What Does ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Mean? – The Atlantic

Probably the most articulate, most cogent commentary/exchange I have seen or heard yet, on the subject of cultural appropriation.

It’s a fairly lengthy interview, but well worth it, for the balanced, nuanced, and analytical approach taken by both participants.

“These aren’t genetic issues, they’re cultural issues, so I don’t feel ashamed for any of it,” he said. “I wasn’t there. You weren’t either. And we’re all obligated to use our talents for the good of others, whether our great-grandfather was a Russian immigrant, a slave, or a Southern plantation owner with 5,000 slaves.”

~Richard Rabinowitz, curator at the New-York Historical Society


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How can we distinguish violence driven by ideology from sociopathic rage?

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Analysis and perspective come together in this article for the UK’s Guardian newspaper, by author, academic, and broadcaster, Kenan Malik, in the wake of last Wednesday’s terror attack in central London. Continue reading

No-Platforming and the Fourth Estate

Earlier today, The Raw Story and several other media outlets reported that American news broadcasters CNN were in the process of considering banning President Donald Trump’s counsellor, Kellyanne Conway, from its Sunday talk show “State of the Union” – possibly on a permanent basis – citing credibility issues, a reference to her ongoing creative interpretation of reality. (Her references to “alternative facts” to defend Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s outright lies regarding Trump’s inauguration crowd size, and to the “Bowling Green Massacre” – which never actually happened – to defend President Trump’s odious Muslim travel ban, have by now achieved a measure of both on- and off-line infamy.)

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The hidden political message of Chuck Schumer’s inaugural speech – Vox

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Interesting, and well said.

“To some extent, this is standard patriotic rhetoric. But when said in front of a man who thought a Latino judge was not fit to judge him, who has called for a ban on Muslim immigration and for mass deportations, who mocked a New York Times reporter’s disability, and whose entire rise to power would’ve been impossible without his own incredible wealth, it takes on new meaning. Mentioning ‘gender identity’ and ‘sexual orientation’ in front of Mike Pence, a stalwart opponent of LGBTQ rights, stings as well.”


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