CANINE RACISM alive and well at the TSA as “pointy-eared” dogs get banned because snowflake children find them “scary”

by: Ethan Huff (Natural News) The next time you spot a security dog at the airport, chances are it’ll be some kind of cuddly breed with floppy ears. That’s because the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has decided that dogs with pointy ears are too “scary” for travelers – particularly younger travelers. While the TSA isn’t officially changing its dog policy to avoid breeds like German Shepherds in favor of, say, Labradors, the federal agency has indicated that it’s going to focus on maintaining a “floppy ear” force wherever possible so as to avoid “scar[ing] children.” “We’ve made a conscious effort in TSA … to … Continue reading CANINE RACISM alive and well at the TSA as “pointy-eared” dogs get banned because snowflake children find them “scary”

What is offensive?

Photo by Richard Kalvar/Magnum Quarrels over honour in duelling cultures can enlighten us today and demonstrate why some insults are intolerable by Clifton Mark writes about political theory, psychology, and other lifestyle-related topics. He lives in Toronto, ON. Edited by Nigel Warburton In 1717, Voltaire was arrested, some might say, for giving offence. He had published a ‘satirical’ verse that opens by calling the Duc d’Orleans, the then Regent of France, ‘an inhuman tyrant, famous for poison, atheism, and incest’. This pungent personal attack became so popular it was sung on the streets of Paris. In response, the Duc had Voltaire arrested … Continue reading What is offensive?

Dignity is delicate

Renford McIntyre pictured in Dudley, England, after being declared an illegal immigrant despite 50 years of living and working in the UK. Photo by Andrew Testa/Panos Human dignity is a concept with remarkably shallow historical roots. Is that why it is so presently endangered? Remy Debes is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Memphis and the editor of The Southern Journal of Philosophy. He is the editor of Dignity: A History(2017), a volume of the Oxford Philosophical Concepts series and a project of the Center for New Narratives in Philosophy.  His new monograph (in progress) is entitled, Respect as Understanding. Edited by Sam Dresser … Continue reading Dignity is delicate

Slavery-entangled philosophy

Slave Ship (1840) by J M W Turner. Courtesy the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston John Locke took part in administering the slave-owning colonies. Does that make him, and liberalism itself, hypocritical? by Holly Brewer is Burke chair of American history and associate professor at the University of Maryland. She is co-editor of the American Society for Legal History’s book series and serves on their board of directors. She is the author of By Birth or Consent: Children, Law, and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority (2005). Edited by Sam Haselby John Locke, who lived through two revolutions in 17th-century England, remains perhaps the most important theorist … Continue reading Slavery-entangled philosophy

How power affects the way you behave—and the way you’re punished

image edited by Fernando Kaskais We all live by society’s invisible rules but for some groups, these rules are tighter than for others, says psychologist Michele Gelfand. by Michele Gelfand We all live by society’s invisible rules but for some groups these rules are tighter than for others, says psychologist Michele Gelfand. Can “cultural intelligence” help us break up these bubbles, where those who are more powerful live according to looser standards than the boundaries set up for the less powerful? Rules, whether they’re visible or invisible, govern our behavior every day. Different groups have different rules, and have different … Continue reading How power affects the way you behave—and the way you’re punished

THE FIVE LEVELS OF WHITE FOLKS FEELINGS ABOUT BLACK FOLKS IN AMERICA TODAY

by Dylan Charles with Paul Davis Waking Times Talking about racism in America today is quite an uncomfortable thing for many people to do. Speaking for myself, I know that it’s impossible to understand the legacy of slavery and the effect it still has on our culture, but in order to truly heal from it, it needs to be brought out into the open. Racism as a word is widely overused and all too often used for the wrong reasons. It doesn’t mean just one thing, although it often connotes a certain image of bigotry and outright hate. More often than not, it … Continue reading THE FIVE LEVELS OF WHITE FOLKS FEELINGS ABOUT BLACK FOLKS IN AMERICA TODAY

Toni Morrison on the Deepest Meaning of Freedom

Toni Morrison illustrated by Katy Horan from Literary Witches — a celebration of trailblazing women writers who have enchanted and transformed the world. In praise of loving anything and anyone you choose to love. BY MARIA POPOVA “Everything can be taken from a man,” Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote in his timeless treatise on the human search for meaning, “but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Fourteen years later, at the apogee of the civil rights movement, James Baldwin observed: “Freedom is not something that anybody can be given, … Continue reading Toni Morrison on the Deepest Meaning of Freedom