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During the Democratic caucuses in Nevada earlier this year, a controversy erupted when a polling place failed to provide a Spanish translator, a member of the audience volunteered to conduct translation, and she was shouted down by people who claimed that she was biased because of her political affiliations. Ultimately, the caucus runners decided to […]
The United States has been on a juggernaut for the acceptance and legalisation of same-sex marriage, from a nation that polled mostly against it to a nation that polls mostly for it, a nation where it was illegal or unprecedented to one where it’s been legalised by Supreme Court mandate. These are signs of social […]
My ongoing fascination with law enforcement on television has been stoked most recently by Almost Human, the Fox drama on policework in 2048, when human cops are partnered with androids in a hell-like version of Los Angeles that’s become plagued with crime and social inequity. As always, I find it fascinating that most television depictions […]
For one of the starkest illustrations of the retributive model of justice adopted in the United States, look to the way we continue to punish felons after they’ve already served their sentences. In a curious state of affairs, despite the fact that the court officially deems time served once a sentence has been completed, people […]
Laundry has become indelibly associated with the Chinese-American population, but many white people do not probe more deeply into why that is. There’s a reason that so many Chinese labourers worked in the laundry industry in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the story behind Chinese laundries is actually quite fascinating; should this post […]
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the politics of revulsion, because I think that they lie at the root of a lot of problems we experience as a society, especially problems related to inclusion and acceptance. The very idea that inclusion is often called ‘tolerance’ speaks to the way social attitudes entangle the mind […]