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14 April 2013 @ 02:36 pm
Minority rights, parenting, and schooling  
FAST FIVE:
* "No minority group has ever been successful in achieving even the most basic of human rights without engaging in widespread, public agitation."
* Controversial shootings by the border patrol.
* Republian hypocrisy on sexual politics.
* On culture and looking for "the answer" to parenting.
* 'Five things it turns out you were right to hate about school.

 
 
 
Tales from a suburban tourist: Rara in Costa Ricaasimplelife on April 14th, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
I posted the parenting article before it was cool.
PMMJ: Possecheetahmaster on April 15th, 2013 03:33 am (UTC)
You are one hep cat.
Trevor Stone: Om Chomskyflwyd on April 15th, 2013 01:05 am (UTC)
Women were (and are) not a minority group; they're a slight majority.

Labor, taken broadly, has been a majority, though at the beginning of the 20th Century, farmers probably outnumbered non-agricultural labor.
PMMJ: Adult Swim terroristcheetahmaster on April 15th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
Women are a minority group in the states not by numbers, but by virtues of them being kept out of power for so long, and them receiving such unequal treatment, and still (still!) struggling for equal rights, equal pay, equal treatment, etc.
Trevor Stone: intense aztec drummer DNC 2008flwyd on April 15th, 2013 03:41 am (UTC)
So use a term like "disenfranchised group" rather than "minority group."

It would be absurd, for instance, to claim that blacks in South Africa were a "minority group" or that Gandhi led a successful campaign for "minority rights." In a great many cases the empowered and the oppressors are in the minority.
PMMJ: Darkseid is.cheetahmaster on April 15th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
IMHO, the wording here isn't the problem, but whatever works for you.
PMMJ: King Mobcheetahmaster on April 15th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)
And as above, like the article discusses, it's not numbers, but that labor as the collective has been kept out of power, and only through agitation has received things like minimum wage, weekends, better pay, benefits, etc. It's no accident that the reduction in union power in the last couple decades has lead to an era of high wealth inequality and a virtual plutocracy in the nation.