Discussion in 'Present & Current Events' started by 1963, Jun 27, 2020.
Well, there was that transgender man who got pregnant. Not sure why, but apparently it happened. maybe that is what the CDC is concerned about, not insulting those random transgender men who get pregnant.
They consider this move to be 'progressive;' I see it as sinister, as a step towards Newspeak. If I were a prisoner, I would prefer to be referred to as such, rather than through nomenclature designed to dress up my circumstances as far better than what they are.
Wisconsin sheriff's 'progressive' jail reform involves calling inmates 'residents'
As part of a progressive push, a Wisconsin jail will encourage staff to stop describing convicted or accused criminals incarcerated at the facility as "inmates," and to instead refer to them as "residents" or "those who are in our care," the newly elected sheriff announced Tuesday less than 100 days after taking office.
I think I read a sci fi novel about something like that, how the reality was never acknowledged by the words that were used to describe things. I have read so much I don't remember what book it was. I think The Hunger Games had some of that.
James Madison University trains students that Christians, White males are 'oppressors'
James Madison University in Virginia is training student employees to recognize that people who identify as male, straight, cisgender, or Christian are "oppressors" that engage in the "systematic subjugation" of other social groups.
According to documents obtained by Fox News, student employees in charge of facilitating orientation for first-year students this fall at JMU underwent training in recent weeks to learn about social justice and inclusion.
A training video mandated for student staff, hosted by coordinators Jessica Weed and Jennifer Iwerks, described oppression as "the systematic subjugation of one social group by a more powerful social group for the social, economic and political benefit of the more powerful social group."
The video defined an "oppressor" group as one that has the power to define reality for themselves and others, and in turn, the "target" groups "take in and internalize the negative messages about them and end up cooperating with the oppressors (thinking and acting like them)."
The presentation defined privilege as the "unearned social power accorded by the formal and informal institutions of society to ALL members of a dominant group at the expense of targeted groups." It also said members of both the oppressor and target groups are "socialized to play their roles as normal and correct."
The JMU training materials listed the various races and nationalities they considered "privileged" or "agents" and those they characterized as "oppressed" or "targets." Among the privileged, according to the presentation, are people who identify as male, cisgender, heterosexual, heteroromantic, Christian, White, Western European, American, upper to middle class, thin/athletic build, able-bodied, or ages 30s to early 50s.
Among the oppressed groups, according to the presentation, are people who identify as Black, Asian, Latinx, non-Western European, LGBTQ+, homoromantic, Muslim, Jewish, working class, overweight, or disabled, among others.
After the training was completed, student employees were sent an email instructing them to "not share these materials with others."
A JMU spokesperson told Fox News in a statement that the training was an "opportunity" for students who work in the Office of Student Affairs.
"The training was held to help ensure that every student guide for freshmen orientation had the tools and understanding to work with incoming students, who might have a different background than their own," the statement read. "At JMU, we strive to create an inclusive and welcoming community for all students. We also seek feedback on the training to constantly work on improving how we communicate and train student staff members."
In the USA much is made of 'it's my rights'.
This even extends to people not wishing to wear masks in public places.
Isn't this just PC stupidity in the middle of a pandemic with thousands of people very ill and hundreds dying.
All because some 'good ol' boys' think they are back street heroes sticking it to The Man.
'Aint no politician gonna tell me what to do'.
(same happens in the UK and Europe, but it isn't so 'in ya face').
That "My Rights" thing is used to excuse a lot of bad behavior in the U.S., but I have witnessed people from Australia and the UK stating the same thing online. So, as far as I can tell, it is just an excuse, not based on anything real.
Now if a corporation comes and says you have to sell them your house, that is different. The house owner has rights and sometimes corporations have gone to court to get something deemed "iminent domain" that allows them to take people's property, they are supposed to compensate, but sometimes that is just stomping on citizens for in favor of the corporations. There was one a few years ago that was in national news a lot because a lot of poorer elderly were being evicted from their homes so some corporation could raze them and build expensive condominiums. There was nothing real about the iminent domain in that case as it did not help the community in any way, it helped a few rich men get richer. The elected officials allowed it and everyone is sure that money changed hands and that the whole thing was illegal.
In the 80's the electric company, who has monopoly in our state did the same thing to an elderly woman who lived by herself on her ranch that she had inherited from her family 60 years before. They wanted to put a power station where her cabin was. She kept them at bay for years with a good lawyer and her shot gun, but when she was close to 90, the power company got impatient and pushed her off her land. If they had just waited a couple more years it might have saved that woman a lot of trauma because they took the sheriff out to evict her. Just stupid and greedy.
Cambridge museum to explain 'whiteness' of its sculptures under anti-racism campaign
Police pin hopes on ‘rainbow cars’ to drive out hate crime
The way that police car is painted looks like it belongs in H.R. Puffnstuff or the Bugaloos, a Sid & Marty Krofft children's tv show...
and they're going to hop out of that thing with no gun.....
Pluck of the Irish: Notre Dame bites back after its leprechaun mascot is deemed one of the most 'offensive' in college sports
Officials from the university in South Bend, Indiana, which has won 13 college football championships, quickly fired back. 'Our symbols stand as celebratory representations of a genuine Irish heritage at Notre Dame,' the school said. 'A heritage that we regard with respect, loyalty and affection.'
Notre Dame finished behind Florida State's Osceola and Renegade, San Diego State's Aztec Warrior and the University of Hawaii's Vili the Warrior in the poll of 1,266 people. 'None of these institutions were founded or named by Native Americans who sought to highlight their heritage by using names and symbols associated with their people,' the school said.
The university also looked to distance itself from the recent wave of sports franchises which have folded to public pressure to change their names. In April, the Cleveland Indians announced the baseball team would be called the Guardians. Last year, the NFL's Washington team dumped its nickname.
'It is worth noting... that there is no comparison between Notre Dame's nickname and mascot and the Indian and warrior names (and) mascots used by other institutions such as the NFL team formerly known as the Redskins.' Notre Dame said its nickname and mascot emphasize the resilience of the Irish people.
'In both the upraised fists of the leprechaun mascot and the use of the word 'Fighting', the intent is to recognize the determination of the Irish people and, symbolically, the university's athletes,' the school said.
According to the Catholic university, the Fighting Irish nickname was initially created as a derogatory term, used by rival schools at the start of the 20th century, as most of their students were of Irish and Catholic descent.
The term was made the team's official nickname in 1927 by then-university president Father Matthew Walsh, who was of Irish descent.
(More on the link)
This is one that actually surprises me. It seems that non Irish/non-Irish descent people are projecting offensiveness into a self-empowering symbol people of Irish descent appropriated. It goes along with the name, The Fighting Irish, which is discussed in detail here.
I'm willing to change my tune, though, should actual leprechauns declare that its use offends them.
They are going to have to find some generic cartoon character like the one the Philidelphia uses. (Forgot which team because I don't care about sports, but it is a funny looking mascot, no way anyone could be offended by it, if they were it would be an indication they need to spend some time in a mental hospital.
I was thinking of the green one
mascot for philadelphia teams
Anyone who finds the leprechaun motif offensive had best keep away from our Six Nations rugby games when the Irish are playing.
Is that what it is supposed to be, a leprechaun? LOL. The Albuquerque Isotopes has a good mascot, it is a big orange thing with green hair, no way anyone could consider it resembles anything real.
Fresh from the CDC
CDC's 'inclusive' language guide discourages saying 'alcoholic,' 'smoker,' 'uninsured,' 'elderly'
The guide has multiple sections with suggestions for more inclusive language, including a section dedicated to "Corrections & Detentions" that suggests replacing terms such as "Inmate," "Prisoner," "Convict/ex-convict," and "Criminal" with terms such as "People/persons," "Persons in pre-trial or with charge," "Persons on parole or probation," or "People in immigration detention facilities."