No matter how much America may prefer to ignore its history, sometimes it’s naked and in bed next to you — and you simply can’t by Zaron Burnett III Most of the time it seems we prefer to ignore American history, but if you’re a black man, occasionally it will show-up in your bedroom and surprise you. Imagine being haunted by a poltergeist Wario: Boo! It’s-a me, American History! I’m-a here to ruin-a your sex tonight. It sounds ridiculous to imagine our country’s legacy as a mustachioed poltergeist with a comical Italian accent, but really that’s not much stranger than being suddenly … Continue reading A CONVERSATION BETWEEN BLACK MEN OF DIFFERENT GENERATIONS ABOUT DATING WHITE WOMEN

What’s Considered a Microagression?

Microaggressions is a term that’s gained popularity in the last few years but it was coined back in 1970. TIMSA/GETTY IMAGES BY DANIELLE DOUEZ I grew up being asked the same question nearly every time I met someone new: “Where are you from?” I would respond, “I’m from Washington D.C.” There was something about this answer that was unsatisfactory to whomever had asked. So, they would try again: “Oh, but I mean – like, where are you from?” They often squinted their eyes at this point for emphasis. Eventually, I learned that to many people I have racially ambiguous features. I took these … Continue reading What’s Considered a Microagression?

The Ku Klux Klan Is Growing—in Germany

Everett Historical via Shutterstock Nazi membership is outlawed, but not its racist American cousin. by Kelly Weill, Josephine Huetlin They have white hoods, Ku Klux Klan badges, and stockpiles of weapons. But these Klansmen aren’t in America—they’re in Germany, where a new wave of far-right extremism is taking cues from the U.S. Police in eight German states led raids last week on suspected members of a group called the National Socialist Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Deutschland, a name that glorifies both the American Klan and the Nazi party of Germany’s past. The raid, which reportedly turned up more … Continue reading The Ku Klux Klan Is Growing—in Germany

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