was murdered by a white man who was a white supremacist who was angry about human enslavement being ended by the Union winning the “civil war”.

The first president in the history of the United States who was murdered while in office was murdered by someone who wanted human enslavement to continue in this nation.

Hmmm…

“…is a German luxury fashion house headquartered in Metzingen, Baden-Württemberg. The company sells clothing, accessories, footwear and fragrances. Hugo Boss is one of the largest German clothing companies,[2] with global sales of €2.9 billion in 2019.[3] Its stock is a component of the MDAX.” (source)

You might look at the financial success of the Hugo Boss company and note that this is the company that furnished the black uniforms for the SS. The Wikipedia article indicates that they used “forced laborers” in their company during WWII.

Who says crime doesn’t pay? While here I’m pointing out the past of a…

the current hoopla re vaccination or no vaccination, mask or no mask is the current iteration of something much older than is often realized.

It (the vax no vax thingee) is, in part, a manifestation of the issue of whether the individual or the group should be paramount.

U.S. culture incessantly promotes individualism (mainly because that lets folks with money and hegemonic dominant identities rule everything…i.e. individualism helps uphold oppression…that’s why corporations hate unions) and folks who grew up here are drenched in a belief in the goodness of individualism and the evilness of group membership.

It’s true, we’re all…

that I quite like: “…they were too frightened to be cowards”.

I comes from a collection of short stories by Tim O’Brien titled: “The Things They Carried.” The quote is on page 21 in a short story that is named the same as the book.

I wonder whether that notion isn’t mostly applicable to situations wherein we’re facing an instance of resisting or not resisting cultural hegemony. …

Sources?

a new book out and she continues to take nice white progressives to task in it.

It’s titled “Nice Racism” and I recommend it…especially if you’re a “nice white person” who believes they eschew racist notions.

In her new book she writes: “… note how we talk about white segregation in glowing terms; a “good” or “safe” neighborhood or school is assumed to be primarily white. I think this is actually one of the most powerful messages of white supremacy: there is no inherent loss in leading a segregated life. Most white people will go from cradle to grave with…

“…two kinds of detachment are especially useful: detaching your present from your past and detaching your opinions from your identity.”

From: Think Again The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant, Page 66

(with any coherence) we must first identify what we’re resisting.

This can be a very difficult part of countering harmfulness. Especially when what we’re trying to identify is presented as a “normal” aspect of culture or as a “natural” part of things. It is useful to remember that this nation was created/established by white supremacist men (wealthy ones) and that the nation and its institutions were set up to benefit those “founding fathers”. They’ve been modified and “improved” over time but their basic frame remains intact.

And…it is also useful to think about culture while realizing that it is the…

“…two kinds of detachment are especially useful: detaching your present from your past and detaching your opinions from your identity.”

From: Think Again The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant, Page 66

about the fact that much of the misery that humans have caused one another and the planet apparently has been prompted by humans trying to do “good”? It sort of boggles my mind to realize that, for instance, Hitler wasn’t trying to do evil, he was trying to do good for who he defined as “Germans” and the Nazis did not see themselves as “bad guys” and neither did the Japanese.

Most horrid stuff (historically) seems to have been done by men thinking they were doing good.

Hmmm…

Here in the USA we’re encouraged to think in binary terms, e.g…

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