On The Invisible Architecture of Bias (Audio)
Howdy there folks. We're back again to hear me speaking words to you about ideas and whatnot. In this installment: "The Invisible Architecture of Bias," available in both spoken audio (this one) and written text (here: http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=1013087) formats. Good times. Also, please note that when I say culture, or "society," in this piece, I mean to indicate Western and especially US American society. The intricacies of HOW bias gets reinforced within other cultures and societies may be similar, but will have important variations to which we should pay especial attention. In addition to that, I'm going to go ahead and put the reference links, right here. There are a lot of them, but I think they're pretty useful, on the whole: References: Links to a great many seriously upsetting statistics: http://lordbape.tumblr.com/post/93357010164/killed-for-being-black-theres-more-black-on-white “Michael Brown, Ferguson, and The Logic of Slavery”: http://www.racefiles.com/2014/08/20/michael-brown-ferguson-and-the-logic-of-slavery/ Four Youths Claimed to Have Committed Suicide, With Guns. While in Police Custody. And Handcuffed: https://38.media.tumblr.com/bc066f62b8cb99b0c8b2e0aefa87abac/tumblr_naxi6iOfOu1qkoj3co1_500.jpg Shaun King on The Murder of John Crawford, III, and How it Fits into American Society: http://poldberg.tumblr.com/post/97152925423/while-there-is-a-lot-of-appropriate-rage-about Also: Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/07/ohio-black-man-killed-by-police-walmart-doubts-cast-witnesss-account Also: Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story: http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/09/witness_in_john_crawford_iii_shooting_changes_story.html “Actress Daniel Watts Wrongfully Detained on Accusations of Prostitution”: http://www.forharriet.com/2014/09/actress-daniele-watts-wrongfully.html?m=1 A Non-Famous Person Recounts Several Similar Experiences: https://twitter.com/FunSizeBytes/timelines/511261473046528001 “Black Boys Viewed as Older, Less Innocent Than Whites, Research Finds; Police likelier to use force against black children when officers ‘dehumanize’ blacks, study says” http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2014/03/black-boys-older.aspx “Men And Women Appear To Suffer Pain Differently. So Do Blacks And Whites. Modern Medicine Has Trouble Even Talking About It.” Paradoxically, the same groups accused of insensitivity often were also said to respond to pain with insufficient stoicism. Black people’s supposed indifference to pain was used to justify colonization and slavery; at the same time, slaves were often accused of overreacting to pain. Bourke looked as far back as the 18th century and found that some groups were accused of widely disparate kinds of “improper” pain responses practically all at the same time. “It’s a really a Catch-22,” she said. “They’re either not really feeling, and it’s just reflexes, or they’re feeling too much and it’s exaggerated or it’s hysterical. http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2014/06/14/don-feel-your-pain/cIrKD5czM0pgZQv7PgCmxI/story.html ‘“Affluenza” Judge Gave 14-Year Old Black Boy 10 Years in Prison for a Far Lesser Crime’ ‘Race As A Social Construct: Resisting The "Pseudo-Science" Of Race’ http://minerva.stkate.edu/people.nsf/files/mina-82v8bu/%24file/inclusivescience.pdf “What We Mean When We Say 'Race Is a Social Construct'” http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/05/what-we-mean-when-we-say-race-is-a-social-construct/275872/ “'Racism' Of Early Colour Photography Explored In Art Exhibition: Artists Spent A Month In South Africa Taking Pictures On Decades-Old Film Engineered With Only White Faces In Mind” http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/jan/25/racism-colour-photography-exhibition “Texas Man Won’t Be Prosecuted For Killing Cop In No-Knock Raid” http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/texas-man-wont-prosecuted-killing-cop-knock-raid/ “[Texas Man Being Prosecuted For Capital Murder After] SWAT Officer Shot In The Face Breaking Into Window During No-Knock Raid” http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/killeen-texas-fatal-raid/ “Professors Love Answering Cold Emails from White Dudes, "Meh" on Everyone Else”:http://thehairpin.com/2014/04/professors-love-answering-cold-emails-from-white-dudes-meh-on-everyone-else “Why It’s So Hard For Men To See Misogyny”: http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2014/05/_yesallwomen_in_the_wake_of_elliot_rodger_why_it_s_so_hard_for_men_to_recognize.html “Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is” ‘So, the challenge: how to get across the ideas bound up in the word “privilege,” in a way that your average straight white man will get, without freaking out about it? ‘Being a white guy who likes women, here’s how I would do it…’ http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is/ “Girls and boys’ differing understanding of when to talk, when to be quiet, what is polite and so on, has a visible impact on the dynamics of the classroom. Just as men dominate the floor in business meetings, academic conferences and so on, so little boys dominate in the classroom - and little girls let them.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/voices/yourvoice/classroom_talk.shtml “NPR- Casting Call: Hollywood Needs More Women” “My theory is that since all anybody has seen, when they are growing up, is this big imbalance - that the movies that they've watched are about, let's say, 5 to 1, as far as female presence is concerned - that's what starts to look normal. And let's think about - in different segments of society, 17 percent of cardiac surgeons are women; 17 percent of tenured professors are women. It just goes on and on. And isn't that strange that that's also the percentage of women in crowd scenes in movies? What if we're actually training people to see that ratio as normal so that when you're an adult, you don't notice?” -Geena Davis http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=197390707 PBS “Language Myth # 6: Women Talk Too Much” “No, they don’t. Rather, they don’t in every situation. Social context and relative power determine who talks more, men or women. Janet Holmes sets the record straight and establishes the reasons for the lingering myth of female chattiness. (The research cited in this essay was first published in 1999.)” http://www.pbs.org/speak/speech/prejudice/women/ Continual Depictions of ONLY MALE Cardiac Arrest on Television colour what we expect ALL CARDIAC ARREST to look like: http://feministing.com/2012/02/23/for-women-heart-attacks-look-different-and-so-do-heart-health-outcomes/ Lewis’ Law: http://wilwheaton.tumblr.com/post/61622240642/birchbone-queensassyofthefatties-lewiss Audio of the Panel “Gender, Race, and Identities in Comics,” from the Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference at 2013’s Dragon Con, with Presenters Kari Storla and Daniel Amrhein: http://thehangedman.com/cpac-files/02GenderRaceAndIdentitiesInComics.mp3 Audio of the Panel “Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Cosplay and Fandom,” from the Comics and Popular Arts Academic Conference at 2013’s Dragon Con, with presenters John Flowers, Kari Storla, and Daniel Amrhein: http://thehangedman.com/cpac-files/05RaceGenderAndSexualityInCosplayAndFandom.m4a A Cartoon: http://seriouslyamerica.tumblr.com/post/86909058080/the-rugrats-dont-have-time-for-your “Queer Science: LGBT Scientists Discuss Coming Out at Work.”: http://bitchmagazine.org/post/queer-science-lgbt-scientists-discuss-coming-out-at-work A reminder to think intersectionally, as it is often forgotten that Black People Make Up Largest Share of LGBT Community: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/19/black-gays-lgbt-community_n_1989859.html “From Norma to Normalization”: http://www.patreon.com/creation?alert=2&hid=635526 David Hume and the Is-Ought Gap: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hume-moral/#io Cosmic Anthropology Broadcast System #2, “Roll Your Own Culture” “…on building your own reality map”: https://soundcloud.com/pir8m1k3y/roll-your-own-culture-a-chat-with-gordon-white-of-runesoupcom Thank you all for being here, and, as always, if you like what we're doing here, please: Tell Your Friends. 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