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Claims of 'Post-Racial' Society and Other Denials of Racism May Reflect Ignorance of History

an. 15, 2013 — New research suggests that commonly observed differences in how groups perceive racism may be explained by ignorance about -- and even denial of -- the extent of racism over the course of history.

The research, conducted by psychological scientists at the University of Kansas and Texas A&M University, indicates that African Americans had more accurate knowledge of historically documented racism compared to European Americans. This difference in historical knowledge partially accounted for group differences in perceptions of racism, both at a systemic and an incident-specific level.

"Survey research consistently documents that, relative to White Americans, people from historically oppressed racial and ethnic minority groups tend to report less satisfaction with race relations, see social inequality as a greater problem, and see more racism in incidents, such as legislation targeting undocumented immigrants and 'stand your ground' laws," say the researchers.

The authors note that these perceptions of racism are often treated as exaggerated or delusional. But theory and research from cultural psychology suggest that differences in how people perceive racism may arise because individuals from minority groups are actually attuned to knowledge that individuals from the majority group lack. Individuals from the majority group may deny racism in the context of current events because they are ignorant about documented racism from the past.


“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” — Abraham Lincoln

Raise it!

Nature Always Finds a Way…

Squarepusher - Live From San Francisco (2012)

Charts: The Staggering Cost of Death Row for California Taxpayers

I recently came across an ambitious infographic created by the California Innocence Project following the failure of state Proposition 34, which, had it passed last November, would have abolished the death penalty in California. Voters weren't quite ready to go there—they rejected Prop. 34 by a 52-48 margin. Yet nearly 6 million Californians voted to do away with capital punishment, the administration of which has been fraught with problems, and which has huge budget implications in a state struggling mightily to fund essentials like public education.

The infographic is worth revisiting in light of California's policy on capital punishment remaining status quo. The Innocence Project, a program of California Western Law School that aims to identify wrongfully convicted prisoners and work toward their release, presents the facts here as they apply to California, whose death row population even dwarfs that of Texas. (Although Texas executes more people by far than any other state.) The numbers are stark, to say the least:


Of all the other animals on this planet, I think that the dog is humankind's closest companion

I'm sure that all of you cat people out there would disagree. But bear with me, if you will.

From what I can see it's the dog which has helped humanity prosper on this planet more than any other animal… EVER!

They have been our guards and helpmates, our finders and gatherers, our friends and companions, our warm shoulders to lean on, our confidantes and our family members.

Compassionate, friendly, fiercely loyal, trusting and self-sacrificing, what can be better than a dog?

Well, other than more dogs of course.

May they always be our friends.

It's a bit undercooked, don't you think?


Epileptic man mistaken for drug abuser beaten by Indianapolis police, lawsuit claims

INDIANAPOLIS - A seizure patient has filed a lawsuit against the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, claiming officers beat and arrested him after mistaking his symptoms for being high on drugs.

In his federal civil rights lawsuit, Randy Lynn of Indianapolis claims he suffered an epileptic seizure after shoveling snow from a sidewalk in the 2500 block of West Washington Street on Feb. 2, 2011. He fell to the ground and suffered a bloody nose, prompting paramedics to be called.

When IMPD officers arrived, Lynn's lawsuit claims officers immediately assumed that he was intoxicated.

He accuses Officer Timothy Huddleston of forcing him back to the ground during a struggle, and then Officer Nathan Challis is accused of using a Taser to jolt him three times during his arrest.

Lynn also accuses the officers of striking him on the head several times, while shocking him with a Taser on the neck, the lower back and his leg.

His lawsuit claims he was entirely unaware of what was going on due to his medical condition.

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