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  •  Noam Chomsky (5+ / 0-)

    speaks very fondly of Said.
    Of course Noam Chomsky is also criticized by the very knee jerk cultural "literati" who are in denial that they subscribe to a social/political/scientific viewpoint that is part and parcel of what angry marmot refers to as one that's "expedient for our political culture".

    Thanks to angry marmot for pulling together the strings that comprise the "corporate institution" and explaining it to us.

    It seems to dominate not only the cultural views demeaning   "orientals" but, I believe, it underlies all sorts of prejudices that lead to injustices perpetrated against the "other".

    Many years ago I had the pleasure of seeing James Earl Jones off, off Broadway in Athol Fugar's "A Lesson from Aloes" about South African apartheid and a white South African's racism.

    This wonderful play ended with the realization that the institutionalized racism was not only hurtful to those against whom it was perpetrated but also those who practiced it because they make themselves brittle and deprive themselves of the friendships and learning and joy of engaging with others who in some superficial way were perceived as "different".

    •  The wages of whiteness... (4+ / 0-)
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      poco, eve, Limelite, angry marmot

      the material, psychological pay-off from distancing one's self from the depth and breadth of our shared humanity.  

      I for one am tired of pandering to perpetrators --- many of whom are opposed to any discussion however it comes. -- soothsayer99 DPK Caucus

      by princss6 on Fri Aug 05, 2011 at 04:56:25 PM PDT

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