Diversity for a Better Future


Diversity for a Better Future

Racism and culture bias used to be isolated topics of discussion for many of us, like sports or gardening – not matters of overarching existential threat like a virulent flu pandemic or nuclear brinksmanship. We could compart­ment­alize.

Today’s world is too small and changing too fast for people in privileged majorities to be complacent. As extreme-right nativist politics engulfs country after country, driven in part by climate migration and escalating economic inequality, the future trembles.

Now we must face our biases and overcome them to cooperate globally, to ensure that our planet’s climate can continue supporting human society. We can reinvent ourselves as cooperative peoples with mutual respect, capable of questioning and discarding “us versus them” competitive world views with in-built disdain for others.

Atheists are in a great position to become role models. Each of us can make a unique contribution to collectively weaving the new story that will be needed to guide humanity in surviving our greatest challenge.

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Elite White Men Unprepared for Climate Leadership

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 22, 2019. 2 Replies

Amy Westervelt lays bare how white climate dudes, those most-promoted literary men and journalists on climate, are unqualified to envision the climate struggle. Their framing of climate change of…Continue

Tags: white male climate writers, limited experience of injustice

Trumpism doesn't need Trump

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 6, 2019. 0 Replies

What Trump's 4th of July spectacle at the Lincoln Memorial lays bare, says Amanda Marcotte, is that Trump's base are all about asserting white supremacy and male dominance. They stand in the rain,…Continue

Tags: politics of hate, Trump fans, white supremacy

Racism is easier than Climate Change Truth

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 24, 2019. 0 Replies

Rich Will sums up our collective response to knowing that our fossil-fuel way of life is destroying us.…Continue

Tags: climate change, racism

Anti-Muslim, Anti-immigrant and Anti-black

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Feb 23, 2019. 1 Reply

The Koch brothers aren't just anti-union and anti-social welfare. They fund hate, to the tune of  $114.2 million in 2017, through an enormous network.…Continue

Tags: right-wing evil

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 13, 2019 at 2:08pm

Short video on racism and climate crisis. (I couldn't embed.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 19, 2019 at 8:02pm

Born Disposable: Trump’s War on Youth

Henry Giroux clarifies how the corporate-dominated right places children of color and immigrant children outside consideration for human rights, as disposable.

In particular, poor Black and Brown children … rather than living in communities that are safe and clean, many are relegated to cities where the water is poisoned and the police function as an occupying army.
In the age of Trump, children of undocumented workers are stripped of their humanity, caged in internment camps, sometimes sexually abused and subjected to the unethical grammars of state violence.
... the dual logic of disposability and pollution becomes the driving force of a machinery of social death.
Removed from the sphere of justice and human rights, undocumented children occupy a ruthless space of social and political abandonment beyond the reach of human rights. This is a zone in which moral numbness becomes a central feature of politics, power and governance.

… notions such as that of disposability became … a rhetorical weapon used by those whose racial, class and gender privilege were viewed as at risk of losing power.

As the false promises of neoliberal capitalism become clear failures, the fear of powerlessness fuels a sense of victimization among many poor and middle-class whites who feel displaced in a demographically changing world. Written out of the discourse of social and economic mobility and security, the vulnerable accept the dominant culture’s seductive and venomous affirmation of hatred, white supremacy and white nationalism. [emphasis mine]

Comment by Chris on December 7, 2018 at 10:22pm

The NRA has blocked gun violence research for 20 years. Let's end its stranglehold on science.

The Orlando massacre reminds us that there's an enormous amount we don't know about gun violence — what causes it, what its consequences are for surviving families, how to stop it. You can blame our ignorance on the National Rifle Assn. – and on the federal officials the NRA has intimidated away from this crucial field of public health for 20 years.

It's widely supposed that Congress enacted a "ban" on federal funding for gun violence research in 1996. That isn't quite true, says Mark Rosenberg, a gun violence expert who was head of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the time. But the truth is even more demoralizing.

Infuriated by CDC-funded research suggesting that having firearms in the home sharply increased the risks of homicide, the NRA goaded Congress in 1996 into stripping the injury center's funding for gun violence research – $2.6 million. Congress then passed a measure drafted by then-Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ark.) forbidding the CDC to spend funds "to advocate or promote gun control." (The NRA initially hoped to eradicate the injury center entirely.)

The Dickey Amendment didn't technically ban any federally funded gun violence research. The real blow was delivered by a succession of pusillanimous CDC directors, who decided that the safest course bureaucratically was simply to zero out the whole field.

Of course above

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 5, 2018 at 9:55am

Why haven’t we made progress when we’re heading for not 1.5, not 2 degrees, but anything up 5 to 7 degrees warming?

It’s because we’re in system that says that black and brown and poor people can be sacrificed for profit. Some people at the climate talks used to say to me ‘you’re too radical we have to live within the system we have to work within the system’ and I say to them that’s easy when you’re not dying from that system.

Asad Rehman

Together for climate justice

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 25, 2018 at 5:43pm

Cane, I'm a bit confused about exactly how The Venus Project plans to redesign our social system to maximize quality of life rather than profit by applying science and technology. Which sciences will facilitate a transition from current systems of religious/ethnic/oligarchic competitions to a peaceful cooperate sharing of resources? If there's to be no money, credit, or even barter, what system of exchange will be used? This is kinda like saying you'd create a new computer that doesn't use digital or quantum data. "All goods and services are available to all people" is like hand waving. Vague. 

I don't see how "Most of our problems today are technical." How would technology stop the systemic attack on truth, when mass media itself is an accelerating factor - for example.

Even brain science can't just make people appreciate what's good and true. Consider the work of George Lakoff. How would The Venus Project get people to shrug off racism, xenophobia, etc? 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 25, 2018 at 5:23pm

Paul Krugman says that because voters don't like Republican taxes and tariffs, their mid term campaigns will double down on racism.

The vast majority of voters recognize that the tax cuts were designed to benefit corporations and the wealthy while driving up the federal deficit — a deficit which the GOP is likely to use as an excuse to cut social programs.

... the GOP ... seem, Krugman explained, to be doubling down on what made Trump a distinctly vile candidate: demonizing people of color.

"And it might work. After all, studies of the 2016 election clearly show that racial resentment, not 'economic anxiety,' was what put Trump over the top," Krugman said.

... if the G.O.P. does win, it will have won very, very ugly. [emphasis mine]

Paul Krugman Reveals How Republicans Plan to Win in 2018 — Even Whi...

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 25, 2018 at 12:17pm

Stephen Sondheim's lyrics in "West Side Story" are still apropos:

(West Side Story scene, singing) [girls] Life is alright in America [boys] If you're all white in America

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 3, 2018 at 5:58pm

The current horrific US administration, playing politics with people's lives... it will be a better future once tRump & co. are out of power.


Comment by Cane Kostovski on February 13, 2018 at 10:54pm

Something for your consideration: the RBE - Resource Based Economy. Read all about it here

I thought this was a good place to spread the news about RBE since this place is welcoming diversity for a better future...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 22, 2017 at 5:17pm

Astonishing income disparity, mentioned in the Boston Globe. ( I can't get the original article because I refuse to pay). Here's an excerpt.

The $8 detail in the Globe’s Spotlight series on race in Boston is not a typo. [...] The household median net worth was $247,500 for whites; $8 for US blacks (the lowest of all five cities); $12,000 for Caribbean blacks; $3,020 for Puerto Ricans; and $0 for Dominicans (that’s not a typo either.) The sample size for Cape Verdeans was too small to calculate net worth, the report said. “A lot of people have the impression that the major way in which people amass wealth is through savings out of their income,” said William A. Darity Jr., a professor of public policy at Duke University who was one of the lead investigators of the study. That’s not the case. Net worth, the report said, is determined by “subtracting debts from assets.” [...]

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