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Peggy McIntosh, author of "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"
Peggy McIntosh, author of "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"
From Peggy McIntosh's article available in full link. The rest of this article will be directly quoted from that. I posted the whole link as well, but for the tl;dr crowd, this is the meat and potatoes of it.

My schooling gave me no training in seeing myself as an oppressor, as an unfairly advantaged person, or as a participant in a damaged culture. I was taught to see myself as an individual whose moral state depended on her individual moral will. My schooling followed the pattern my colleague Elizabeth Minnich has pointed out: whites are taught to think of their lives as morally neutral, normative,...
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So being as math is the bane of my existence right now and I've finally snapped and nothing is left of my motivation in regards to math but a manifestation of pure rage and anger I am going to rant more about how much I hate math. I have grown to hate it so much that I am now putting effort and energy into my hatred of it. So I will now continue my venting and raging about why students shouldn't have to suffer like so.That said parts of this are going to be taken from my comment over on my 'is math necessary' poll.

So being as bitter about math as I've grown to be, I've done quite a bit of research...
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I've been disheartened to hear rhetoric and see actions in the media lately that show me just how appallingly sexist our so-called "modern" and progressive society still is.

Yes, I'm calling sexism on this one, and no, that's not a word I wave around carelessly.

I'm calling sexism because a number of women's issues have come up in the public forum lately, and no one seems to care A) what women think about that or B) perspectives on issues that aren't fifty years old. I recently posted link which details exactly how offensive these conversations are.

Women On The Front Lines

Let's look at the most...
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posted by pandawinx
Pro-life quotes.

“Ive noticed that everyone who is for abortion is already born.” – Ronald Reagan


"There are two victims in every abortion: a dead baby and a dead conscience." - Mother Teresa

"We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, killings, of wars, or of hatred...If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other?" - Mother Teresa

"...is it surprising that today we have become so morally blind (for wickedness blinds) that we save the baby whales at great cost, and murder millions of unborn children?" - Alice von Hildebrand

"Count yourself lucky your...
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You may be asking yourself right now, how can Evolution be a religion? Or Creation a science? Such small questions, with huge answers.

First, you must understand me. I believe where the facts lie, that the truth is with that. Facts come first, then faith. (Yes, you need faith for both!)

Now mind you, sometimes facts are wrong. Facts used to say that the world was flat. But that fact was proven wrong.

Back to the questions. Evolution and Creation.
Misunderstandings on both sides have let many frustrated with arguments and conflicts. If we first get an understanding of where the other is coming...
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Let us debate!
Let us debate!
Should projects involving eminent domain require citizen approval?

No, projects involving eminent domain should NOT require citizen approval.

Let me first state that eminent domain is not a nice rule. I understand that people would want a say in that.

However, that law is there to do things for the public good. People hardly think about the public good when it is about their own property.

Allowing some form of citizen approval would slow down the governments plans, which cost money that the citizens pay. A government should be able to work as efficient as possible with the laws that are in place.



Read our first round link
Child recites from the Koran
Child recites from the Koran
First of all, let me preface this article by saying that I am far from an expert on Islam. The only thing that qualifies me to write this article is a handful of research and experience with Muslims. I feel that maybe a Muslim would be better equipped to tackle this issue, however it is so important to me that the Western World understand the difference between Islam and Radical Islam that I felt compelled to write this article.

In this article, I will clarify that normal Islam is as peaceful as any other mainstream religion, like Judaism and Christianity. However, that does not mean that radical...
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Just kidding. Below are a few questions I’ve attempted to answer about the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). This isn’t formal research, just a few points that I believe need to be brought to attention.

What is this ‘Westboro Baptist Church’ you speak of?
The fine folks at Wikipedia have summarized that in far fewer words than I ever could have, so if you are unfamiliar with the WBC, I would suggest reading the first paragraph link.

How does a church from Kansas have enough money to send members to protest all over the US?
Since the WBC classifies itself as a church, they are not required...
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1.I'd really rather you didn't act like a sanctimonious holier-than-thou ass when describing my noodly goodness. If some people don't believe in me, that's okay. Really, I'm not that vain. Besides, this isn't about them so don't change the subject.

2.I'd really rather you didn't use my existence as a means to oppress, subjugate, punish, eviscerate, and/or, you know, be mean to others. I don't require sacrifices, and purity is for drinking water, not people.

3.I'd really rather you didn't judge people for the way they look, or how they dress, or the way they talk, or, well, just play nice, Okay?...
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On and off for the past several years, I've been working on a bunch of articles here on Fanpop: interviews (so many interviews....), comic articles, reviews, and various "What is..." explanatory articles. One of the ones on the back burner has been the "What is Debate?" article, and since I haven't finished that, I have to summarize some basic points about debate:

1) Debate is all about using arguments to support a position, thesis or statement.
2) Debate requires opposition: at least two sides arguing the truth or fallacy of the thesis.
3) Debate requires an audience to judge the effectiveness...
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ok, obviously that's not gerado, but still.
ok, obviously that's not gerado, but still.
WARNING- THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SOME INFO WHICH SOME MAY FIND DISTURBING OR UPSETING.
85 percent of the time, I like to think the world's a wonderful place. we have tecnology and nature all rolled into one delicious sushi-package, we all have different place to visit and new things to learn. most of the time, the world's a very pleasent, innocent place to be. But 15 percent of the time, horrible things happen. people crash planes into buildings, tecnology is faulty, nature is being destroyed and the odd teenager sometimes drops a baby bomb on her parents and boyfriend. but only very ocassionally...
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posted by Chandlerfan
I thought I'd write about this topic because I feel strongly about it. I myself am against it, so if you don't agree, that's fine, it's just my opinion. Whether you agree/disagree is upto you. Be sure to let me know what you think afterwards.

I've known many people who say they are for or against capital punishment decide so quickly you'd think I asked them if they were a boy or girl. A minority of these people answer so quickly because they actually know the facts and therefore know where they stand. The remainder, however, don't have a clue. They either give an answer that seems the most logically...
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I'd like to start by saying that this is just my personal opinion as to what a SJW is. I've come to notice that I have used SJW quite a bit on this spot and a few people don't know exactly what I mean by that. So I kind of thought it'd be useful to make this article explaining exactly what I mean when I use the term social justice warrior.
Before anything else; I intend no offense to anyone at all with this article. I don't hate social justice (not by any means), I think social justice is awesome. What I don't like is what some people turned the movement into.

First and foremost when I use SJW...
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We conceive of racism as a set of institutional conditions of group inequality and an ideology of racial domination, in which the latter is characterized by a set of beliefs holding that the subordinate racial group is biologically or culturally inferior to the dominant racial group. These beliefs, in turn, are deployed to prescribe and legitimize society's discriminatory treatment of the subordinate group and to justify their lower status. link

The common definition of racism, and the one used by people who believe in reverse racism, is just "the belief that one race of people is better than...
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posted by bri-marie
Why would it be awkward?
Gods created us in their image. They created us to think, behave, and look (to a certain degree) like them. It makes no sense for them to purposefully make us like them, and then give us orders not to be like them.

There can not be more than one God.
Except that there can, and there is.

I'm going to establish now God's existence.
Oookay. I'm not sure why, since no one was denying the existence of anything. But I guess this gives me a chance to play devils advocate, so I'll play.

(I know thissection was aimed more at whiteflame, but I have something to say)a God would not...
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Okay, okay I admit so far communism doesn’t seem to have worked too well, what with Stalin with his work camps and his unrealistic 5 years plans or Mao with controversial philosophy and catastrophically cultural revolution. However firstly I’d like to argue that the models cited above don’t actually correspond to Marxism in its purest sense, at all. Mao’s theory, in fact has little or nothing to do with Marxism. Mao’s conviction is more about the population’s ability as a whole to achieve anything through hard work and determination has nothing to do with the conventions of communism,...
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posted by x-Kissez-x
Okay, if you're a devout Catholic, and are determined to stay that way, look away now. I am an atheist. I believe nothing. But if I were to be anything, I would be a protestant. I say this because from where I am standing, the Roman Catholic church is a con. A way of making money and an attempt to take over the world. If you think about it, Catholics see it as though there are two types of people between them and "God" if that's is the correct term. Firstly, there are Preists. Is it right to think that because you have read the bible and you wear a robe, that you are closer to "God", and above...
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posted by Cinders
Yes, I broke the original link, but that has since been link. Because no one knows how to cite and circumvent obscure made-up internet rules like I do.

And maybe this title got your attention.

Hi, I'm Cinders. Maybe We Haven't Met.

First of all, allow me to introduce myself. I'm an old-hat Fanpopper who joined this site at the tender age of nineteen. I was an open-minded college student at the time, looking for a place to geek out about things I love. One thing I loved was debate and discourse. I loved hearing multiple sides and perspectives to arguments, because I know there's always a side I...
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An add mocking "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week" at Georg Mason University, 2007
An add mocking "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week" at Georg Mason University, 2007
I found myself typing a long reply to one of MajorDork74's comments on his link. If you're too lazy to click on the link, the image is a bumper sticker which says "If it's OK to call Bush Hitler, then I say it's OK to call Obama Muslim."

And the general response was, "Call him whatever you want, but this statement doesn't make sense... how is being a Muslim as bad an insult as being called Hitler? I'm sure you can think of worse and more accurate things to call Obama."

The Major returned with, and I quote: "Obama does a lot of things that people do not know about. How do you know he does not...
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There's been a lot of debate in this spot on the general idea of progressive "softies" who need "safe spaces" to avoid being "triggered."

The talk of these kinds of people generally devolves into hyperbolized stereotypes of wimpy college students using it as an excuse not to do their homework, for example. Acronyms like "SJWs" get thrown around, and people express their frustration about feeling like they're walking on egg shells, or censored, or having to cater to other people's over-sensitivity in order to avoid being accused of an "ism" of some sort or another. People feel like they're being...
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