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.

We Are Our Choices

We Are Our Choices

Steve Hochstadt: The racist normality of the early 1960s is difficult for my students to comprehend. None of them have attended a segregated school, they don’t routinely hear racist slurs.

Joan Rivers: A Gay Icon Gone

Joan Rivers Gay Icon

Rev. Irene Monroe: River’s time, energy, contribution, action and love for the LGBTQ community made her a hero. The self-proclaimed “Queen of the Gays” thanked us every chance she got.

Berkeley vs. Big Soda

Berkeley Soda Tax

Robert Reich: If a soda tax can’t pass in the most progressive city in America, it can’t pass anywhere. Big Soda knows that, which is why it’s determined to kill it here.

James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room

james baldwin

Scot Nakagawa: Like Van Gogh, Baldwin drew our attentions to lives lived on the margins of the known world in the 20th century just as we margin-dwellers were beginning to push toward the cultural center, contributing, in the process, to its continuing disintegration.

No One Was Singing the Blues

White Self-Pity

Steve Hochstadt: Only a man blind and naive to the suffering of others could have existed there and not recognized that there was a rampant culture of violence against blacks. Whether he personally saw mistreatment of them is irrelevant.

Hillary Surprisingly Bold on Ferguson

Hillary on Ferguson

Nia Malika Henderson: Whereas most Democrats and Republicans, and eventually President Obama, addressed the militarization of the police, Clinton actually went there on an issue that most avoided: racism and the criminal justice system.

O’Reilly, Race, and Asian Americans

Bill OReilly Asian Americans

Scot Nakagawa: Wednesday, Bill O’Reilly took us from the No Spin Zone to the make-your-head-spin zone in his rant, “The Truth About White Privilege.” And what was O’Reilly’s “truth?” That white privilege is a myth, the proof of which lies in the experience of Asian Americans.

Ferguson and Human Dignity

Michael Brown Left on Street

Jonathan Simon: Human dignity arose on the streets of Ferguson, hovering over Michael Brown’s body, growing ever larger as that body was degraded in the hot sun. Not his soul or his ghost, but the specter of the humanity he shared with all of us.

Why Ferguson Matters to Asian Americans

Ferguson Asian Americans

Soya Jung: The mutually reinforcing myths of black criminality and the model minority have no place in the world envisioned by the people of Ferguson, defiantly standing their ground, armed with love and rage in the face of tanks and guns.

The Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism?

The Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism? by Robert Reich

Robert Reich: 27 states have passed laws allowing companies to incorporate as “benefit corporations.” This gives directors legal protection to consider the interests of all stakeholders rather than just the shareholders.

College Football: Made in America by Union Workers

Professional Student Athletes

he college football season is right around the corner and fans across the country are getting ready to cheer for their favorite teams. But plenty of action is taking place already—not on the football fields, but in courtrooms and by legislative bodies—about players and what constitutes fair treatment. The big splash came when Northwestern University football [...]

Is Celibacy the New Ex-Gay Ministry?

ex-gay ministry

Rev. Irene Monroe: There are, however, still groups, usually motivated by religion-based homophobic therapies and ministries, who are hell-bent on the idea that LGBTQ Americans can and should be made straight.

Like Oil & Water: Civil Rights and Majority Rule

Anti Gay Amendment North Carolina

Sheria Reed: The people voted to amend our North Carolina state constitution in an effort to legalize discrimination against people who are not heterosexual. That’s a violation of the U.S. Constitution and our state constitution.

Adolph Hitler, Union Hater

Hitler Hated Unions

Berry Craig: The unions strongly opposed Hitler, who wove his hatred of organized labor into his genocidal anti-Semitism. The latter resulted in the Holocaust, the systematic murder of six million European Jews. Many Jews were in unions, too.

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