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  •  Henry Louis Gates identified two different (2+ / 0-)
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    forms of outgroup demonization: that which accuses its object of inferiority (lazy, shiftless, inclined to commit crimes in pursuit of short-term personal pleasure) and that which accuses its object of iniquity (cunning, amoral, inclined to commit crimes in pursuit of group dominance, tries to infiltrate the power structure). He cited anti-black racism as a typical example of the former, and anti-semitism as one of the latter.

    The context was an essay (from the mid-90s) on the Oppression Olympics then going on between gay activists and old-line black civil rights activists. He pointed out that gay men were often treated the latter way and that homophobia in many ways resembled anti-semitism more than it did anti-black racism.

    (the specific context was gay men, not "GLBT" or "LGBT" people and there's little reason to believe you can automatically generalize this observation to other groups in the alphabet soup. In particular, transpeople seem to experience both forms of demonization, with much of the latter coming from a subset of lesbians who politically identify as far left. Bisexuals seem to get mostly the latter, with most of it coming from gay men.)

    Writing in all lower-case letters should be a capital offense

    by ebohlman on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:20:07 PM PST

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    •  I'll have to find that Gates essay. (1+ / 0-)
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      There are, of course, bigots who will hold both demonization views about the same group, and damn the contradictions.

      The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

      by raboof on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 04:15:18 AM PST

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