On prejudice

Famille Métisse (1775) by Marius-Pierre le Masurier. Photo courtesy Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac/RMN An 18th-century creole slaveholder invented the idea of ‘racial prejudice’ to defend diversity among a slave-owning elite Blake Smith is a postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His research, focusing on the French East India Company, has appeared in scholarly journals such as French Cultural Studies and the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, as well as popular media such as The Wire and The Appendix. Edited by Sam Haselby In 1791, Julien Raimond published one of the first critiques of racial prejudice. Raimond was a free man … Continue reading On prejudice

Too many ‘happy white people’? Hungarian city outraged at exclusion from EU culture contest

image edited by Fernando Kaskais FILE PHOTO: Hungarian folk dancers. © Attila Kisbenedek / AFP A Hungarian city’s bid to become the European Union’s next “Capital of Culture” was allegedly rejected by EU officials because its video entry showed too many smiling, dancing, white Christians, the city’s mayor says. Székesfehérvár, Hungary’s ninth-largest city, submitted a short video as part of its entry for the 2023 European Capitals of Culture contest, a competition designed to “celebrate the cultural features Europeans share.” Featuring folk dancers, young couples, mothers, babies and even two elderly gentlemen playing chess in a park, the video was rejected. The EU panel … Continue reading Too many ‘happy white people’? Hungarian city outraged at exclusion from EU culture contest

WHAT THE FUCK ? – Snowflake liberals now say photos of CHOPSTICKS are racist… even when the subject is Asian cuisine

 by: Ethan Huff (Natural News) Social justice warrior (SJW) extremists are once again playing that tired ol’ race card in condemnation of a feature piece recently published in The New York Times (NYT) that brought to the public’s attention the grand opening of a new Asian restaurant in New York City. The NYT article in question is inherently racist, according to some, because it contains a photo depicting chopsticks placed next to a plate of steak. Because the restaurant being promoted, known as Jade Sixty, will serve a variety of meat dishes as well as traditional Asian fare, the NYT editors who staged the … Continue reading WHAT THE FUCK ? – Snowflake liberals now say photos of CHOPSTICKS are racist… even when the subject is Asian cuisine

Are Algorithms Building the New Infrastructure of Racism?

SOCIAL ENGINEER: Robert Moses stands next to a model of the Brooklyn-Battery Bridge in New York City (which was never built). How we use big data can reinforce our worst biases—or help fix them. BY AARON M. BORNSTEIN We don’t know what our customers look like,” said Craig Berman, vice president of global communications at Amazon, to Bloomberg News in June 2015. Berman was responding to allegations that the company’s same-day delivery service discriminated against people of color. In the most literal sense, Berman’s defense was truthful: Amazon selects same-day delivery areas on the basis of cost and benefit factors, such as household … Continue reading Are Algorithms Building the New Infrastructure of Racism?

Western philosophy is racist

Illustration detail of Zu Luo, one of China’s 24 paragons of filial piety and a disciple of Confucius. Private collection.Photo by Corbis /Getty Academic philosophy in ‘the West’ ignores and disdains the thought traditions of China, India and Africa. This must change Bryan W Van Norden is professor of philosophy at Vassar College in New York, and a guest professor at Wuhan University in China. His latest book is Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto(2017), with a foreword by Jay L Garfield.  Mainstream philosophy in the so-called West is narrow-minded, unimaginative, and even xenophobic. I know I am levelling a serious charge. … Continue reading Western philosophy is racist

Is Tribalism a Natural Malfunction?

ILLUSTRATION BY FRANCESCO IZZO What computers teach us about getting along. BY SIMON DEDEO From an office at Carnegie Mellon, my colleague John Miller and I had evolved a computer program with a taste for genocide. This was certainly not our intent. We were not scholars of race, or war. We were interested in the emergence of primitive cooperation. So we built machines that lived in an imaginary society, and made them play a game with each other—one known to engender complex social behavior just as surely as a mushy banana makes fruit flies. The game is called Prisoner’s Dilemma. … Continue reading Is Tribalism a Natural Malfunction?

The scalp from Sand Creek

 A rare eye-witness depiction of the Sand Creek attack by the Cheyenne warrior-artist Howling Wolf. Photo courtesy Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio. Gift of Mrs. Jacob D. Cox, 1904. Even after museums return human remains pillaged from a massacre in 1864, can repatriation heal the wounds of history? by Chip Colwell is editor-in-chief of SAPIENS and curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. His latest book is Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture (2017). He lives in Denver, Colorado. On the morning of 29 November 1864, nearly 700 … Continue reading The scalp from Sand Creek