a bit:
If your parents were from Mexico like mine, then this was the drill: Your place in college was secured by tokenism. Or so you were told by “friends.” And when you were hired for your chosen field, as I was hired by the San Jose Mercury News and then The Bee, then you were a “minority hire.” Or so you were told by “friends.”
I struggle to express the hole these indignities burned in me when I was naive and young and unaware of the social, political and cultural upheaval caused by the integration of white collar jobs and universities, a process that began before I came of age in the 1980s, but was in full backlash mode when I cluelessly took my place in the line of American opportunity.
Writing in The Roanoke Times, John Freivalds sees disturbing echoes of the past in the present.
Thom marvels at failed attempts to raise the female age of consent in Idaho, where it is currently 13 years of age.
I remember when my daughters were 13. Words fail me.