The three faces of racism

Inadvertent, habitual, explicit Why are black people stopped by police more than white people? Is it simply the actions of an explicitly  racist contingent? Or is there something more nuanced at play? Cognitive dissonance is at the heart of this insidious prejudice. By Berit Brogaard and Dimitria Gatzia.  Imagine that Max claims to be a committed environmentalist but continues to consume animal products. Since animal agriculture is one of the main causes of climate change, you may be inclined to think of him as a hypocrite. A hypocrite, after all, is someone who professes to hold beliefs one does not … Continue reading The three faces of racism

Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories

During the day, immigrant teenagers attend high school. At night, they work in factories to pay debts to smugglers and send money to family. The authorities aren’t surprised by child labor. They’re also not doing much about it. by Melissa Sanchez ProPublica Illinois is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. This story was co-published with Mother Jones and El País. It’s a little before 6 a.m. and still dark when Garcia gets home from work this October morning. The apartment where he lives with his aunt and uncle is silent. They’ve already left for their own jobs. After nine … Continue reading Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories

The Psychology Behind Police Brutality

By Arlin Cuncic  Have you ever wondered about the psychology behind police brutality? Why is it that some police officers can go their whole careers without ever using excessive force, while others seem to be caught in a cycle of using more force than is required sometimes leading to death? Furthermore, what are the factors that influence a police officer to use excessive force? These questions and more have been on the minds of many as acts of police brutality seem to be occurring more regularly, and racial tensions over the inequality regarding the victims of police brutality have emerged. What … Continue reading The Psychology Behind Police Brutality

Philosophy’s systemic racism

It’s not just that Hegel and Rousseau were racists. Racism was baked into the very structure of their dialectical philosophy Avram Alpert is a lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program and the author of Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki (2019) and A Partial Enlightenment: What Modern Literature and Buddhism Can Teach Us About Living Well without Perfection (forthcoming).Listen here Edited by Nigel Warburton It is by now well known that some of the greatest modern philosophers held racist views. John Locke (1632-1704), David Hume (1711-76), Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), G W F Hegel (1770-1831) and many others believed that Black and … Continue reading Philosophy’s systemic racism

THE STARTER HOME DREAM IS OVER. FOR MILLIONS, IT WAS ALWAYS A FANTASY.

by Andrew Fiouzi  For decades, starter homes helped white families build wealth. Now, thanks to real estate discrimination, a global pandemic and a crumbling economy, the American Dream is even more out of reach for everyone else After World War II, a generation of veterans returned home into the jowls of an affordable-housing crisis. William Levitt, son of real-estate developer Abraham Levitt, began plotting the development of Levittown, a community of 17,000 low-price “starter” homes on 7.3 square miles of land. There, for as little as $8,000, young Americans could afford a piece of the American dream. The creation of the … Continue reading THE STARTER HOME DREAM IS OVER. FOR MILLIONS, IT WAS ALWAYS A FANTASY.

Picturing God as a White Man Is Linked to Racial Stereotypes about Leaders

Pervasive racial images associated with the Almighty shape who people see as worthy of being in charge By Daisy Grewal  Nationwide protests against racial injustice have shone a spotlight on U.S. corporations’ lack of diversity.Despite decades of initiatives to increase the number of Black executives, only 1 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are Black. While there are many reasons for this disparity—including systemic racism and discrimination and a lack of economic opportunity—psychologists have recently uncovered a startling potential factor: the tendency to view God as white. Christianity, the dominant religion in the U.S., conceptualizes the deity as the ultimate leader. And the … Continue reading Picturing God as a White Man Is Linked to Racial Stereotypes about Leaders

The king of Haiti’s dream

How a utopian vision of Black freedom and self-government was undone in a world still in thrall to slavery and racism Marlene L Daut is professor of African diaspora studies in the Carter G Woodson Institute and the programme in American studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism (2017), Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865 (2015); and the forthcoming collection An Anthology of Haitian Revolutionary Fictions, edited with Grégory Pierrot and Marion Rohrleitner.Listen here Edited by Sam Haselby After declaring independence … Continue reading The king of Haiti’s dream

Why is it so hard to find a Black therapist?

Black mental health matters. It always has, and it always will. When the care you seek for your mental well-being can actually result in more harm and damage to your psyche, it is no wonder why many Black people have a hard time seeking and asking for help from institutions or even privately owned mental health practices. By Minaa B. Finding a therapist can be hard, and I can admit that even as a therapist myself. For some, there are issues finding someone in your area, for others, it’s difficult to find someone who accepts your insurance or fits within your … Continue reading Why is it so hard to find a Black therapist?

NON-LETHAL POLICING IS A PRIVILEGE RESERVED FOR WHITE SUSPECTS

In all these cases, Blackness — not the threat level of the man arrested — was the difference between life and death by Zaron Burnett III  On May 27th, 28-year-old miscreant Rondale Turner was pulled over in Guymon, Oklahoma, for reckless driving. But instead of complying with the officer, Turner drove off, eventually abandoning his vehicle and trying to make a run for it before the officer was able to locate him in a field and arrest him. While he was being booked at the county jail, however, Turner slipped away again, stealing a K-9 police cruiser with a police dog … Continue reading NON-LETHAL POLICING IS A PRIVILEGE RESERVED FOR WHITE SUSPECTS

Former Employees Say Ellen’s “Be Kind” Talk Show Mantra Masks A Toxic Work Culture

“If [Ellen] wants to have her own show and have her name on the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what’s going on,” one former employee said. by Krystie Lee Yandoli Ellen DeGeneres has built her worldwide, multimillion-dollar brand on the motto “be kind,” with lavish giveaways and acts of charity. But behind the scenes, current and former employees on her leading daytime show say they faced racism, fear, and intimidation. “That ‘be kind’ bullshit only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show,” one former employee told BuzzFeed News. “I know they give money … Continue reading Former Employees Say Ellen’s “Be Kind” Talk Show Mantra Masks A Toxic Work Culture