Category Archives: Musings & Rants: Life

Racism is Real, but the Concept of White Fragility Could Use a Closer Look

Disagreement or raw feelings in race-forward situations can have many causes, and overly-broad use of concepts like white fragility may do more harm than good to the mission of reducing racism. Elizabeth is a progressive activist who signed up for … Continue reading

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“The Worst Possible Way to Win Over Rural Voters”

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We have trained ourselves far more in the art of vilification than communication.  Devin Poore grew up near the northeast corner of Washington State. Ferry County is one of the poorest in the state, with a median household income of … Continue reading

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False Euthanasia Story a Lesson in Outrage and Polarization

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On June 4, media outlets around the world repeated the false story that a 17-year-old Dutch teen had been legally euthanized. The headlines and stories were as sensational as the narrative allowed, usually along the lines of “Raped Dutch Girl … Continue reading

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Imagine If Our Virtual Assistants Were Black

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Imagine if Siri, Alexa and Cortana were named Deshawn, LaToya and Tyrell and, instead of being female, their voices were clearly identifiable as Black. We command them to make our appointments and take us places. We expect them to stand … Continue reading

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One Psychological Reason Democratic Primaries May Serve as a Trump Re-Election Campaign

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From an emotional standpoint, attacking character rather than policies can be a one-way street. More than ever in the age of social media, when political opponents compete they focus on each other’s character flaws, missteps, and past bad behavior rather … Continue reading

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The Complicated Relationship Between Outrage, Virtue Signaling, and Real Social Change

Deep State Conspiracy! Immigrant Concentration Camps! Hate Crimes Up! African Christians Massacred! Xi Snubs Pope! Crowd Shouts Lock Her Up! New York Infanticide! Homeless People in Cages! . . . People who write headlines and create memes get paid to … Continue reading

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Widows Succumbs to Hollywood Pattern of Woke-Washing Greed and Violence

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Breaking ground is harder than it sounds, especially if a work of art must also appeal to millions at the box office in order to earn millions for investors. A group of screwed-over women pull off a perfect heist. Great … Continue reading

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