Luke “Sasha” Fleischman, 18, has a friendly smile and likes wearing a skirt. They (Sasha’s preferred gender pronouns are they, them, their, and it) were born biologically male, but identify as agender. On November 4, Sasha fell asleep riding the bus from their Berkeley, California, high school on the way to their home in Oakland. When Richard Thomas, 16, got on the bus, he lit their skirt on fire. When I heard about Sasha, I wanted to rush to their aid and protect them....more
I just read a link a high school friend posted on Facebook, which I shall not post here because I do not want to drive their traffic up. It's a story about a white kid getting beat up by three black kids on a bus, complete with video, which I skipped. The title was, "13-year-old White Boy Beaten: Where is President Obama?"...more
I am an American Sikh, however I wasn't going to write anything about the tragic shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin because I didn't think I had anything original or new to say. And I don't. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying anything that many of you have not already thought, and even put into words....more
How do we stop hate? Every day when I open the newspaper, listen to the news, or even on occasion overhear a conversation, there are varying degrees of dispute. Some are civil, but too many veer into unabashed hate. Often the people involved can't see that what they are doing is engaging in an act of hate for another person. Every time someone pokes fun at a gay person it isn't funny, it is engaging in an act that hurts, destroys, and sometimes causes the other to be unable to tolerate the barrage. ...more
So you've heard about the case in the news where this Indian student filmed his roommate with another man and threatened to broadcast it live. The roommate ended up jumping off a bridge. The kid who filmed him ended up getting like ten years in jail for a hate crime and invasion of privacy....more
On teaching:http://chronicle.com/blogs/brainstorm/dear-mr-kaplan-in-answer-to-your-question/30603 On family style dining:http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/snow-white-doesnt-live-here-anymore/201012/whats-the-definition-family-style-diningOn Hate:...more
Hatred creeps in on little steps, establishing itself like a cancer, a cell at a time. Inch after inch is surrendered until feet are gone, then yards, then more until, finally, the streets run red with blood. Every tolerated incursion becomes a foothold for hatred. Many small incursions had been taken in Germany in the early days of Hitler's despotic rule. These led to Kristallnacht. (The Night of Broken Glass). Seventy years ago, Kristallnacht occurred.