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Diversity vs. Difference

Diversity has not only become a way of eRacing difference, in some cases it has become a cause to do so.  Having diversity is like that Black friend you claim when someone or something insinuates that you are racist. Being diverse is similar to having earned a tolerance merit badge that says to mixed company […]

Diversity has not only become a way of eRacing difference, in some cases it has become a cause to do so.  Having diversity is like that Black friend you claim when someone or something insinuates that you are racist. Being diverse is similar to having earned a tolerance merit badge that says to mixed company that you don’t have anything against gays, Asians etc.  Diversity does not mean that difference is accommodated, acknowledged or appreciated.  It may indicate what you don’t have against difference but it tells us nothing about what thoughts, feelings, and emotions you have for the difference that ‘diversity’ represents.

Diversity simply means that difference is around, that difference is visible.  The most eRaced people in a diverse setting are visible minorities. The message to ‘colored persons’ is simple: ‘we see you so there is no need to be you.  Being you is an expression of difference that makes diversity a real life experience that ‘colors’ the life and lives of those around you.  So when you are here, focus on the opportunities you have as opposed to the reasons why it took so long to extend them to a representative sample of your ‘difference’ (aka. ‘you’).’

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The Devil’s Daughter

France’s far right: La Pen’s Daughter takes over
Jan 15th 2011, 15:40 by The Economist online | PARIS

“Ms Le Pen’s talent has been to move the far-right away from its thuggish neo-Nazi fixation to more respectable concerns about integration and what she calls “Islamisation”. By casting herself as a defender of French laïcité, or secularism, she is a harder target for mainstream politicians to attack. At a rally in Lyon in December, she caused outrage by comparing French Muslims praying in the streets to the Nazi occupation.”

Slap to a Man’s Pride Set Off Tumult in Tunisia

By KAREEM FAHIM – NYTimes

“Faida Hamdy, a 45-year-old municipal inspector in Sidi Bouzid, a police officer’s daughter, was single, had a “strong personality” and an unblemished record, her supervisor said. She inspected buildings, investigated noise complaints and fined vendors like Mr. Bouazizi, whose itinerant trade may or may not have been legal; no one seems to know.”

“Though she faced daily discrimination and sexual harassment, Lilly pressed onward, believing that eventually things would change. Until, nineteen years later, Lilly received an anonymous note revealing that she was making thousands less per year than the men in her position.  Devastated, she filed a sex discrimination case against Goodyear, which she won—and then heartbreakingly lost on appeal. Over the next eight years, her case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where she lost again: the court ruled that she should have filed suit within 180 days of her first unequal paycheck–despite the fact that she had no way of knowing that she was being paid unfairly all those years. In a dramatic moment, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench, urging Lilly to fight back.”

Curriculum Vitae

Tom L. States PhD Candidate

Fields of Interest: Political Theory, International Relations, Marxist Political Economy

Research Topic: eRacism - Conflicts of Difference

Education History: Williams College, BA Political Science; New York University, MA Politics; York University PhD Candidate

Languages: English, German

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi

Words of Wisdom: “IT” is what you are when you are young. Your youth mistakes certainty of the few things that you think you know for knowledge of things that it takes a life time to understand. With time and a few life experiences “IT” becomes the thing you pursue to give your life meaning. Somewhere along the way of having or getting “IT” you ask yourself, ‘Is this “IT”? Panic sets in when you realize that “IT” is your life. Fear and insecurity is that feeling you get when “IT” has not been worth a life time.

Bookshelf

Harvey, David. Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference. New York: Longman, 1996.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin White Masks. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press. 1967.

Cancian, Francesca M. Gender Politics: Love and Power in the Private and Public Spheres. Gender and the Life Course. Ed. Alice S. Rossi. New York: Aldine, 1985.

Sand, Shlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People. New York: Verso, 2009.

Lay, Shawn. The Invisible Empire In The West: Toward a New Historical Appraisal of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920's. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Journal

Carothers, Thomas. Think Again: Civil Society. Foreign Policy Date, (Winter: 1999-2000).

Ober, Josiah. The original meaning of "democracy": Capacity to do things, not majority rule. Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics. American Political Science Association meetings, Philadelphia, (2006).