I have never encountered racial and ethnic insensitivity in my graduate program. . .
. . . except when a professor talked about how Asian students are not fit for philosophy. . . . except when students have asked me (more than once) to please tell them where I am from, because they “just cannot figure it out.” . . . except when a student joked in the middle of class about me not having immigration papers. . . . except when I had faculty member in a private meeting bluntly say that if I want to get a job I needed to specialize in Latin American philosophy. I do nothing of the sort. I work within M&E.
Sorry- Having great difficulty traversing the two editors. The above originally appeared in the 2015 beingaphilosopherofcolor@wordpress,com
I want to ask a question: While eating at a church free luncheon on a university campus I found myself sharing a table with two black men who were presumably students. I did not want to insult them but I was curious what country they were from. Now, that could have been taken as rude and prejudiced, whereas I just hoped for a little friendly dialogue. They told the country and we ended up by them proudly showing a smart phone photo collection of their family back home. What should I say or not have said to start the conversation?
Sorry, I referred a friend to this spot for a reblog of Jerry Coyne’s post about Amanda Gorman’s poetic work but there wasn’t a reblog button, only a confusing warning about copyright, so you’ll have to find it yourself. It seems there’s some prejudice against non-black translators of her work.
I don’t know what to make of this, so I’d like to hear from you. I know the topic is not literally about racism, but it could be about prejudice. How do prejudice and discrimination interface? I’m referring to the topic introduced in the newyorker.com, “How polyamorous and polygamists Are Challenging Family Norms.”
Whew! If it’s not one thing it’s another. I know I have a teeny bit of prejudice against exclusive hedonists and criminals and prejudiced people,, but the idea of welcoming multi-wife enclaves into our neighborhoods makes me almost blow my cool. Why? And would that make my feelings into prejudice, if it isn’t already? Is my tensed stomach at the idea a sign of prejudice?
True I can support gays and transgenders and almost drag queens and maybe careful and strong self-disciplined drug users, and am not too judgmental about the polyamorous, but something about polygamy feels like it’s stirring my prejudice. —I guess that means I…what? I don’t know what. There is a difference between what could be changed and what cannot. I understand that sexual gender and orientation cannot basically be changed (after the change). Race cannot normally be changed (although I want to read that novel where two twins of color decide differently–one to pass, the other not.)
Although they (we) would protest, political partisans could theoretically change, as possibly misogynists could. Is it still prejudice even if one can choose the category?. If I turned away a neighbor polygamous wife who asks for a cup of flour at my door, I guess that would be prejudice. But if I turned away a similar request from a wife and child beater, then what? And does it make any difference what I call my attitude and behavior towards different groups of different folks?
Fear’s ghost wanders through some of these topics. I know my deeply held longing for one on one bonding with another is threatened by the idea of polygamy, as unconscious fear underlies my feelings toward black men. But I don’t encounter many if any situations where prejudice is elicited. I vote right and act right, even if my fears are not completely eradicated.
Of all Puerto Rico’s continuing miseries seven weeks after Hurricane Maria’s devastation, the most blatantly unjust is that islanders have been denied the more generous and swifter food relief distributed to storm victims this year in Texas and Florida under the emergency food stamp program.
Yes, both the island and mainland victims are United States citizens. But not all citizens are created equal: A 35-year-old congressional budget cap on Puerto Rico’s food stamp program has limited the amount of disaster aid immediately available. Texas and Florida have no such federal restraints and were able to quickly increase food stamp help in the face of the hurricane damage last summer.
It is hard to argue with Puerto Rican officials pointing to the disparity as painful evidence of a colonial second-class status suffered by citizens of this American territory, citizens who lack political clout…
From Daily Kos 11/10/17: A second-degree intimidation based on bigotry or bias, is a class D felony that carries a potential sentence of 1 to 5 years in prison. The intimidation law states:
A person is guilty of intimidation based on bigotry or bias in the second degree when such person maliciously, and with specific intent to intimidate or harass another person because of the actual or perceived race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression of such other person, does any of the following: (1) Causes physical contact with such other person, (2) damages, destroys or defaces any real or personal property of such other person, or (3) threatens, by word or act, to do an act described in subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection, if there is reasonable cause to believe that an act described in subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection will occur.