When strangers ply us with questions like "And you are?", "Who are you with?", or "Where did you go to school?" they are likely sizing up our power as belied by our affiliations.
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We won't be able to confront rankism until we overcome our fear of seeming uppity by using the word in public.
Who are the nobodies? They are Everyman, Everywoman, Everychild. In our heart, each of us aspires to become someone new, someone more.
Whether directed at an individual or a group, rankism aims to put targets in their place and keep them weak so they will do as they're told and submit to being taken advantage of.
We were quick to look at the Gates affair through the lens of race. To bring things fully into focus, we need a second lens -- that of rank.
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