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Defintions of Racism

This is thread to find out what the current definitions of racism are. This weekend, I had an interesting interchange with 1StrongBlackMan about the difference between "bigotry" and "racism". I have a few years and a bunch of grey hairs on me, so I am not up to date on the new definitions, especially if they come from college campuses. (I graduated many moons ago.)

To start, I'll put up what seemed to be the basic definitions (which now seem to be passe):


1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.

2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.



stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own.


From the discussions I have seen here on DU, these definitions are no longer adequate. I would like a respectful discussion on this and would really like to know how these definitions have evolved.

If you are going to use academic sources, it would be nice to have a link or the name of the article and the journal it appears in. Not required, but helpful.


The RW has finally freaking lost it

This sounds like they're stocking up MREs and hiding in the bomb shelter, not preparing for 2016:


We need a viable candidate to win in 2016. Otherwise, we get the choice of these wingnuts.

L.A Times Reporter Matt Pearce hit in head by rock in Ferguson

SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) Ė L.A Times Reporter Matt Pearce was injured during protests in south St. Louis Sunday night.

News 4 crews say Pearce was hit in the head at Vandeventer and 44 after citizens were seen throwing rocks. It is unclear why rocks were being thrown or if Pearce was the target.

Pearce later tweeted out that a Gateway Region Action Medic assisted him and that he was fine.

Read more: http://www.kmov.com/news/talkers/LA-Times-reporter-injured-while-covering-protests-in-south-St-Louis-283653611.html#ixzz3Jx7G2tlq


Why a 17-year-old might not report a rape (even if it's not Bill Cosby)

There has been a lot of discussion about why Cosby's accusers didn't report the rapes or report them right away. Some of the alleged victims are very young--at least two were underage (15 and 17). (That's statutory rape even in the unlikely event that the sexual activity was consensual.)

As of yet, there has not been a criminal case against Cosby, and the civil case from 2006 was settled financially. A financial settlement does not necessarily mean guilt, since stars often settle "nuisance" suits to make people go away. On the other hand, over a dozen women were represented in that suit.

In the meantime, let's take the Barbara Bowman case: Bowman was 17 at the time of the alleged rapes, which, according to Bowman, involved her being drugged by Cosby. She was uncertain at first what had happened. But even after you're certain, why might you not report it? (Remember Bowman did go to a lawyer and they laughed at her).

An Open Letter to Whoopi Goldberg
Hereís why women often donít immediately report sexual assault, let alone get rape kits.


I was raped at 17. My rapist was not a powerful celebrity. He was a nobody. But I didn't go to the police. I didn't go to a hospital.

Why donít we tell, Whoopi? Because our skin burns with shame. I thought my body would never get clean, not only from him but from my own stupidity and weakness. The minute after it ended I felt like I was being torn into pieces, like I was on fire, and I just wanted to shower. I felt crazy, confused, angry, beaten, lost, like I had a zipper running from throat to naval. I felt more alone than Iíve ever felt before or since. I felt like the severed pieces of my body were floating in darkness. I felt savaged. I felt terrified.

Hereís what I did not feel: capable of calmly picking up the phone. Capable of walking to the hospital and talking to one functionary after another. Capable of filling out paperwork. Capable of being touched by another person without exploding into flames. Capable of functioning at all like a human being because I wasnít a human being. I felt like if I even went outside of my room my organs would explode out of my body. How would I explain that to the cops?

Ultimately, I told one person who I swore to secrecy. Had I allowed him to tell others, my rapist would perhaps be serving time rather than serving sandwiches in a vegetarian restaurant in the Bronx where, last I heard, he was a manager*. But I believed I was to blame.

Months passed before I told someone else, but they did not take appropriate action, and he remained free. Years passed before I went into detail about it ó in a cover story for a newspaper, no less ó and I didn't use his name. Even now I allow him to have a family, a business, a good life, from what I hear, because I think to myself: Well, he was young. Maybe heís changed. We contain multitudes. Itís complicated.

Why don't I tell? Deep down, I still feel like that terrible girl who made something bad happen. I think about confronting him, sure. But I do nothing. I will do nothing. If he were a celebrity, however, you bet your fucking ass Iíd tell my story.

Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/11/18/open-letter-whoopi-goldberg/#2UIWkBAg9djbEiUG.99

Is there a thread for the President's speech?

I'm watching on


OMG! Selling ignorance as science??

A friend of mine in the sciences is very concerned about this upcoming "documentary." This is far worse than thinking humans left out food bowls for dinosaurs 6000 years ago. I'm just speechless.

Chris Hedges - Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

"Why I didnít vote in the midterm elections" (GW student)

Why I didnít vote in the midterm elections

Now, I would never tell a well-educated, politically active citizen to stay home on Election Day. But personally, just for myself, I felt OK about it. This year, nothing in particular compelled me to head to the polls Ė not a dynamic candidate nor compelling issue. And if I had voted just for the sake of being able to brag about it, that would have felt insincere.

In 2012, I made sure to vote because I was jazzed to help guarantee President Barack Obama a second term in office. Truth be told, I mailed my absentee ballot the morning of Election Day and Iím not even sure it counted, in the end. But I didnít care, because to me, it was largely symbolic, and I was satisfied.

Iím registered to vote in Michigan, but only because thatís where my family lives. I grew up overseas, so Iím not really invested in Michigan politics and canít even name our senators. (But I do know my mom curses at Terri Lynn Land every time she sees a lawn sign with her name on it, so I know weíre happy about that particular race, I guess?)

Sure, maybe I should have registered in D.C. Iíve at least followed the mayoral election here, though mostly because Iím a Hatchet staffer. But when I saw Muriel Bowser, the Democratic nominee for mayor and eventual victor, speak on campus last semester, I found myself not really liking her as a person. (Sorry, Muriel.) So a desire to vote for her didnít drive me to the polls, either.

So shame me all you want, but I stand by my decision. When you talk about getting out the vote, itís not me youíre talking about.

When a Student Confides a Rape, Should a Professor Have to Report It?

In California, K-12 teachers are mandatory reporters of all kinds of abuse, including sexual abuse. Many colleges are extended this responsibility (though not a legal obligation) to college professors.

When a Student Confides a Rape, Should a Professor Have to Report It?

While a faculty memberís primary roles may be teaching and research, it isnít unusual for students to use professors as a sounding board for personal problems, even serious ones like rape. New rules on many campuses, however, now mean that if students confide in faculty members about a sexual assault, the professors are required to report the information to college officials.

That change in the way campuses are interpreting faculty responsibilities under the gender-equity law known as Title IX makes some professors uneasy. They say they are often on the front lines when it comes to students' venting about both their academic struggles and their private lives. In some cases, students even write about deeply personal issues as part of course assignments...

"Sexual assault on our campuses is a problem, and there is a lot that faculty can do to helpóthrough lending a compassionate ear, being informed about resources, being empowered to use their best judgment," says Don Eron, who retired last academic year as a senior instructor of writing and rhetoric at the University of Coloradoís Boulder campus.

But Mr. Eron, who is a member of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure of the American Association of University Professors, says institutions should not use professors as the eyes and ears of the campus police or university lawyers.

"With Title IX," he says, "we've already seen how universities are more driven by fear of litigation or penalty than concern for victims."

For people interested in California


11% of the vote in:


Tom Torlakson 879,761

Marshall Tuck 789,168
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