“That Conversation about Race” category archive
Thom interviews New York Times reporter Wajahat Ali about the roots of the Christchurch massacre.
Read Ali’s New York Times article.
David wonders what right-wing extremists expect to gain from Donald Trump’s presidency.
The story mentions that what triggered the tirade was still not clear, but, frankly, that’s irrelevant.
Even had the man run into her grocery cart head-of-lettuce on, such language, not to mention the spitting, would have been unwarranted and, without question, constitutes a Grade-A case of Trumpling.
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.
Mike marvels at how persons can debase themselves by working for Fox News (warning: profanity):
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.
North Carolina allows a failing seg academy to become a charter school.
Field deftly explores the implications and dangers of the racism and bigotry that are at the core of Donald’s appeal.
Just read it.