Tag: Discrimination

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The last time I chatted with someone in a public place, we were discussing the change of local lizards this year. We usually see mostly green anoles — “chameleons” that can change from green to brown at will. But this year brown anoles — striped cousins that can’t change color — are all one sees. […]

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https://pjmedia.com/columns/megan-fox/2020/08/13/media-silent-after-white-5-year-old-shot-dead-in-front-of-family-by-black-neighbor-n787345 Are the “main” press outlets just trying to keep this quiet so they don’t start stomping some downtown, or camping in some park, or painting the streets? Read More View Post

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Thomas Chatterton Williams (Losing My Cool, Self-Portrait In Black and White) talks with Bridget from France and discusses the view of America from another country, the European response to Covid-19 vs. the US’s, and why the Unites States plays a central role in the imagination of the whole world. Thomas explains how he wound up “accidentally” writing a memoir about the difference between the black culture his dad grew up in from the one he grew up in, America’s historic attitude about race, and how his having his daughter who “looks like a Swedish child” led him to reassess what he’d previously written and his thoughts about the “construct” of race. He and Bridget cover why the hyper focus on racial difference is not the way to get past our divisions, the narcissism in the idea that whiteness in itself is responsible for all that’s wrong, why emigrating to another country was the hardest thing he’s ever done, and what he misses most about America.

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On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I was reminded of the trips we have made to St. Augustine, FL.

When tourists go to St. Augustine, many focus on the local fort, the Castillo de San Marcos, the candy factory, or listen to commentary about the countries that fought for control of Florida. On one of our trips, however, we located a quiet part of town, a neighborhood of discreet older homes with nicely trimmed lawns. These homes are a testament to the resilience of, and commitment to, the City of St. Augustine by the black community:

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My sweet little old Scottish mother died in October 2016. At the time, my brother was the head coach of a soccer team at a Cal State. He had been a soccer star while he attended college there (I think his records still stand) and eventually worked his way up to head coach. Over the […]

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‘We speak in English to the monolingual patients and staff, but we speak Spanish with each other because we think in Spanish. But one day they gathered us all together and warned us that if we continued to do so, we would be fired,’ Miranda, a San Juan native, said. ‘But there is no law […]

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This is a branch off @rushbabe49 mentioned the proposal in the Texas state legislature to deal with the City of San Antonio’s decision to ban Chick-fil-A from consideration for an airport food concession.

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Haaah-vahd is caught in a virtuous-victims vise, and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving center of intersectional grievance mongers. For the past year, Harvard has been slowly bled by allegations and then ugly revelations about their administration’s racial problem with Asians. Now, Harvard is being sued for profiting today from the racist Harvard past, specifically by exploiting the image of a slave. The plaintiff claims she is a descendant of the exploited African-American and suffers harm herself in seeing the continued exploitation of her ancestor by Harvard.

So, Harvard University is being sued for discrimination against Asians, in the same way as they once discriminated against Jews, and is being separately sued for the present-day continuation of its 19th-century exploitation of an African-American slave. Perhaps the Harvard shield of arms should be updated, replacing “Veritas,” written across three open books, with a plain black bar sinister.

Glenn C. Loury of Brown University joined Jason Riley to discuss the persistence of racial inequality in America. Their conversation took place at a Manhattan Institute event in New York City entitled “Barriers To Black Progress: Structural, Cultural, Or Both?

Professor Loury, who has also taught at Harvard University and Boston University, is a professor of economics, with a focus on race and inequality. He’s published several books, including The Anatomy of Racial Inequality and Race, Incarceration, and American Values.

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http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20180806-how-hidden-bias-can-stop-you-getting-a-job I was just reading the BBC essay above, on problems encountered in the hiring process, and how employers can further eliminate their hidden biases. Some of it was probably helpful but one sentence jumped out at me: Read More View Post

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One day I had a discussion with a man who (I thought) was a good friend. He was an ardent Leftist, and our discussion of politics and racism took a strange turn. When I pointed out that Jews had been discriminated against for centuries (and we’re both Jewish), he was outraged; he said that the Jewish experience couldn’t be compared to the tragedy of slavery. When I asked him, why not, he couldn’t answer me.

In another discussion, he was describing black people as victims and said we needed to acknowledge that fact. When I asked him how it benefited blacks if we acknowledged and treated them as victims, once again he couldn’t answer. We never discussed discrimination again.

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HI there:First of all, hats off to you and Tucker for the fine shows that are presented 5 evenings out of each week. I am especially pleased with all aspects of the shows that show Trump in a more true light. I am a retired home health aide. I tried very hard to remain true […]

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I think the big picture is, If we as a society agree that we can’t manage to interact with our fellow citizens (in personal or commercial relationships, either one) without the federal government always coming in and mediating those relationships for us, then the outcomes in particular cases will sometimes go in favor of the […]

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Howard Husock joins Seth Barron to discuss the Fair Housing Act, racial discrimination in residential neighborhoods, and efforts to reinvigorate the law today.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, the landmark legislation signed by President Lyndon Johnson aimed to end housing discrimination and residential segregation in America.

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I have thought for some time that I ought to unchain myself from Google. Yes, it has a great search engine. Chrome is a great browser and is the most widely used. Gmail is efficient and free. But, I have become uncomfortable about the loss of privacy. I have a Gmail account for personal stuff. […]

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Richard Epstein responds to the controversy around Google’s decision to fire an employee for a memo criticizing the company’s diversity policy.

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Martin Castro, chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, informs us that the phrases “religious liberty” and “religious freedom” are “code words” used to discriminate. Castro made the statements as part of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ 306-page report, “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles With Civil Liberties.” Originally scheduled for issuance in 2013, its […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. All Discrimination Is Not Created Equal

 

One of the marvels of liberal civilization is that — if one sees goods or services for sale — one can approach the proprietor with a reasonable expectation of doing business, no questions asked. Even expensive and important transactions can be handled without the relevant parties being required to connect at any deep level if they don’t wish to. We don’t need to offer specific justifications for our worth as human beings to every cashier; we just need to treat them decently and present cash. On the other hand, there’s nothing inherently wrong with having a business be more discriminating; in many cases, it’s not only natural, but highly beneficial and desired by all parties. Laws that prevent this may protect against some ugliness and harm by sellers, but also enable some despicable behavior on the part of customers, as we saw repeatedly during the baker/photographer/florist cases of the past few years.

This is among the prime reasons I’m opposed to our current regime of public accommodations laws, which privilege customers’ potential complaints of discrimination over any objection — real, imagined, honorable, or dishonorable — a business might have to participating. Likening a decades-long, state-enforced regime of racial discrimination in a region with a history of chattel slavery to someone not wishing to photograph lesbian nuptials isn’t just a stretch, it’s dishonest, and little-improved by evocations to slippery slopes. But, as the likely legal troubles faced by a ladies-only Uber competitor show, there is another reason to oppose such laws: they don’t let specialized services … specialize. Via the Boston Globe:

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I bet you do. Let’s perform a simple test. I will provide 5 comparisons of a white person and a black person. Look at each set of pictures and ask yourself: “Which person would I be comfortable around?” Read More View Post

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