Venanzi Luna: Despite the growing number of Latinos in the US and Walmart being the nation’s largest employer of Latinos, we continue to face issues in the workplace that have not been addressed.
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.
RJ Eskow: The “plantation” isn’t the only analogy for Sterling’s mindset. His attitude toward the players also resembles that of baronial landlords toward tenant farmers, or mine owners toward miners who were paid in “credits” for the company store.
Steven Mikulan: Few things say “class war” more eloquently than wage theft, the practice by unscrupulous businesses of short-changing their employees by undercounting work hours or shaving off time for breaks that were never taken.
Randy Shaw: Donald Sterling is a racist who has no business owning an NBA team. Yet he was allowed to do so by the same passive approach to racial bias that has become business as usual in much of the nation, and particularly in the world of sports.
Steve Moya and Alvaro Huerta: To provide an even playing field for all Latinos, especially those in low-income communities, we need to better collaborate to support targeted communities with an emphasis on families.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Sterling’s racist references to shiftless black untouchables are simply yet another snapshot of how caste, ethnicity and the bootstraps mythology play out in “post-racial” America.
Scot Nakagawa: A growing majority among us would like conservatives to get over their wishful thinking and come to grips with this fact.
Julie Gutman Dickinson: It’s been a long, dark road for America’s port truck drivers, but finally there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Vivian Rothstein: What if we had no government services and everything we used to get from government was run by private corporations? McDonald’s could be running the welfare system, Target the public schools and Walmart our mass transportation networks. What would be wrong with that?
David Love: According to a study by the Chicago Sun-Times, it takes 911 dispatchers over three times longer to send out a cop car in the predominantly black South Side of Chicago than downtown and the North Side.
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: The discriminatory intent toward Latinos is thinly veiled, if veiled at all. More generally, anti-immigrant laws diminish the value of our civil rights and respect for our liberties.
Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi: In the coming weeks the United States Supreme Court will render a decision in the case of Harris v. Quinn that could paralyze labor’s ability to organize workers throughout the country.
Roshan Bliss: I will fight to the death for the right of a teacher to have good compensation and job security and due process as much as I will for my students to have text books or proper health care and the things that they need to do well.