If the Justice League behaved like the online Social Justice community
do words change reality?
articles from Brendan O'Neill and Spiked
Language Wars : The New Yorker: "as David Foster Wallace points out in his essay “Authority and American Usage,” it’s not at all clear that “society’s mode of expression is productive of its attitudes rather than a product of those attitudes.” In other words, Wallace continues, it’s bizarre to believe that “America ceases to be elitist or unfair simply because Americans stop using certain vocabulary that is historically associated with elitism and unfairness.”
articles from Brendan O'Neill and Spiked
Grayson Perry: a class act | David Bowden | spiked: "the middle classes have grown increasingly obsessed with the impractical (expensive organic food) to advertise their ethical and financial superiority. ... The middle-class consumer – neither a producer or owner of capital – is obsessed with things which offer the security of the past while expressing a hostility and suspicion of the future, as the popularity of recycled and eco-conscious goods indicates."
Enoch Powell's real prejudices are alive and thriving – in the rhetoric of the Left – Telegraph Blogs
Are we all racists and victims now? | Mick Hume | spiked
an old article about the Taxi Test
A few people who claim all white folks are racist
Joseph Harker: Of course all white people are racist | Society | The Guardian
Something is racist if anyone says it is, facts be damned
Social Justice and the Aspie community
smarter people are harder to correct
Research Shows That the Smarter People Are, the More Susceptible They Are to Cognitive Bias : The New Yorker
on caste and class
regarding Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the charge of police racism
Of the 392 adults arrested for disorderly conduct, 57 percent were white and 34 percent were black. That racial breakdown almost exactly mirrored the racial composition of the population that Cambridge police investigated for disorderly conduct, the NECIR analysis shows."
why good people do awful things
Over the past couple of decades, psychologists have documented many different ways that our minds fail to see what is directly in front of us. They've come up with a concept called "bounded ethicality": That's the notion that cognitively, our ability to behave ethically is seriously limited, because we don't always see the ethical big picture.
One small example: the way a decision is framed. "The way that a decision is presented to me," says Tenbrunsel, "very much changes the way in which I view that decision, and then eventually, the decision it is that I reach. ... We like to help each other, especially people we identify with. And when we are helping people, we really don't see what we are doing as unethical."
Workers at site of fatal Conn. shootings upset by anti-racism website created by killer’s mom - The Washington Post
School Pulls Boy From Class for Black Face Costume - ABC News: "A white Colorado second-grade student who wore black face paint as part of a Martin Luther King costume has drawn criticism from school officials."
STREET CARNAGE » THE MYTH OF HIPSTER RACISM
a reason to despise elite universities
what "White Privilege" looks like
Hardship deepens for South Africa’s Poor Whites | Photographers Blog: "At least 450,000 white South Africans, 10 percent of the total white population, live below the poverty line and 100,000 are struggling just to survive, according to civil organisations and largely white trade union Solidarity."
Sasha Abramsky: The Dope Dealer Who Got 55 Years | The Progressive: "Angelos is not a murderer. Nor is he a rapist, an armed robber, or a kidnapper. If he were, chances are he’d be staring down a shorter sentence than the fifty-five years he’s burdened with. No, he is a medium-scale Salt Lake City marijuana dealer who had no prior felony convictions."
class insults: "townie"
race, class, and the prison system
[Infographic] Combating Mass Incarceration - The Facts | American Civil Liberties Union
Five Myths of the ‘Racist’ Criminal Justice System | FrontPage Magazine
The criminal justice system is not biased against the poor: "Nearly everyone commits crime -- only the poor are generally punished for it. "