Diversity for a Better Future

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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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Protesting Racism Became Complicated

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 2. 0 Replies

Micah White opens the door to our fun-house mirror-hall world, where fake activism clones get more "likes" than the real organizations they mimic. White is  former atheist who now identifies as…Continue

Tags: foreign front groups, co-opting social protest, social movement warfare, fake activist groups, protesting racism

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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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