For the past 18 months, many political scientists have been seized by one question: Less-educated whites were President Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters. But why, exactly?

Was their vote some sort of cri de coeur about a changing economy that had left them behind? Or was the motivating sentiment something more complex and, frankly, something harder for policy makers to address?

After analyzing in-depth survey data from 2012 and 2016, the University of Pennsylvania political scientist Diana C. Mutz argues that it’s the latter. In a new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, she added her conclusion to the growing body of evidence that the 2016 election was not about economic hardship.

“Instead,” she writes, “it was about dominant groups that felt threatened by change and a candidate who took advantage of that trend.”

“For the first time since Europeans arrived in this country,” Mutz notes, “white Americans are being told that they will soon be a minority race.” When members of a historically dominant group feel threatened, she explains, they go through some interesting psychological twists and turns to make themselves feel okay again. First, they get nostalgic and try to protect the status quo however they can. They defend their own group (“all lives matter”), they start behaving in more traditional ways, and they start to feel more negatively toward other groups.

This could be why in one study, whites who were presented with evidence of racial progress experienced lower self-esteem afterward. In another study, reminding whites who were high in “ethnic identification” that nonwhite groups will soon outnumber them revved up their support for Trump, their desire for anti-immigrant policies, and their opposition to political correctness.

Mutz also found that “half of Americans view trade as something that benefits job availability in other countries at the expense of jobs for Americans.

blackjackgabbiani  asked:

Someone tell me why people continue to use "the original feminists were racist so the entire movement is founded on racism" as some sort of linchpin despite that most PEOPLE in that age were racist and any movement was gonna run into that. Worker's rights and unions? Ending child labor? Heck even immigration rights. But nobody takes it out on those movements.

Exactly. And it’s not only racism either. For example, black abolitionists most surely had antiquated views on women and LGBT people. You simply can’t apply modern standards to people from over a century ago. Do these people not know what relativism is?

anonymous asked:

The left is whining because people are criticizing the Starfire actress and trying to say it’s because she’s black. It’s because her outfit sucks. Not anything to do with race.

Yeah, the people crying about racism really have no leg to stand on. I’m no Teen Titans fan, but I looked up the remake and ALL of the costumes are a disgrace. They’re not even trying. It looks like a middle school play.

And for the record, a black woman could easily play this character. She’s orange. There should be no racial barriers when it comes to casting her. It should be very easy to make this actress look like an accurate representation:


So one of my players is playing an Aasimar but since he’s not white he really didn’t like the stareotype that anything that’s divine, holy or blessed are white (as the Aasimar are depicted as). I told him as long as it’s strikingly beautiful and clearly unnatural and has a hint of divinity he can make his Aasimar look however he wants.

Here’s what he decided: bronze skin. Not skin LIKE bronze, ACTUALLY bronze skin. Like a living statue with a slight tarnish to it and a soft glow or sheen to it. His eyes are black void with swirling blue clouds and white flecks like stars and his hair is jet black and curly. We found these two photos as reference

I will be very honest: i think this looks more divine and holy than a glowing alabaster skinned human. It got me thinking: what are some other appearances for Aasimar besides glowing white skin? Here’s some ideas i came up with

1. Skin like angels. Deva: soft green/blue. Planatar: powder blue. Solar: salmon red/orange.

2. Skin like metals. Reflective gold, polished bronze, shiny silver

3. Skin like marble. Marble comes in pretty much any color but always has vains and patterns in other colors

4. Neon eyes. Purple, green, orange, yellow iris

5. Metallic eyes. No whites, just golden orbs, silver spheres, bronze balls set into their skull

The skin is always going to be glowing/reflective and their eyes reflect light unnaturally. Optional: when injured their blood is gold or silver like celestial ichor

Aasimar are touched by the upper planes just like Genasi are touched by the elemental planes and Teiflings are touched by the lower planes. Just as there are many types of Genasi and an infinite type of teifling variants out there there should be more than just pale human to represent the divine mortal children of the celestial. I personally love my players character and together we worked on a backstory and quest for him (which I’m psyched about) so i just had to share the creativity

Comedian Hari Kondabolu made a documentary in 2017 called The Problem With Apu. It’s not very long — less than an hour. In it, he interrogates the legacy of Apu, the convenience store owner on The Simpsons voiced by Hank Azaria. Kondabolu talked to other actors and comics who longed for more South Asian representation, only to find that at the time, Apu was just about all there was. And Apu was not only voiced by a white actor, but he was doing what Azaria has acknowledged is a take on Peter Sellers doing an Indian accent in the movie The Party. In other words, he based his caricature of an accent on someone else’s caricature of an accent. Or, as Kondabolu said on W. Kamau Bell’s show Totally Biased, “a white guy doing an impression of a white guy making fun of my father.”

Sunday night, The Simpsons offered what is apparently its best effort at a response. In one of the plotlines, Marge tries to read Lisa a book she loved as a little girl and realizes it’s full of racist stereotypes. In an effort to share the book with Lisa without passing along the things she finds offensive, Marge revises the book and brings it back to Lisa.

“It takes a lot of work to take the spirit and character out of a book, but now it’s as inoffensive as a Sunday in Cincinnati,” Marge announces. Marge has changed everything in the book so that nothing in it can bother anyone, which involves making the central character so perfect that, as Lisa instantly announces, “there’s no point to the book.” Marge asks what she’s supposed to do.

This comparison is utterly dishonest, of course, for a multitude of reasons. Apu is not the central character of The Simpsons, and it’s absurd to suggest that the fabric of the show will be unwound if he doesn’t continue to be the same caricature he is. His existence at the periphery — his very flatness, and his definition as a bag of signifiers meant to scream “INDIAN!” is integral to what it means to write a racist stereotype. It’s galling that writers will force a character to exist as funny scenery and then complain that they cannot change him without upsetting the emotional arc of the series.

‘The Simpsons’ To 'The Problem With Apu’: Drop Dead

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Black And Latino Children Are Often Overlooked When It Comes To Autism
Research suggests that African-American and Latino children with autism are diagnosed later in life because of healthcare provider bias and families' lack of access to care, among other reasons.

Black and latinx children are getting diagnosed as autistic less often than their white peers, due to many factors, including doctors’ own hesitance. These communities are also at a greater risk of misdiagnosis based on racist biases.

It’s the race of the century, folks… Scooby-Doo gang vs. the Supernatural guys!

They’re lined up, ready to go… 

…the light turns green…

…and the Mystery Machine blasts off, leaving them in the dust!

They cough…


…and get a little miffed, but eventually start driving.

All in all, 13.5 seconds pass. 

Sheesh, at the speed they were going, the Mystery Machine must be, what, 200 feet away by now? 300?

…oh, wait, never mind, 

it’s barely *20* feet away.

The Mystery Machine adheres to anti-Weeping Angel logic… if it’s not on-screen, it can’t move.