Posts Tagged ‘racism’

“Since racism involves power and oppression, it follows that only the dominant group can be racist. In the US, this means that only whites can be racist. People of color cannot be racist because they don’t have the power. Many whites strenuously object to this argument and say, “I know plenty of people of color who hate whites.” True enough, there are people of color who are prejudiced. However, people of color are not racist because they lack the collective power to oppress whites as a group.” — Pincus, Fred L., Understanding Diversity: An Introduction to Class, Race, Gender & Sexual Orientation (2006): 57. ISBN13: 978-1588264022

Based on this understanding, we may come to the conclusion that it is not possible for women to be sexist, since they lack the collective power to oppress men as a group. Likewise, the working class cannot be accused of engaging in class warfare because as a group they don’t have the collective power to oppress the wealthy or the multinational corporations owned by the wealthy.

Cross-posted from Green Polity

In this acclaimed Lannan foundation lecture from September 2002, Arundhati Roy speaks poetically to power on the U.S. War on Terror, globalization, the misuses of nationalism, and the growing chasm between the rich and poor. With lyricism and passion, Roy combines her literary talents and encyclopedic knowledge to expose injustice and provide hope for a future world.

 

 

Arundhati Roy With Howard Zinn: A Conversation After the Come September Speech – 18 September 2002

 

 

There is nothing more sacred to the maintenance of democracy than a free press. Access to comprehensive, accurate and quality information is essential to the manifestation of Socratic citizenship – the society characterized by a civically engaged, well-informed and socially invested populace. Thus, to the degree that access to quality information is willfully or unintentionally obstructed, democracy itself is degraded.

It is ironic that in the era of 24-hour cable news networks and “reality” programming, the news-to-fluff ratio and overall veracity of information has declined precipitously. Take the fact Americans now spend on average about 50 hours a week using various forms of media, while at the same time cultural literacy levels hover just above the gutter. Not only does mainstream media now tolerate gross misrepresentations of fact and history by public figures (highlighted most recently by Sarah Palin’s ludicrous depiction of Paul Revere’s ride), but many media actually legitimize these displays. Pause for a moment and ask yourself what it means that the world’s largest, most profitable and most popular news channel passes off as fact every whim, impulse and outrageously incompetent analysis of its so-called reporters. How did we get here? Take the enormous amount of misinformation that is taken for truth by Fox audiences: the belief that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and that he was in on 9/11, the belief that climate change isn’t real and/or man-made, the belief that Barack Obama is Muslim and wasn’t born in the United States, the insistence that all Arabs are Muslim and all Muslims are terrorists, the inexplicable perceptions that immigrants are both too lazy to work and are about to steal your job. All of these claims are demonstrably false, yet Fox News viewers will maintain their veracity with incredible zeal. Why? Is it simply that we have lost our respect for knowledge?

via AlterNet: 14 Propaganda Techniques Fox ‘News’ Uses to Brainwash Americans.