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Gandhi Was a Racist Who Forced Young Girls to Sleep in Bed with Him | Broadly
"In the decades since his assassination in 1948, the image of Gandhi has been constructed so carefully, scrubbed clean of its grimy details, that it's easy to forget that he predicated his rhetoric on anti-blackness, a vehement allergy to female sexuality, and a general unwillingness to help liberate the Dalit, or 'untouchable,' caste."
gandhi  india  reputation  narrative  history  misogyny  broadly.vice  vice  2015  2010s  mayukh_sen  racism  rights  south_africa  sex  medicine  caste  prejudice  myth 
december 2015 by cluebucket
How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life - NYTimes.com
Benjamin Rush: "'It would seem strange that ignominy should ever have been adopted as a milder punishment than death, did we not know that the human mind seldom arrives at truth upon any subject till it has first reached the extremity of error.'"

Author: "I found no evidence that punitive shaming fell out of fashion as a result of newfound anonymity. But I did find plenty of people from centuries past bemoaning the outsize cruelty of the practice, warning that well-meaning people, in a crowd, often take the punishment too far."
jon_ronson  justine_sacco  JustineSacco  HasJustineLandedYet  tweet  twitter  shame  judgment  2015  2010s  2014  punishment  history  18th_century  boston  flamewar  south_africa  a.a._gill  2013  regret  pillory  19th_century  20th_century  crowd  mob  society  destruction  nytimes  sam_biddle  apology  tarnish 
february 2015 by cluebucket
OKWONGA.COM » Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel.
"You will try to make out that apartheid was some horrid spontaneous historical aberration, and not the logical culmination of centuries of imperial arrogance."
okwonga.com  nelson_mandela  death  obituary  revisionist  history  minstrel  peace  apartheid  reduction  activism  activist  south_africa  imperialism  colonialism  discrimination  race  writing  politics  human  takedown 
december 2013 by cluebucket

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