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“ Facts and evidence [...] simply aren’t that effective, given how selectively they are processed and interpreted. Instead, why not focus on presenting issues in a way keeps broader notions out of it—messages that are not [...] in any way a reflection of who you are? ”— I Don’t Want to Be Right - The New Yorker
“ As our culture progressed and became more and more willing to study racism and misogyny, and how they both operate systemically within our culture, ... the definition of “good guy” changed.— The White Guy Problem | Bitter Gertrude
It was no longer just a public declaration that you weren’t bigoted and a lack of active oppression of women and people of color. Being a “good guy” now meant engaging in a difficult and complex process of understanding privilege, including your own privilege, acknowledging that, and understanding how racism and misogyny are created and disseminated, how much of that we’ve internalized, and how we work to end that.... Most of us are still struggling with these issues and our place within them every day.
But some people are LIVID... [They] cannot comprehend ... the idea that someone else’s narrative could be just as important, or, possibly, for even just a moment, more urgent and important, as anything but a MASSIVE injustice against them. They’ve been first in line for so long THEY NEVER EVEN KNEW THE LINE EXISTED, and they believe that being asked to wait in line like everyone else is bigotry against them. ...
They BELIEVE they’re the victims of a culture that changed behind their backs and deprived them of being the well-liked “good guy” without meeting new qualifications; ... the victims of a culture that suddenly “doesn’t care” about their issues because the issues of other groups are starting to be seen as equally important; the victims of a culture that no longer posits “white guy” as the one human in constant possession of the benefit of the doubt. ”
“ Objectivity has often served as a bulwark reinforcing the privilege of dominant groups.— The Ideal of Objectivity in Political Dialogue
No one engaged in social and political dialogue can effectively occupy the emotionally detached, non-perspectival, pre-interpretive point of view presumed by [some] conceptions [of objectivity], and only those who enjoy the privileges of dominant groups can even appear to do so.
[In many] cases, the members of a dominant social group are unlikely to accept the validity of a demand for justice, either because they live at too great a social distance from the injustice in question or because they have emotional, social, and economic investments in the perpetuation of the status quo.
The ideal of public reason places the burden of proving one’s freedom from subjective interest and bias squarely upon the marginalized critic of the status quo rather than upon the dominant defender of that state of affairs.
If our concept of objectivity sets the threshold of a good-faith effort so high that no claim grounded in an experience which is not equally available to all participants is objective, then our concept of objectivity will silence the demands for justice voiced by many oppressed groups and perpetuate their marginalization.
One way [change] might be achieved is to define objectivity in terms of each person's responsibility to [...] seek out experiences which can help them understand the standpoints of the subordinate and the marginalized [and] to examine their moral and religious views self-critically to uncover any signs of ideological determination. ”
“ More than 80 countries around the world still criminalize consensual homosexual conduct ... More than half those countries have these laws because they once were British colonies. ... It was a colonial attempt to set standards of behavior, both to reform the colonized and to protect the colonizers against moral lapses. ...— Human Rights Watch: This Alien Legacy – The Origins of “Sodomy” Laws in British Colonialism (via Boka)
In recent decades, judges, public figures and political leaders have defended [these] laws as citadels of nationhood and cultural authenticity. Homosexuality, they now claim, comes from the colonizing West. They forget the West brought in the first laws enabling governments to forbid and repress it. ... Much of this fierce opposition stem[s] from Christian churches—themselves, of course, hardly homegrown in their origins. ”
“ People interpret criticism completely differently depending on how they see the relationship between themselves and the critic. ...— How do you tell when the news is biased? It depends on how you see yourself » Nieman Journalism Lab
If we can find a way to tell our stories outside of partisan frames, we might reduce feelings of unfairness. The trick would be to shy away from invoking divisive identities, preferring frames that allow members of a polarized audience to see themselves as part of the same group. ”
“ 2010 lag der Anteil der Hochschulabsolventen an der Bevölkerung in Österreich bei 19 Prozent. Der OECD-Schnitt ist 31 Prozent. ... Die Ausgaben pro Schüler/Student lagen 33% über dem Durchschnitt. ... Der Anteil der öffentlichen Bildungsausgaben an den öffentlichen Gesamtausgaben liegt nach wie vor um 12 Prozent unter dem OECD-Schnitt. ... Die Chancen auf einen Bildungsaufstieg sind in Österreich nur gering (siebentletzte Stelle in der OECD). ... Klassengrößen sind besser als der Durchschnitt, und es gibt nur ca. halb so viele Schüler an Privatschulen. ”— Studie "Bildung auf einen Blick" - derStandard.at
“ "Men seek youth and beauty, while women focus on wealth and status" — evolutionary psychologists have claimed that these general preferences in human mating are universal and based on biology. But new research suggests: The greater the equality of power between the genders, the more similar the traits that both men and women seek in potential mates. ”— TIME.com
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