The Development of and Perpetuation of Racism 2.0 – a few comments

What I call Racism 2.0 (and Sexism 2.0, Nationalism 2.0, etc.) is manifestations of this ideology and pattern of discrimination on the Internet, especially through social media. Memes can be very powerful, useful, and accurate. They have a poetic quality of sometimes conveying complex ideas in simple, yet significant ways. However, a large number of memes embodyContinue reading “The Development of and Perpetuation of Racism 2.0 – a few comments”

Issues in Historiography: The Texas Revolution or the Long Invasion of Mexico?

This past few weeks my students and I have been discussing various sides of the so-called Texas Revolution in depth in both my Texas History class and Mexican American History I class. One of my favorite things about teaching is that there is always so much to learn and things change every semester. Anything related toContinue reading “Issues in Historiography: The Texas Revolution or the Long Invasion of Mexico?”

Small Towns, “Knowing Everybody,” and Erasure – Hidden Power of Words Series, #25

Today at lunch I overheard a comment the greeter made to a customer as she seated him. She said something to the effect of so you’ve been in Lake Jackson for fifty years and then said, “so you know everybody and their dog, too.” So-called “small towns” have a long habit of suggesting and believing that individualsContinue reading “Small Towns, “Knowing Everybody,” and Erasure – Hidden Power of Words Series, #25″

A massive Trump-ordered deportation might look like this:

Imagine some group or agency inevitably comprised of all unquestionably pure White men listening to orders from a superior. Imagine this superior assigning each man a certain number of houses and ordering him to visit each one in the next ten hours.  Imagine this man, who is heavily armed, knocking on the door or busting down theContinue reading “A massive Trump-ordered deportation might look like this:”

Capitalism: As a System of Punishment

We are taught that capitalism rewards innovative individuals. Neoliberal social institutions throughout the United States, especially the media, embody and decree messages that shout, “Hard work and dedication will allow you to achieve anything and live in great comfort!” These messages ignore that for the vast majority of people capitalism is not a system whereby labor,Continue reading “Capitalism: As a System of Punishment”

Elitism and Social Pressure: Discounts, “Clean Food,” and Gender – Things On My Mind, Series #4

I’ve had several thoughts things on my mind today, and I’d like to share those with you. Today after having lunch with my mother we went to Bath and Body Works. I enjoyed looking around at the different products and enjoying the different smells. I was basically off in my own world until I heardContinue reading “Elitism and Social Pressure: Discounts, “Clean Food,” and Gender – Things On My Mind, Series #4″

The Usefulness of Trials, or Why Trials are Dangerous

I am increasingly alarmed at how few people receive trials. What happened to our society that, at times, proclaimed the right to a trial as a basic human right? Of course, this right mainly applied to those racialized as White; virtually never to enslaved Blacks; but it was a start. As discussed in texts suchContinue reading “The Usefulness of Trials, or Why Trials are Dangerous”

4th Annual 4th of July Piece: Country, Constitution, and Political Philosophy

This is part of what has become a yearly series. To see previous posts, click the following links accordingly: 2013: Personal Histories and Reflections about the 4th of July, 2014: “4th of July” vs “Independence Day” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #11, 2015: Third Annual 4th of July Reflection: Inability to Use Evidence—2015’s #1 Problem. Given my latestContinue reading “4th Annual 4th of July Piece: Country, Constitution, and Political Philosophy”