Category Archives: Ethics

America’s Long History of Anti-Immigrant Racism

‘The High Tide of Immigration—A National Menace’; cartoon by Louis Dalrymple from Judge magazine, August 1903

In her review of The Guarded Gate, Sarah Churchwell illustrates the long history of American racists fighting to exclude people of other races. The “undesirable” races have changed repeatedly over time, but the arguments for excluding them have been essentially the same.

On Tattoos

I gave the following advice to one of my children, who’s now 18 and itching to get a tattoo because some of his friends and others he admires have them and he attributes coolness and other intangible qualities to tattoos.

“Tattoos are a quick and effective means of changing your external appearance, decorating yourself with symbols to enhance your social standing or remind yourself of certain human/non-human relationships or ideas. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this and many people enjoy their tattoos with few or no regrets.

I have one major concern with the easy availability of tattoos – the widespread practice of young people, who often lack the life experience to understand the long term consequences of their actions and the patience to wait out their impulses, getting tattoos as a means of quickly changing who they are, making easy but long lasting changes to their external appearance rather than doing the long and difficult work of changing themselves.”

I’m not sure whether my thoughts helped my son think more deeply about why he wants a tattoo. So far, he hasn’t gotten one. I hope if/when he does, he does so after having reflected on what he hopes to gain by it.

 

Eddie Glaude Speaks the Truth on American White Supremacy

After a white supremacist terrorist inspired by Trump murdered 22 and injured 26 in El Paso, TX, Professor Eddie Glaude speaks the truth on American white supremacy.

I found this brilliant discourse in a post by Patton Oswalt, who shared a post by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Limbaugh, Carlson et al. are not conservatives. They’re far right propagandists, whose goal is to inflame fear and hatred in their audience and get/keep that audience addicted to their propaganda. It’s journalistic malpractice to call them conservative.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/11/business/media/el-paso-killer-conservative-media.html

Victor Blackwell on Trump’s Racist Attacks

Racist Donald Trump has been a racist his entire life and he used that racism to help him win the 2016 election. A cowardly press has avoided calling Trump racist directly, but hopefully that will change given how openly Trump is now attacking non-whites.

When Trump attacked Elijah Cummings and his district in Baltimore, MD, characterizing Cummings and his district the same way Nazis characterized Jews to dehumanize them, Victor Blackwell spoke brilliantly in response. Here’s that video.

Sources

Trump’s History of Racism

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/donald-trump-racist-meme/

https://www.vox.com/2016/7/25/12270880/donald-trump-racist-racism-history

Trump’s 27 July 2019 Attack on Cummings and Baltimore

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/27/trump-lashes-out-rep-elijah-cummings-baltimore-district/1845890001/

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-elijah-cummings-tweets-dangerous-filthy-baltimore-2019-7

Video

https://twitter.com/yashar/status/1155128232322187265/video/1

Thoughtful Essay on Collapse of the World into Two Classes

Daniel Miessler has written a thought provoking essay on the disappearance of the middle class and the collapse of society into a small wealthy class and a very large and poor underclass. There’s a link on the page to listen to this on audio.