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The respect of personhood vs the respect of authority
"In April 2015, Autistic Abby wrote on their Tumblr about how people mistakenly conflate two distinct definitions of “respect” when relating to and communicating with others.
Sometimes people use “respect” to mean “treating someone like a person” and sometimes they use “respect” to mean “treating someone like an authority”

and sometimes people who are used to being treated like an authority say “if you won’t respect me I won’t respect you” and they mean “if you won’t treat me like an authority I won’t treat you like a person”

and they think they’re being fair but they aren’t, and it’s not okay.

This is an amazing & astute observation and applies readily to many aspects of our current political moment, i.e. the highest status group in the US for the past two centuries (white males) experiencing a steep decline in their status relative to other groups. This effect plays out in relation to gender, race, sexual orientation, age, and class. An almost cartoonishly on-the-nose example is Trump referring to undocumented immigrants as “animals” and then whining about the press giving him a hard time. You can also see it when conservative intellectuals with abundant social standing and privilege complain that their ideas about hanging women or the innate inferiority of non-whites are being censored.

Men who abuse their partners do this…and then sometimes parlay their authoritarian frustrations & easily available assault weapons into mass shootings. There are ample examples of law enforcement — the ultimate embodiment of authority in America — treating immigrants, women, black men, etc. like less than human. A perfect example is the “incel” movement, a group of typically young, white, straight men who feel they have a right to sex and therefore treat women who won’t oblige them like garbage.

You can see it happening in smaller, everyday ways too: never trust anyone who treats restaurant servers like shit because what they’re really doing is abusing their authority as a paying customer to treat another person as subhuman."
culture  diversity  language  respect  personhood  authority  jasonkottke  kottke  status  hierarchy  patriarchy  gender  race  racism  sexism  lawenforcement  humanism  humans 
yesterday by robertogreco
The Nationalist's Delusion - The Atlantic
> The specific dissonance of Trumpism—advocacy for discriminatory, even cruel, policies combined with vehement denials that such policies are racially motivated—provides the emotional core of its appeal. It is the most recent manifestation of a contradiction as old as the United States, a society founded by slaveholders on the principle that all men are created equal.

> In other words, Trump won white voters at every level of class and income. He won workers, he won managers, he won owners, he won robber barons. This is not a working-class coalition; it is a nationalist one.
politics  racism 
yesterday by tarakc02
is everywhere. But it’s in the marrow of Republican politics.
Racism  from twitter_favs
2 days ago by eheiser
Elaine Welteroth, Who Shook Up Teen Vogue, Says Diverse Newsrooms Are Vital - The New York Times
“What do you do for free that you love?”

“You can’t just change the image or the stories, you need to change the storytellers.”

Journalists have the power to set the cultural agenda, she went on. In addition to telling the truth and laying out the facts, it is a journalist’s job to determine what is newsworthy, she said. “What you get when you have diverse players at the table are different priorities.”
diversity  publishing  writing  racism  sexism 
3 days ago by emmacarlson
The Birth of the New American Aristocracy - The Atlantic
The meritocratic class has mastered the old trick of consolidating wealth and passing privilege along at the expense of other people’s children. We are not innocent bystanders to the growing concentration of wealth in our time. We are the principal accomplices in a process that is slowly strangling the economy, destabilizing American politics, and eroding democracy. Our delusions of merit now prevent us from recognizing the nature of the problem that our emergence as a class represents. We tend to think that the victims of our success are just the people excluded from the club. But history shows quite clearly that, in the kind of game we’re playing, everybody loses badly in the end.
inequality  Power_in_America  racism  Power_materials  Latinos_y_Eco_Crisis 
3 days ago by Jibarosoy
Diamond and Silk
Editorial about a Black comedy duo doing a pro-Trump shtick
trump  politics  black  race  america  racism  diamondandsilk 
3 days ago by nelson
The EU’s core values are under attack as never before. It must defend them.
The European commission proposals are welcome, but will not begin to bite for several years. We need something with more immediate impact. That something is the expulsion of Orbán’s Fidesz party from the European People’s Party (EPP) before next year’s European elections. The EPP is the EU’s main grouping of centre-right parties. Leading figures from its member parties include German chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy, European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, and European council president Donald Tusk. It emphatically holds high the values of liberal pluralist democracy.

What is more, party groupings such as this, with their spitzenkandidaten in European elections, are supposed to be at the heart of the EU’s internal democratisation. Yet it keeps in its ranks a party that is not only dismantling liberal, pluralist democracy at home, but fought its last election on an anti-Brussels, xenophobic platform, including dog-whistle antisemitism in posters plastered across the country targeting George Soros and a fictional “Soros plan” for flooding Hungary with Muslim migrants.

The EPP does not merely tolerate Fidesz; it actively supports it. As the Fidesz MEP József Szájer noted in an appreciative email to fellow MEPs (leaked to Politico), EPP parliamentary leader Manfred Weber “came … to Budapest to support our campaign, to stand firm beside us”, and party president Joseph Daul “considerably helped us to score this success”.
by:TimothyGartonAsh  from:CommentIsFree  geo:Hungary  Fidesz  ViktorOrbán  racism  fascism  antisemitism  EPP  ManfredWeber  JosephDaul  geo:EuropeanUnion 
3 days ago by owenblacker

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