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August 2, 2013

Episode 263: From Rags To Racists

The Axiom Amnesia Theory with Heit & Cheri

Why are there so many racists in the world? Simply put, however, racism (a subset of classism) is the underlying cause of many of the ills of our society. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri discuss everything from racists to controversy over a tampon ad featuring a 12-year-old.

Topics discussed include Smithsonian considering putting Trayvon Martin’s hoodie into their museum, how disappointing it is to see that the discussion about race has exposed so many closet racists, how peoples’ online persona is reflective of some of their deepest thoughts they’d never have the gall to say publicly, a video of a couple of white men who parked a boat on a beach and approached Blacks saying they were offering free trips back to Africa, working in a cubicle, whether the the discussion on race prompted by the Zimmerman case is productive, a study that says believers in Christian end-times theology are less likely to support policies designed to curb global warming than are other Americans, Ariel Castro (the man who held 3 women captive for 10+ years) being sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years in prison, police brutality against Blacks, Edward Snowden granted asylum in Russia, a controversial tampon commercial featuring a 12-year-old girl, and more!


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  • Discussion about the Smithsonian considering putting Trayvon Martin’s hoodie into their museum.

    The hooded sweatshirt Trayvon Martin wore the night George Zimmerman shot him to death could end up on display at the Smithsonian Institution. [...]

    The hoodie is now stored with other evidence from the case at the U.S. Department of Justice, which has opened an investigation into whether Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil rights.

    But the power and symbolism of the hoodie could be available for legions of visitors to an iconic Washington, D.C., museum.

    The director of a new branch of the Smithsonian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, told the Washington Post he would like the museum to acquire the piece of history for its permanent collection.

    “It became the symbolic way to talk about the Trayvon Martin case,” Lonnie Bunch told the Post. “It’s rare that you get one artifact that really becomes the symbol.
    Source: ABC

  • At some point, all of the people who were working for justice for Trayvon will have to work through their feelings about the outcome of the case and figure out a way to individually move forward in whatever way they see best.
  • Discussion about how disappointing it is to see that the discussion about race has exposed so many closet racists.
  • Discussion about how peoples’ online persona is reflective of some of their deepest thoughts they’d never have the gall to say publicly.
  • Discussion about a video of a couple of white men who parked a boat on a beach and approached Blacks saying they were offering free trips back to Africa. They also said a lot of other racist and stereotypical things in the process of what they call a joke.
  • It is a joke to these white people to be racist. They get a kick out of it–just like with the Asiana Airlines pilot names.
  • Discussion about working in a cubicle. Why do people work in a cubicle? Cheri shares her experiences working in a cubicle.
  • Privacy and productivity are two good reasons to work in a cubicle rather than out in the open.
  • Do you think the discussion on race prompted by the Zimmerman case is productive? Do you think white supremacy will be defeated?
  • Discussion about a segment on Best of the Left where they were talking about peoples’ belief in “end times prophecies” makes them less concerned about global warning.

    The authors examine U.S. public attitudes regarding global climate change, addressing the puzzle of why support for governmental action on this front is tepid relative to what existing theories predict. Introducing the theoretical concept of relative sociotropic time horizons, the authors show that believers in Christian end-times theology are less likely to support policies designed to curb global warming than are other Americans. They then provide robustness checks by analyzing other policy attitudes. In so doing, the authors provide empirical evidence to suggest that citizens possessing shorter “shadows of the future” often resist policies trading short-term costs for hypothetical long-term benefits.
    Source: Political Research Quarterly

  • Today, an Ohio judge sentenced Ariel Castro (the man who held 3 women captive for 10+ years) to life without parole plus 1,000 years in prison.

    He will never see the light of day outside of a prison, yet George Zimmerman, who murdered a person, is free to speed down Texas highways with a gun on deck.

    Judge Michael Russo told Castro, “You don’t deserve to be out in our community. You’re too dangerous.”

    Do you think George Zimmerman is dangerous?

    In handing down a sentence of life in prison plus 1,000 years to Ariel Castro, an Ohio judge told the kidnapper on Thursday that there was no place in the world for his brand of criminal.
    Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts, including murder and kidnapping, in connection with the kidnapping and abuse of Michelle Knight, Georgina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, whom he held captive for a decade in his Cleveland home. As part of the plea deal, the death penalty was taken off the table.
    “You don’t deserve to be out in our community,” Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo said after an hours-long hearing in which Castro, at times, appeared to defend his actions. “You’re too dangerous.”
    Source: CNN

  • What’s the 1K years all about? He cannot possibly serve this time.
  • Discussion about all of the police brutality against Blacks. When will the madness end?
  • Edward Snowden, the whistleblower, was granted asylum in Russia.

    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country’s territory.

    The whistleblower has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, Snowden’s legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said, with his words later confirmed by Russia’s Federal Migration service.

    “I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service. They are what he needs to leave the transit zone,” he added.

    Kucherena showed a photocopy of the document to the press. According to it, Snowden is free to stay in Russia until at least July 31, 2014. His asylum status may be extended annually upon request.
    Source: RT

  • Still no word on Bradley Manning’s sentence.
  • Discussion about a controversial tampon commercial featuring a 12-year-old girl.
  • They are addressing the young women who are experiencing their periods for the first few times. There’s no reason for this to be a controversy.
  • Discussion about the emergence of condom commercials on TV.


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