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Dehumanization

Free Speech at Connecticut College

David Moshman | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
David Moshman

In August 2014, Professor Steven Salaita lost a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because his tweets criticizing the ongoing Israeli assault on the Palestinian population of Gaza were deemed uncivil.

His Soul Wrapped in the Confederate Flag

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The U.S. is enslaved by its past. That's what no one has said yet. An undead racism still stalks the American consciousness, and it will, once again, regroup, Confederate flag or no Confederate flag. What this moment of awareness calls for is true atonement for our history.

The Sociology of Dead Children

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.14.2015 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

A new study by Yale researchers attempts to create categories of likely future shooting victims in Chicago and thus determine who among us is most in danger. But in the process the study, at least as it was reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, utterly depersonalized the potential victims, along with their communities, reducing them to components in a mathematical formula.

War and Perpetual Adolescence

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

While the USA has always been a warrior culture, built on a foundation of conquest and exploitation, that's only been part of the picture. Movements of liberation and the expansion of the mantle of humanity have always been a part of the picture as well, but today they seem less so than I can remember. Why?

Police Killed Tamir Rice At a Playground: Do Safe Spaces for Black Children Exist?

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Black children are not afforded the privilege of engaging in normal child-like behavior because black bodies are characterized with unwarranted threat.

One My Lai a Month

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The cornerstone of every war is the dehumanization, a terrifying process with long-lasting and infinitely unfolding consequences. And the Vietnam War was the first in which the full horror of this process, stripped of all glory and pseudo-necessity, reached significant public awareness.

The Price Of Black Life: A Response To Sperm Bank Lawsuit Over Black Baby

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Perhaps only cognitive dissonance could possibly define the couple's "deep love" for their daughter while simultaneously objecting to an essential part of her existence, her Blackness.

One Hour on the Sidewalk

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Abby Klinkenberg

As a woman, I exist solely to be commented upon -- unsolicited opinions, either positive or negative (their stupidly contrasting judgments only further show the caprice of the male gaze), are mandatory conditions to which I tacitly agree upon entering the public sphere.

Defending Reverence for Life as an Abiding Principle for Humanity

Mike Schwager | Posted 11.09.2014 | Religion
Mike Schwager

We owe it to ourselves, our ancestors and our posterity, that the principles enunciated in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the fundamental spiritual principle of Reverence for Life, be upheld and honored everywhere, and for all future generations

#SaveUSChildren

Robert J. Benz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

So, what distinguishes the Nigerian schoolgirls and U.S. children at risk of being trafficked? Why has one group received so much attention and the other very little? Well, semantics may play a role in how we react to different groups of children that become victims of violence.

A Shortage of Mercy

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

As the economy twists downward for most of us -- as the politics of money tightens like a noose around everything we love -- I think about the disintegration of human values, which insane logic and the Republicans tells us we can no longer afford.

Dehumanizing with Drones and Torture

Jack Healey | Posted 05.11.2013 | World
Jack Healey

If both parties can't be united in having extrajudicial remote-control killings, is there any hope to solve the sequester quandary? Is there any hope for human rights?

I Am Because You Are

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Robert Koehler

Their grief is too profound and too public. Their words have to be taken seriously -- allowed to mix with the politics and the self-interest and the fear, those generic trivializers of the national conversation.

Empire and Its Consequences

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Robert Koehler

I'm wondering if it isn't time to stare directly at the fundamental wrongness of war. Let me put it as nakedly as I can: A policy of murder and hatred is, in itself, morally wrong as well as strategically untenable.

The War Drones On...

Randall Amster | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics
Randall Amster

Drones are all the rage these days, and not in a good way. The increasing toll taken by these robotic executioners is beginning to register with the p...

Sex, the Migrant Laborer and the City

Imran Garda | Posted 07.08.2012 | World
Imran Garda

The Keralite Cat's tales, in all its frivolity, made a profound point about the drivers, construction workers, the maids and cleaners: Can you believe that these people make love? Can you believe they even cheat on each other? Can you believe that they buy each other birthday presents too?

The Bad Apple

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The time has come to challenge the military at the level of its reason for being. The time has come to add up its suicides, its war crimes and the rest of its horrific legacy. How long can it survive an honest accounting?

Project Bugsplat

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"Bugsplat" is a term of ultimate disrespect and indifference, and it begins with a state of mind. The global Occupy movement, with its humane and nonviolent core certainty, is tipping the balance. Finally it comes down to this: Occupy consciousness.

Psychology: Anthropomorphism And Dehumanization

sciencedaily.com | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

In a new report in Current Directions in Psychological Science, scientists examine the psychology of anthropomorphism....

A Job Nobody Wants: In Defense of (Gasp!) Drug Dealers

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

The man at the gas station who hands over Marlboro Lights is never called the scum of the earth. The makers of Oxycontin, Valium, and Vicodin -- the biggest drug dealers in the word -- spend no time in prison cells.

See No Evil

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The heavily armed, trained killer was "under stress" when he raped, then murdered a 14-year-old girl and tried to burn her body, after having murdered her parents and 7-year-old sister.