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.

Where Is My Black Body Safe In America?

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Irene Monroe: “The reality of unarmed African American women being beaten, profiled, sexually violated and murdered by law enforcement officials with alarming regularity is too often ignored – especially with the focus of police brutality on African African males.”

Will Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Hope Triumph?

Ta-Nehisi Coates

John Peeler: In these times of racial tensions around repeated police killings of unarmed blacks, it is easy to see why Coates is pessimistic, and hard to understand why he continues to have enough hope to keep on writing to a white audience.

Atticus Finch vs. Atticus Finch

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Charles Hayes: Imagining Gregory Peck as Atticus making racist statements is like going to the doctor for a common cold and finding out you have cancer: it’s earth-shattering.

Hogtied and Dragged by Police

Hogtied and Dragged by Police — Sharon Kyle

Hogtied and Dragged by Police video surfaced on YouTube that shows a person, who is hogtied, being dragged away by a police officer. The title and text accompanying the video suggests that the person in the video is Sandra Bland. Turns out, the video is mislabeled. We don’t know if the mislabeling was done intentionally […]

Obama, LGBT Rights, Kenya

Obama Gay Rights in Africa

Frank McAlpin: As the leader of a nation that represents freedom and equality to the world President Obama has an obligation to condemn the oppression and human rights violations that LGBT people experience, not just in Kenya but around the world.

What the National Coming Out Day Wrought

National Coming Out Day

Carl Matthes: In about 50 years, LGBT folk built a tremendous network of support institutions; fought vigorously over legal matters and in the courts; became important to the political process and took on HIV/AIDS.

Help Protect Food Workers Endangered by Antibiotics Overuse

Help Protect Food Workers Endangered by Antibiotics Overuse — Joann Lo

Joann Lo: The Food Chain Workers Alliance calls on the Los Angeles City Council to adopt the Healthy Farms to Healthy Families Resolution in support of the proposed federal bills Protection of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act and Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act.

We Must Stand Together and Demand Justice

Reverend Edward Pinkney

Reverend Edward Pinkney: Many supporters believe that I am being punished by the criminal Berrien County justice system and local authorities for opposing the Whirlpool Corporation’s plan to expand its hostile land takeover and to gentrify Benton Harbor to turn the area into a multi-million dollar golf resort and playground for tourists and the PGA elitists.