Religious Leaders call for friendship

World’s Top Religious Leaders Issue Rare Joint Appeal

“Our advice is to make friends to followers of all religions.”

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Racists tend to ghettoize. Cling to people who look and think like themselves.

On The Media audiocast

On The Media is my favourite podcast.

WNYC’s weekly investigation into how the media shapes our world view. Veteran journalists Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield give you the tools to survive the media maelstrom.

The most recent episode  is super —  This is Not a Safe Space. It explores the issues of students feeling safe on campus and academic freedom of speech.

 

White male patriarchy results in bullying on campus for anyone who is not a white male. Something like 1/5 women will STILL be sexually assaulted in their College years.

 

We want all students to feel safe while simultaneously protecting freedom of speech. The two are not mutually exclusive.

 

do you share fake news?

If so, what the Hell is the matter with you? 😦

Stupid man with bag over his head
Stupid man with bag over his head

We’ve always had propaganda.

Big Tobacco obfuscation of facts about cancer and smoking, for example.

… ignorance spreads when firstly, many people do not understand a concept or fact and secondly, when special interest groups – like a commercial firm or a political group – then work hard to create confusion about an issue. …

BBC Future – The Man Who Studies The Spread of Ignorance

on White privilege

I believe about half of Trump voters are racistto some degree.

Only a few are White nationalists.

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In the USA Italians and Greeks are White. But people of Spanish heritage are Hispanic. Weird.

Trump himself may or may not be racist. He’s first and foremost an egomaniac. All about self aggrandizement. He used racism to win the Presidency. And — astonishingly — it worked.

Trump wants to take from the poor and give to the ultra-rich. That will quickly become clear. There’s no way he’ll be able to win a second term. Therefore he’ll have to loot the nation quickly.

Hopefully he won’t destroy the entire World in the process.

Here’s Louis CK’s take on being White.

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many Drumpf voters are racist

Increasingly I’m thinking the most common denominator for Drumpf voters is racial resentment.

There is absolutely no evidence that Trump’s supporters, either in the primary or the general election, are disproportionately poor or working class. Exit polling from the primaries found that Trump voters made about as much as Ted Cruz voters, and significantly more than supporters of either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

Trump voters, FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver found, had a median household income of $72,000, a fair bit higher than the $62,000 median household income for non-Hispanic whites in America. …

In the primary, though, the story was, as my colleague Zack Beauchamp has explained at length, almost entirely about racial resentment. There’s a wide array of data to back this up. …

Taking Trump voters’ concerns seriously means listening to what they’re actually saying

related:

White riot – How racism and immigration gave us Trump, Brexit, and a whole new kind of politics

HOW TRUMP TOOK HATE GROUPS MAINSTREAM

About half the Republican voters always vote Republican, regardless of the candidate. Most of the rest are motivated by racial resentment.

Sad.

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The American Life has been doing some excellent coverage on this topic:

One way to understand the split inside the Republican party is to look at immigration. …

Zoe connects the anti-immigrant sentiment in St. Cloud with a national network of organizations promoting anti-Muslim views and spreading fear about Sharia law. …

This American Life 600 – Will I Know Anyone at This Party?

… Ira talks about what’s alarming him about this year’s election: facts seem less meaningful than they ever have, and the gap between the mainstream media and right-wing media’s versions of the world have never seemed further apart. CNN’s Jake Tapper explains what it was like to be on the air live when Donald Trump tried to take a huge, obvious lie and pass it off as the truth.

This American Life 599