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  •  I liked Oshino's book (11+ / 0-)

    It's hard to discuss microaggressions in the context of human rights, though, because they are each so minor. I mean, one can talk microaggressions generally, as an infringement of human dignity, just as forcing people to cover is an infringement.  But microaggressions almost by definition don't wind up in the courtroom (unlike, say, the discrimination suit that was reasonably filed in Rogers v American Airlines).  And that's one thing that makes them so pernicious.

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    by hepshiba on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 12:18:47 PM PDT

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    •  I have some contentions with him (2+ / 0-)
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      in that he seems to be advocating for a loss of legal protections and more of a "pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps" civil rights approach. I think there's a definite need for the first, however. I like his point though about the way we "cover." But his Libertarian sort of views about reducing legal protections trouble me. It's a piece I'd taught and dropped because I kept getting tangled up with it, ethically.

      If he was talking about micro aggression, then yes, that all makes more sense because yes, it doesn't get litigated. Still, legal protections should be kept in place for the macro manifestions of the micro, if that makes sense.

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      by mahakali overdrive on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 02:45:31 PM PDT

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      •  I have some of the same difficulties (2+ / 0-)
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        with the Oshino book that you do. For me, it's a lot more interesting as a description of a problem than as a solution to one.   I believe in legal remedies to discrimination, but it's a challenge to implement them in a larger culture that is sexist and racist to the bone.

        "If you fake the funk, your nose will grow." -- Bootsy Collins

        by hepshiba on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 02:58:00 PM PDT

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        •  Absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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          His take is really interesting! No doubt. It's his conclusions about what to do that aggravate me. And yes, we can't wholly rely on legal repercussions. I think we just aren't ready to back down on civil rights cases at all yet: Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, these weigh in my mind (sorry to be sort of breezy... I'm grading while typing, which is never a good thing, but your diary has caught my interest!)

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          by mahakali overdrive on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 03:03:31 PM PDT

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