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A Global ‘Ole South’

The Southern United States have always been diverse but managed to build two peculiar institutions around oppressing and suppressing ‘difference’ – ‘chattel slavery’ and ‘Jim Crow’.  Today, diversity around the globe too often employs a ‘Southern Strategy’ against difference.  The strategy is one of eRacing the historical and social reality of difference from considerations of justice, […]

The Southern United States have always been diverse but managed to build two peculiar institutions around oppressing and suppressing ‘difference’ – ‘chattel slavery’ and ‘Jim Crow’.  Today, diversity around the globe too often employs a ‘Southern Strategy’ against difference.  The strategy is one of eRacing the historical and social reality of difference from considerations of justice, equality and freedom for people whose lives have been coloured by differences of race, sex, religion, gender and sexual orientation . The point of eRacing difference is to continue to deny the social validity of specific instances of difference that are factored in social relations of power.

Bibi Deploys the Southern Strategy

Benjamin Netanyahu, now and forever (it seems) Israel’s prime minister, will do whatever it takes to keep his job, including renouncing his own positions.

Secret NOM Documents Reveal Race-Baiting Strategy

“Last night the Human Rights Campaign released a slew of previously sealed internal documents from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation’s largest, most visible, and most insidious group of marriage discrimination proponents. The documents, marked “confidential,” were unsealed yesterday afternoon in Maine as part of that state’s ongoing ethics investigation into NOM’s campaign finances. NOM, notoriously dogged in its efforts to fight internal disclosures of any kind, had sued in state court to block the investigation, and now we know why: the documents disclosed yesterday reveal the group’s vile and repugnant strategy of setting minority groups against each other through the shameful exploitation of race.”

LGBT Rights: The 2013 ‘Hall of Shame’ International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Gay rights activists march in Tbilisi, May 17, 2012. Dozens of gay rights activists marching on the streets to mark The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) were stopped by Orthodox Christian activists. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST)

OUTTAKE VOICES™(Interviews) By Charlotte Robinson

Podcast Description
This innovative series provides informative , intimate interviews with global LGBT leaders , their allies including Alan Ball, Margaret Cho, Kate Clinton, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Jarrett Barrios, Cleve Jones & more… Hosted by Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson

“Let us consider a more concrete example of just and unjust laws. An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself. This is difference made legal. By the same token, a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself. This is sameness made legal. ” Letter from a Birmingham Jail – Martin Luther King Jr. 16 April 1963

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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).