Rankism

Rankism, a term coined by physicist, educator, and citizen diplomat Robert W. Fuller, is used to describe "abusive, discriminatory, or exploitative behavior towards people because of their rank in a particular hierarchy". According to Fuller rank-based abuse underlies many other phenomena such as bullying, racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Rudy G and Malcolm X—A Connection

Rudy Giuliani Racist

Frank Fear: Two public figures—Rudy Giuliani and Malcolm X, different in fundamental ways—share something in common. Each voice exemplifies a prominent political discourse in America—one conservative, the other progressive.

Homeless Blood

Police Shoot Homeless Man

Unai Montes-Irueste: Intentions are irrelevant. Outcomes are all that matter for those already sleeping on the streets, already locked behind bars; already living in places where hard work and education afford one the privilege to perpetuate the Horatio Alger “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” lie.

Crazies on Parade

White Victimization

Tom Degan: I suspect that – subtly at least – the “white victimization” fantasy will, once again, be a key part of the right wing’s attempt to appeal to the clueless American people.

Who Will Cry for the Othered?

Othered Blacks

Sincere Kirabo: Through unrest and civil disobedience, my predecessors chipped away at the indomitable iceberg of marginalization until more headway was realized. More, not complete.

Riding for the Homeland Security Ranch

TSA Workers

Larry Wines: Congressional absolutist dumbbells are quite literally playing with fire. Temper-tantrum babies. And they’re not much different from kids playing with matches in the hayloft, with barrels of lamp oil and a lot of nervous livestock in the barn.

Hearing the Homeless

Los Angeles Homeless Population

Gene Rothman: “About three months into my six-month timeframe my father took a drunken swing at me and I defended myself by putting him to sleep. So I was thrown out.”

Beating Union-Busters at Their Own Game

Beating Union-Busters

Berry Craig: The first order of business, the measure strongly condemns “current efforts by out-of-state forces to divide labor and management and county against county with the introduction of county right-to-work ordinances.”

The Image That Destroys the Black “Welfare Queen” Myth

Welfare Queen

David Love: In his presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan promoted the idea of the “welfare queen” — the stereotypical inner city black woman who has numerous children out of wedlock, and buys drugs and Cadillacs with welfare money.

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