Scot Nakagawa: We did not just pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. Instead, we owe a great debt to the Civil Rights Movement. I say the upcoming anniversary of the March is as good a time as any to start talking about it.
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.
Frederick Sparks: We exist within a social-political and media framework that repeatedly pushes the notion that the disadvantaged are largely responsible for their own plight, that victims must have played some role in their own fate, that those who are better off are better off because they are better people.
Gary Cohn: A conservative legal organization that has pushed to overturn the 1964 Voting Rights Act filed a lawsuit in federal court in Santa Ana that could accomplish in the courts what Prop. 32 couldn’t at the ballot box.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Pope Francis’ remarks are still sending global shock waves. And they are the most LGBTQ affirmative remarks the world has ever heard.
Hasira Ashemu: The people who fight to undo worker’s rights and assault unions are often the very same folks who craft laws and policies that allowed Trayvon Martin’s killer to walk free, that disenfranchise black voters and expand the use of racial profiling.
Jasmyne Cannick: If Bill O”Reilly feels that strongly about Rev. Sharpton, maybe he should ask himself why Blacks still need Rev. Sharpton and his ilk in 2013.
Melina Abdullah: As the darting eyes of this growing, interlocking body of young people begin to settle on the prize – on the toppling of the racist, classist, oppressive regime — I am renewed, relieved and resolved to take my rightful place as a part of the Mama Brigade, pushing the young ones forward.
Tom Hall: Complacency kills. There was a time when the world watched oppressed Americans march in the streets, sit in at auto plants and lunch counters, and face the guns of National Guard troops. Now, comfortably oppressed Americans watch as other people, in Benghazi, and Tahrir Square, and Tiananmen Square, remind us of the spirit we have lost.
Anthony Samad: The youth see that and see their futures tied to an unjust world. It’s one thing to negotiate their dignity; it’s another thing to negotiate their lives.
David Love: We can and must condemn the carnage in our communities, and the self-hatred and internalized oppression, even as we identify and challenge the racism in the courtroom, the boardroom, the classroom, the death chamber, and in those “Stand Your Ground” and Voter ID laws. It’s all connected.
Dan Bluemel: Being routinely stopped by police and searched for no apparent reason, or followed through a neighborhood only to be asked why they are there, are indignities the average white person will likely never suffer.
Anthony Samad: The people’s outrage is legitimate and we have the “right to protest for right,” as Dr. King once said. But protest takes many forms and that’s where we have to be wise.
Steven Mikulan: Has the New York Times turned into a latter-day Daily Worker, or are labor conditions in America becoming so bad that even the national paper of record is demanding social justice?