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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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Tearing Us Apart For Profit

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 30. 8 Replies

James Murray presents the epistemic crisis aspect of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Scandal. At the precise moment that human species survival requires we work together, our media landscape and…Continue

Tags: Facebook scamming, climate destabilization, maximizing ad revenue, epistemic crisis

Racism in a Pattern of Plunder

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Cane Kostovski Feb 13. 8 Replies

... seeing every action as part of a pattern of plunder, especially the attacks on communities of color that have been facing immediate dangers to their safety and dignity over the past year.Maj.…Continue

Tags: The Grand Unified Theory of politics, racism, corporate profit-making, wealthy corporate elites

Segrenomics

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 8, 2017. 0 Replies

Rich white folks making money off of segregated education isn't new. What's new is its takeover of the US Department of Education.…Continue

Tags: segregation, separate and unequal education

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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.” [...]
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 14, 2017 at 4:43pm

This Borowitz satire had me in stitches.

Nazis Feeling Neglected After Republicans’ Embrace of Child Molesters

Several prominent Nazis said on Tuesday that they feel “neglected and hurt” by what they see as the Republican Party’s decision to court child molesters instead.

“President Trump needs to remember who put him in the White House,” Dorrinson said. “Nazis have feelings, too.”

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 4, 2017 at 5:57pm

And under the current administration, the Department of Injustice has shown its colors over and over...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 4, 2017 at 5:42pm

FBI statistics on hate crimes are a joke.

The FBI relies on local law enforcement agencies to identify and report crimes motivated by bias, but many agencies fumble this task.

The evidence suggests that many police agencies across the country are not working very hard to count hate crimes. Thousands of them opt not to participate in the FBI’s hate crime program at all. Among the 15,000 that do, some 88 percent reported they had no hate crimes.

Local law enforcement agencies reported a total of 6,121 hate crimes in 2016 to the FBI, but estimates from the National Crime Victimization Survey, conducted by the federal government, pin the number of potential hate crimes at almost 250,000 a year — one indication of the inadequacy of the FBI’s data.

Why America Fails at Gathering Hate Crime Statistics

“The current statistics are a complete and utter joke,” said Roy Austin, former deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s civil rights division.

Comment by Chris on November 27, 2017 at 9:53am

On White Nationalism.

Mikey Weinstin's group Military Religious Freedom Foundation may be interesting to some.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 25, 2017 at 7:00pm

White Nationalism Has Infected the U.S. Military: Poll

Another disturbing trend:

Almost 42 percent of the non-white troops who took a Military Times survey said they had personally experienced instances of white nationalism in the military. By contrast, roughly 18 percent of white service members reported the same thing.

The survey also seemed to reveal sharply divided attitudes about the severity of the presence of white nationalism. While 30 percent of respondents said that it posed a significant threat to national security — fewer said the same thing about Syria (27 percent), Pakistan (25 percent), Afghanistan (22 percent) and Iraq (17 percent) — many others insisted that the questions challenging white nationalism were really the problem.

"Nearly five percent of those polled left comments complaining that groups like Black Lives Matter — whose stated goal is to raise awareness of violence and discrimination towards black people — weren’t included among the options for threats to national security," the Military Times reported. It also quoted comments from officers insisting that white nationalism "is not a terrorist organization" or that white nationalists are not actually racists.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 24, 2017 at 12:54pm

Yes! I used to think of racism and ethnic bias as issues standing by themselves, and then perhaps also as components of "us vs. them" feeding Dominator Culture. Ruth's intro relates to the one at Partnership Vision about shaping a sustainable culture.

Comment by Patricia on October 24, 2017 at 1:57am

This is a good idea!

 

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