Richard Eskow: In the 1960s, people assumed that increases in our national wealth would always be shared by everyone. Today we assume those gains will only go to the powerful few, because that’s what has happened in recent decades.
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.
Abba Solomon: That quality of being “White, But” allowed fruitful cooperation and alliances of blacks and Jews in the post Civil War era, when Jews of eastern Europe came in flood quantities to America, and African Americans came to a problematic citizenship out from bondage.
Nancy Scheper-Hughes: California Gov. Jerry Brown and the California legislature agreed to end the cap on support for families in need, most of them single mothers and their children. It took 20 years for California to reject a program based on the Clinton-era attack on “welfare as we knew it.”
The Platform is a strong and comprehensive statement for social, racial, political, and economic justice. We would very much like to live in the society it describes.
Eric Gordon: Patients discharged from serious operations register at the hotel for their recuperation and continuing care. But there is no special training for hotel workers on handling medical clientele, which can be dangerous.
Jahsun Edmonds: Bank of America, J. P. Morgan Chase, Wachovia, Wells Fargo, Brown Brothers Harriman, The Royal Bank of Scotland, N. M. Rothschild & Sons Bank, and Lehman Brothers owned, sold, and purchased slaves.
Scot Nakagawa: I can attest to there being racism everywhere, but my travels have led me to the conclusion that Portland is the most smugly racist major city in the country among the ones I’ve visited, and I’ve been to most.
Larry Aubry: Cries for racial neutrality in a nation still anchored in racism only serve to obscure the causal factors and delay sorely needed concrete solutions.
Carl Matthes: I don’t know of a single LGBT person who argues that Christians should undergo aversion therapy to cure them of their Christianity. However, some well-meaning devout Christian folk, don’t yet understand that you can’t pray the spots off of a leopard.
Tom Hastings: Most black people who shoot at cops do not live to be tried and when they are they are almost invariably convicted. Most cops who kill black people, armed or unarmed, have utter confidence that they will never be charged
Peter Laarman: We could accomplish so much if even a fraction of what we now spend on policing and incarceration were spent instead on meeting human needs.
Irene Monroe: This election year we have a candidate who’s turned hate speech into a campaign platform. In response, I’m taking Michelle’s advice and directing it toward another first lady. They can go low, but I’m going “with her.”
Corinne Fletcher: A more honest and accurate way to talk about racism – which requires both prejudice and systemic or institutional power over others – is to call it what it is: white supremacy.