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The Reid Comments: The Double-Edged Sword of Racial Insensitivity

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Srinivasan Pillay

By taking Reid's comments about President Obama out of context, we do ourselves an injustice--the same injustice we do when we want to "extinguish" racist comments.

Obama's Visit Stirs Rethinking On Race, Racism In China

Washington Post | Keith B. Richburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the country gets ready to welcome the first African American U.S. president, whose first official visit here starts Sunday, the Chinese are confron...

FBI Reports Small Increase In Hate Crimes, But On Very Limited Data

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

It is not known if the uptick is the result of an actual increase in cases, or instead the result of a rise in the number of agencies participating in the program.

Are Hispanics Just Plain Dumb? Many of Us Think So

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

White people will go out of their way to avoid looking like they're picking on black people. But when it comes to, say, Hispanics, all bets are off.

Indophobia: The Real Elephant in the Living Room

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vamsee Juluri

All prejudices are unpleasantly alike on some level, but the prejudice that India and Indians face on a global scale has proven to be exceptionally resistant to change.

Aging: Giving Up 'Giving Up'

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

What if wisdom has more to do with 'giving up' our beliefs and attachments than 'getting' more insights or having 'more, better and different' of whatever we think is important?

New Study: U.S. Hate Crimes Fall Slightly In '08; But Data Is Limited

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

A new study finds that hate crimes actually declined slightly in 2008, despite an economic recession, increasing demographic diversification, and an apparent rise in the number of active hate groups.

Why Prayer Is Such a Political Football -- The Lord's Prayer Got Lost in the Mix

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen C. Rose

Time to dust off my Union Theological Seminary creds and weigh in on prayer.

Are People Nicer to You When You're Thin?

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Rubaum-Keller

It may be the last vestige of overt prejudice, but fat people aren't treated well at all in our society. When I was heavy, I was either invisible or someone to look down on.

Sex And The Illusion Of Physical Form

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Srinivasan Pillay

"Maya" is a Sanskrit term that refers to the "illusion" of physical and mental forms. If the physical form is in fact an illusion, who are you having sex with?

The Birthers and the Insurance Industry: The Latest in a Long Line of Conservative Coalition

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Insurance company execs are thrilled and excited to be sending money out to right wing groups to shout down citizens coming to town hall meetings to discuss health care reforms.

Can You Order A Person Not To Be Racist?

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Srinivasan Pillay

I have not only come to understand that racial prejudice exists, but I have also come to expect and observe it more than react to it.

The Gates Arrest: Racism? Not so much. Classism? You betcha!

Zondra Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zondra Hughes

This was a classic town vs. gown drama, a show-me-the-power move, and Gates slipped up.

Crowley vs. Gates: The Heart of Prejudice

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.

"Us v. them" arguments do not engage our rational reflective capacities, but instead inflame us with an exhortation to battle.

Whiteous Indignation

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

Be they the Sergeant Crowleys of America, the Aetnas or the Cignas, inequities will continue until The People make them end.

Mayor Defends Firing Porn Star Husband to Avoid "Disruption"

Theresa Darklady Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Theresa Darklady Reed

Mayor Larry Kiker made national headlines this week by firing Scott Janke, the Fort Myers Beach, FL town manager, for marrying a woman who works in adult videos.

Town Tells Manager: Marry a Porn Star and Lose Your Job

Theresa Darklady Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Theresa Darklady Reed

Fort Myers Beach town manager Scott Janke was a great employee. Alas he's lost his job -- because the Town Council doesn't like what his wife does for a living.

Judge Sotomayor, Republican Inquisitors, and the Fallacy of Immaculate Perception

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert D. Stolorow

What judges must do is reflect upon one's preconceptions and prejudices so that they do not unconsciously determine one's decisions and actions.

Umpires, Perspective, and the Supreme Court

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The claim that any human is able to remain unaffected by their background or have a purely objective view of any case is to claim a quality that belongs only to God: omniscience.

Can White Men Shed Their Prejudices Better Than Others?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

The implication of Sessions' inquisition was that, as a white male with no distinguishing "heritage" to speak of, he and his ilk can make judgments totally free of feelings, belief, or experience.

Why do White People Have to Outscore Everybody Else on Tests? And Other Questions You've Wondered but Didn't Dare Ask!

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard M. Benjamin

How can public institutions achieve "diversity" in a way that's fair and legal?

Sci-Fi Morality: Could Aliens Save Us from Prejudice?

Jamil Zaki | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamil Zaki

Mountains of evidence suggest that being part of a group changes our perceptions of members of other groups at startlingly basic levels.

The Fight Over Sonia Sotomayor: Why Were So Few Hispanics on TV Debating the First Hispanic Supreme Court Nominee?

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Deggans

What irks me most about the media circus around Sotomayor's nomination is that white politicians and pundits pretend their race and culture have no impact on their sensibilities.

Friday Talking Points [79] -- Judicial Activism And Bias

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"Judicial activism" (or, alternatively, "legislating from the bench") is defined -- no matter what your political beliefs -- as "judges not ruling the...

Sotomayor Racist?

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abby L. Ferber

The fact that these conservative politicians and commentators don't even see racism unless they feel it is directed against them is precisely why we need the voices of women of color on the court.