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Racism/White Supremacy, Social Nature, Women

Thoughts on Woke, Decolonization, and Getting Things Right

November 19, 2023

The public upsurge in white supremacist politics in the last year or so has refocused my attention on the ongoing need to get our history right. To continuously struggle to challenge every assumption about how and why life is organized in the fashion that we find today. In July of this year, the Florida Board of Education issued new standards for teaching students about slavery. This included “Instruction includes how slaves developed skills which, in —>> read more –>>

Footnotes

  1. Florida’s State Academic Standards –Social Studies, 2023 https://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/20653/urlt/6-4.pdf
  2. For a description of the daily impacts of Jim Crow laws and regulations, see: Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, 1st ed (New York: Random House, 2010).
  3. for a popular introduction to this topic: Charles C Mann, 1491 (Second Edition): New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2006).
  4. See Charles W. Mills, The Racial Contract, 1st edition (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1999) and Charles W Mills, “Provost Lecture: Charles Mills - Liberalism and Racial Justice” (Stony Brook University, September 27, 2012), https://www.youtube.com/.
Economy, Racism/White Supremacy, Women

Women’s Equal Pay Day – how to make it obsolete

March 14, 2023

Today, March 14, 2023 is Equal Pay Day “This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.”1 Women have to work a fifth of a year longer to make it to the same pay as men. The wage gap for Black and Latino women is much larger. A Simple Step to a Solution Pass a law requiring all employers to post the actual annual —>> read more –>>

Footnotes

  1. https://www.pay-equity.org/day.html
Capitalism, Economy, Education, Empire, Environment, Healthcare, Inequality, Politics, Racism/White Supremacy, Security State, Women

My Year End Siege of Angers – the list

January 1, 2023

Yesterday as I was taking a walk up and down Warren St. here in Hudson I realized that I had become actively angry about the state of the US and the world. I walked past hotels where a single room would set you back $400 for a night or you could go for the suite that is a mere $1300. This in a country where 32% of the people can’t pay an unexpected $400 bill.1 —>> read more –>>

Footnotes

  1. https://www.federalreserve.gov/publications/2022-economic-well-being-of-us-households-in-2021-dealing-with-unexpected-expenses.htm
  2. https://inequality.org/great-divide/updates-billionaire-pandemic/
  3. see the empirical study Martin Gilens, Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America (Princeton, N.J; New York: Princeton University Press ; Russell Sage Foundation, 2012).
  4. https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/figures/2021/BudgetaryCosts
  5. https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/figures/2021/WarDeathToll
  6. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/26/nyregion/nyc-homeless-students.html
  7. https://www.justia.com/criminal/offenses/homicide/involuntary-manslaughter/
  8. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/24/trumps-false-or-misleading-claims-total-30573-over-four-years/
  9. https://www.prisonpolicy.org/research/mental_health/
  10. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/the-great-american-bubble-machine-195229/
  11. https://khn.org/news/article/hospices-private-equity-firms-end-of-life-care/ and https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/12/05/how-hospice-became-a-for-profit-hustle
Inequality, Women

The State of Women around the World – International Women’s Day 3/8/2019

March 8, 2019

Discrimination Against Women Continues – Lots of Outright Oppression Too In the NYTimes today is an article, “Why International Women’s Day Isn’t Going Away – For all the progress women have made, they are still a long way from true equality.”  by Iliana Magra. Here are a few data points from the article: 200 million That’s the minimum number of women and girls on the planet who have undergone female genital mutilation, the United Nations says. —>> read more –>>

Economy, Women

Women Continue To Face A Big Pay Gap – and on into the future

December 18, 2018

“Women are almost half of the workforce. They are the sole or co-breadwinner in half of American families with children. They receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. In 2017, female full-time, year-round workers made only 80.5 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent.”

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