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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #75 on: April 13, 2022, 11:04:16 pm »
On the other hand, why don't we see people like this ever get the same amount of praise? (We all know why):
Chinese Singaporean speaks Tamil after being adopted by Indian parents:
https://youtu.be/q23MI7c1nP4


So when non-native "non Whites" speak the native language of other "non-Whites", it is not a big deal according to Eurocentrists, but when non-native "Whites" speak the native language of "non-Whites" it is. In short, it's ok to be "White", according to Eurocentrists.
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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #76 on: April 13, 2022, 11:20:24 pm »
Finally, when non-native "whites" (e.g. Melania) speak the native language of other "whites" badly and with a heavy accent, Eurocentrists find it sexy.

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #77 on: April 15, 2022, 10:21:38 pm »
https://www.thecut.com/2022/03/what-white-men-say-in-our-absence.html

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When I graduated from college, I moved to Taipei to teach ESL. One afternoon on the train, I overheard two white men discussing Asian women with an unfiltered openness achieved only under the guise of total privacy. They’d assumed no one around them could understand English.

The first man expressed his frustration about a recent date with a Taiwanese woman that didn’t result in sex. His friend gave him advice. “They use a code,” he said. “When I was living in Japan, I went out with this Japanese girl. The conversation sucked but at least she was nice to look at.” Though it wasn’t late, the girl kept saying how sleepy she was, he told his friend. “So I finally took her back to her place and well, she wasn’t sleepy, if you know what I mean.” The two men laughed. “See? They won’t actually tell you what they want.” The first man nodded seriously, his expression one of a child trying to memorize an important fact.

I wasn’t a stranger to white male “expats” preying on Asian women. At the English school where I taught, all my white male co-workers exclusively dated or were married to Taiwanese women.
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On sluthate.com, a white man fantasized about raping his half-Japanese teenage daughter, called “little geisha **** doll” and “little neo-colonialist jewel.” On another forum, a white man asked in all earnestness if he could still be a white nationalist and **** East Asian women. In the replies, men advertised us like an infomercial, touting our supposed pros over cons: “their pussies are really tight”; “their skin feels so nice”; “they open their legs easy.” Our supposed demeanor was touted as much as, if not more than, our supposed physical attributes: “you get sex when YOU want, not when SHE wants. They’re also happy to do all the housework, cooking, and other chores around the house. It’s so **** easy, man.”

A lengthy manifesto on a related blog declared that Asian women are destined “to be slaves to the White man.” It outlined 12 commandments Asian women must follow, including swearing to never let an Asian or Black man touch her. The final commandment reads: “If an asian woman becomes old, ugly, out of shape, disfigured, or diseased, then she should be divorced, abandoned, sold to someone else, or sent back to China or wherever she came from; and the White master can go back to Asia and pick out a new asian woman to replace her.”
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Beyond the unnerving content of all these websites was the unnerving realization that they were written by someone I could know. The person behind them was likely someone functioning in society. They likely came across Asian women in their day-to-day lives. And when they did, be it at work or on a dating app, I doubt they opened with, “Do you agree your evolutionary purpose is to be my slave?”

I wanted these men identified. I wanted their thoughts broadcasted above their heads. Because how can I move through the world knowing that the men who think these thoughts are real? They’re subway riders, salesmen, police officers, teachers, bosses, friends. They’re someone’s father. They’re someone’s husband. They’re someone’s lover.
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The post that disturbed me the most and threw me into a bad state for weeks was “List of WMAF Violent Crimes that Made the International News.”

The most gruesome images haunted me: women dismembered and melted in sixty liters of acid, women stabbed 76 times in the chest, women sliced up and boiled in a pot, women choked and tortured to death, women sawed into eight pieces and stored in a locker, women molested and photographed in disturbing positions after they’d been killed. One hundred and three pornographic DVDs were found at one murderer’s home; 51 featured Asian women.

I felt nauseous combing through each article, but I was possessed — even when I was physically trembling, I couldn’t stop. I felt I owed it to these women, that my discomfort was the least I could offer up to their suffering.

In 2017, Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, a 28-year-old Vietnamese mother of two, was murdered in Blackpool, England, by William McFall and Stephen Unwin. “Are we raping the chink?” McFall texted Unwin. How much was said in that line — about hate and desire and a racism so banal it’s inaccurate.

After luring her into Unwin’s home, they **** and tortured Nguyen for five hours. The two then wrapped her in a sheet, threw her body in her car, doused the car in gasoline and burned her alive. Leaving the scene, they took a smiling selfie together.
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Here was proof that believing “yellow **** is always ripe for being ****,” as one online user declared, leads to dissolving an Asian women in acid. I needed to document it, not because I needed proof, but because this truth — a truth many Asian women and femmes know to be true from a young age — had been so obliviated in society, I was constantly made to doubt my own reality.

In Minor Feelings, Cathy Park Hong questions why Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s brutal 1982 murder was severed from her ****, as though the two had no connection: “no one admits that Cha was also ****, an omission so stubborn I had to consult court records to confirm that she was also sexually assaulted.”

The erasure of the circumstances around Cha’s murder speaks to another kind of relentless, daily erasure. “The Asian American woman,” Anne A. Cheng writes, “has absorbed centuries of the most blatant racist and sexist projections, yet she hardly registers in the public consciousness as a minority, much less a figure who has suffered discrimination.”

All of this would be simpler if these murders were committed by masked strangers who chose their victims by happenstance. But here is a tricky truth: Most of the men who murdered these women were their romantic or sexual partners, among them several long-term marriages. A relationship, however flawed, existed before it ended, which raises the thorny question: Did hate live within love? Or did love live within hate? That the boundary separating them is so thin as to be transparent is what unsettles me. The oppressor’s desire for the oppressed is by no means new; it’s built into our country’s very existence. What we don’t talk about as often is how it works in the other direction.

At first my rage was uncomplicated because I assumed none of these women had the slightest inclination about their partners’ true feelings until it was simply too late. But that’s an easy way out of a hard truth. New questions obsessed me: What if I knew and chose to stay? What if I’d sensed clues but tried to ignore them or reason them away? Would a “preference” for Asian women seem not only unproblematic, but harmless, even desirable?

These questions obsessed me because they spoke to my own latent fears. When I was 17, a 22-year-old white man took me to his bedroom and produced a box of photos of his ex-girlfriends. He flipped through them while reciting their respective ethnicities: “Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese …”

I wish I could say I ran. I wish, like Chris in Get Out, I understood I was in a horror movie. When Chris sees Rose’s box full of exes, his face contorts in fear. If my expression were captured on film, it would have been dreamy, even wistful. I wanted my photo in that box. I wanted him to choose me.

As Jenny Zhang has written, “My only choices, I thought, were to be invisible and ugly or to be exoticized into worthiness.” Rather than turning away from someone’s fixation on my race, I grasped it the way a drowning person grasps a lifeline. This man told me in no unclear terms who he was, without me having to look up his online history or overhear him talking about me. But I didn’t run. Eyes wide open, I stayed.

And then you wonder why all the above stuff you described happens?

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #78 on: April 16, 2022, 10:25:02 pm »
You can read the article if you want, but I will just quote the headline:

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/people-sharing-things-seen-normal-214603861.html

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24 Things That I, A Dumb American, Am Fascinated To Learn Are Apparently Totally Normal In Europe

What is this self-deprecation by US Eurocentrists? I have seen this type of attitude a lot over the years. I am not against self-deprecation in general, but the "dumb Americans" self-label is only ever used relative to the Western colonial powers, never relative to any other countries. In that case I would rather it not be used at all. If Americans need to feel superior to anyone, it is to the Western colonial powers. In reality, however, it is the other way round: US Eurocentrists feel superior to everyone except the Western colonial powers (whom they behave deferentially towards and feel they have much to learn from!). I'm not saying Americans should feel like they have nothing to learn from the rest of the world, but why not learn from fellow colonized countries?

And "normal"? I think on top of Eurocentrism, we need to start using a new term to highlight this way of thinking: Euronormativity. You can be Eurocentric without being Euronormative if you recognize that your Eurocentrism is just your own preference, but Euronormatives are the ones who think Eurocentrism is normal and non-Eurocentrists are just "dumb".

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #79 on: April 17, 2022, 10:17:36 pm »
U.S. False Leftists just can't stop blabbering on about how Europe is so great compared to America. In this regard, they are actually similar to identitarians such as Richard Spencer (Gentile) who deride America for its supposed "McDonaldization" in contrast to the "cultured" Europe.

I initially was more vocal about bashing America and its "McDonaldization", but then when I found out that False Leftists and identitarians were doing it as well, but only in order to praise Europe, I stopped because I did not want to join in and strengthen their side.
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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #80 on: May 06, 2022, 08:15:47 pm »
The psychologically colonized Balinese Eurocentrists decide it is OK for tree-huggers to be "white":

https://www.yahoo.com/news/russian-tourist-posed-naked-700-222347835.html

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Indonesian officials announced on Friday that a Russian influencer and her husband will be deported from Bali after they staged a naked photoshoot on a sacred 700-year-old tree three years ago.

Alina Fazleeva, who has over 18,000 followers on Instagram, staged a **** photoshoot in 2019 at a weeping paperbark tree inside Babakan temple grounds in the Tabanan Regency. She uploaded the photos, taken by her husband Andrey Fazleev, and in the caption described hearing “her ancestors’ voices” when she hugged the tree, saying that she had become a “part of an endless chain.”

Fazleeva’s Instagram posts were recently discovered by and enraged local Hindu-Buddhist Balinese communities. Balinese entrepreneur Niluh Djelantik then reported the photos to local police, prompting an investigation into the incident. In Balinese Hindu culture, elements of nature, such as trees and mountains, are considered a sacred home for the gods.

Why didn't get get the Otto Warmbier treatment?

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #81 on: May 25, 2022, 08:36:59 pm »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/im-first-ever-asian-american-141631140.html

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I’m Sports Illustrated’s first Asian American plus size cover model. After years of self-doubt, I want to change the industry’s narrative around race and body diversity.
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This is an as-told-to essay based on a conversation with Yumi Nu, a 25-year-old model, artist, and singer-songwriter. It has been edited for length and clarity.
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I'm half-Japanese and half-white. Growing up, it wasn't really cool to be anything other than white. I wish we weren't so influenced by media, culture, and society, but we do, especially when we're young. We look to it to tell us what's important and what we should think, look, and be like.

So I just wanted to fit in with white people. I didn't have—or wanted—any connections to my Asian side, because there was this shame that it made me different, and it was the thing that separated me from popular kids at school and what I thought I needed to be beautiful. It was the same thing with being plus size.

No, it's not the same thing. On the contrary, if you were more proud of your Japanese ancestry, you would be more ashamed of being plus-size:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2016/09/21/issues/body-image-foreign-female-japan-survey-shows-frustration-one-size-fits-thinking/

Continuing:

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Culturally, Asian people don't want to glorify being bigger, and that leaked into the American perception of how they want to represent Asian people.

Wait, so if Japanese - I refuse to use the term "Asian" - people don't want to glorify being bigger, and American media represents Japanese people as thin (ie. how Japanese people want themselves represented), then what's the problem?

The problem is your Eurocentrism: you want to be celebrated for being plus-size because you sees "whites" already celebrated for being plus-size, therefore if you too are celebrated for being plus-size, you can feel closer to being "white" which is what you actually want to be, as you yourself admitted in the part in bold.

This is Counterculture-era Japanese coolness:



https://trueleft.createaforum.com/human-evolution/aryan-bones/

This is a present-day False Left useful idiot:



https://trueleft.createaforum.com/mythical-world/gentilism/msg2646/#msg2646

Again, recall:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-false-left/jews-have-nothing-in-common-with-us!/msg13049/#msg13049

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #82 on: May 27, 2022, 08:25:52 pm »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/asian-american-woman-dating-app-130005460.html

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Over the years of being on dating apps, I’ve built up a personal list of automatic left-swipes: multiple gym mirror selfies, pro-hunting content (when I lived in Texas), pro-NFT content (now that I’m in New York), and the ubiquitous, unremarkable fish pic.

So far so good.

(See also:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/mythical-world/gentilism/msg7180/#msg7180

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/mythical-world/gentilism/msg9281/#msg9281

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/mythical-world/gentilism/msg11507/#msg11507 )

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But the red flag that gives me the most pause isn’t one I can joke about over brunch.

There’s one thing I see over and over that fills me with an instinctual anxiety — a white man with pictures from his time in Japan.

Good instinct, but who is stopping you from joking about it?

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Having grown up mixed race in the Midwest, I’m used to the questions that stem from some level of curiosity about my background — What are you? Where are you from? No, where are you really from? And while comments like those might annoy me, they aren’t the ones that make me nervous.

The white men who feel the most threatening are the ones who enthusiastically tell me how much they love Asian culture, who ask if I’m hafu, who call me “exotic” as if there’s no higher form of praise.

Good. (But you should still voluntarily refrain from reproducing, just to be on the safe side.)

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And while I don’t enjoy the openly gross behavior I encounter in my life — from the catcalls to being grabbed on the train — that’s less insidious than this masked fetishization that hides behind reverence. Where I’m always one right swipe away from finding the wrong person.

You could easily choose to cut this all out of your life if you wanted to.

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I wish all the time that I no longer felt optimism, that I could bury myself in my instincts of self-preservation and simply stop dating for the rest of my life, that I could avoid these apps entirely.

But on the days that seem safe enough, I find that I am still pulled to put myself out there. Because the truth is that I do want a partner, and despite my best efforts, I do still feel hope.

Why does the partner have to be "white"?


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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #83 on: May 30, 2022, 08:56:07 pm »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/black-women-pressure-face-certain-134518756.html

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I remember looking at my body in the mirror and feeling a strong disdain for my lack of curves for the first time. My straight hips and lack of a derrière felt inadequate. And I started to wonder if my lack of back would keep the boys away.

If they like high sexual dimorphism, they are genetic trash anyway and thus not worth your time.

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Ore says the root of the body pressure we feel is modern eurocentric beauty standards that have been thrust onto us. “The problem is the people who have made some of these body types popular aren’t Black women,” she says. “And these non-Black women have used black features and exaggerated them drastically and have suddenly made this unrealistic body type the norm.”

She continues, saying that “while they borrow and steal from Black culture and features, they’re also ironically influencing Black women who don’t look this way. It’s a very vicious and interesting cycle to watch. All of a sudden you have all these women trying to look like caricatures of Black women — including Black women.”

It’s an eloquent description of how deep this issue goes. Living up to a fantasy, a fetishized version of who you are, created by someone who is not you nor looks like you, is an impossible, emotionally crippling task.
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“We’re trying to fit ourselves into a box that never was meant for us,” she continues. “Even historically and even still is not.”
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“We’ve co-opted the problem, and we’re trying to become what we think other beautiful Black women effortlessly look like,” Dr. Ebony says. “But, we don’t understand that this is all trying to follow a trend of what eurocentric beauty standards are.”

Indeed:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/human-evolution/re-sexual-dimorphism-preferences/msg13173/#msg13173

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Czech women with higher perceived femininity were actually perceived as more dominant, while in Cameroonian women the association between perceived femininity and dominance was weakly negative.


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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #84 on: June 10, 2022, 07:02:01 am »
This Jew is becoming extremely annoying (yes, he is a Jew. Unsurprising considering we know Jews are known for their language learning abilities):
https://youtu.be/pMKsed-y744

Instead of doing their duty as anti colonialists and removing his reproductive potential, they do this instead..


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« Reply #85 on: June 10, 2022, 02:27:28 pm »
Plus they make money from the YouTube videos of this phenomenon! There are countless similar videos where "whites" (including Jews) receive favours from the Eurocentrist "non-whites" just for speaking the local language, and then the video also get a lot of views! (I never click on them myself.)

It goes without saying that it does not happen the other way round. In other words, the hierarchy ingrained during the colonial era is still in place.
 
Previously:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/psychological-decolonization/msg199/#msg199

Now:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/07/doll-test-history-racial-segregation-toy-diversity/638442/

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In 1897, the father of American child psychology, G. Stanley Hall, published his influential A Study of Dolls with Alexander Caswell Ellis. They found that white dolls with “fair hair and blue eyes are the favorites.”
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Starting in 1940, the Clarks surveyed 253 Black children ranging in age from 3 to 7. Their goal was to determine whether the children had a concept of racial difference, and if so, whether they expressed racial preference. A little more than half of the children attended segregated nursery schools and public elementary schools in Arkansas, while the rest went to integrated schools in Massachusetts. Each child was shown two dolls with yellow hair and white skin, and two with black hair and dark-brown skin. “Give me the doll you like to play with,” the Clarks instructed the children. Most of the children gave them a white doll. When they prompted the children to “give me the doll that is a nice doll” or “the doll that is a nice color,” most of the children again gave them a white doll. As Kenneth Clark later wrote, the doll study showed “that at an early age Negro children are affected by the prejudices, discrimination, and segregation to which the larger society subjected them.”
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Mattel released its first explicitly Black Barbie in 1968, and Remco’s line of Black dolls appeared that same year. These dolls, though, were mostly marketed to Black children.

Not until the 1980s were nonwhite characters marketed to a wide audience, and then only gradually.
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The toy market was coming closer to reflecting America’s diversity. But had children’s attitudes shifted since the Clarks’ era? In 2010, CNN commissioned the child psychologist Margaret Beale Spencer to design an updated version of the doll test. Her team interviewed 133 kids, ages 4, 5, 9, or 10, hailing from both majority-white and majority-Black schools in the New York City and Atlanta areas.

The Clarks had not studied white children, but Spencer did. She found that they displayed a high rate of “white bias,” identifying lighter skin tones with positive attributes and darker hues with negative ones. As the Clarks had found 70 years earlier, Black children, too, displayed some white bias—but far less than their white peers.

Eurocentrism is not going to be ended merely by offering a wider selection of dolls.

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Re: Reproductive decolonization
« Reply #86 on: June 19, 2022, 04:23:25 pm »
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When in doubt, use the 16 Words: 'We must Engineer the Destruction of Western Civilization and Tribalism, and Unite All Races Through Nobility.'

Aryan ≠ 'White'.

History is Written by the Victors.

He Who Controls the Past Controls the Future; He Who Controls the Present Controls the Past.

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #87 on: June 19, 2022, 11:16:18 pm »
This is a textbook case of Eurocentrism. 9:10 leaves nothing in doubt. Note also how the narrator goes out of the way to make up excuses for her own bullies at several points in the video.

To quickly debunk her excuse about 4th graders being prone to laugh at any music "unfamiliar" to them, imagine if child of French immigrants to China brought a CD of songs with French lyrics to an equivalent school activity. Do you think the Chinese 4th graders would laugh at the music? We all know the answer. This asymmetry is what we mean by Eurocentrism.

There is no hope for this one. Let's just use her as an example of how not to be American.

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #88 on: June 20, 2022, 01:50:15 am »
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To quickly debunk her excuse about 4th graders being prone to laugh at any music "unfamiliar" to them, imagine if child of French immigrants to China brought a CD of songs with French lyrics to an equivalent school activity.

When I was a child growing up in England, after having immigrated from Germany, I used to organize pretend battles between pirates and the British forces on the Western schoolyard playground I was forced to attend. These simulated battles would often end up including all the children on the playground. They were huge. Once the narrative was dictated these mock battles would take on a life of their own. Later in life, I ended up on a forum speaking my thoughts against colonialism on forums such as this one. Blood memory?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5GFbKu1p_o

As a child I was also eventually forced to immigrate to the U.S., where I ended up finding my National Socialist roots and speaking out against barbarians and subhumans. Coincidence?:

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Members measure time of day according to a clock 5 minutes out of sync with normal time, the latter is called "barbarian time."

One legend is that the numbers in the society's emblem ("322") represent "founded in '32, 2nd corps", referring to a first Corps in an unknown German university. 
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Like other Yale senior societies, Skull and Bones membership was almost exclusively limited to white Protestant males for much of its history. While Yale itself had exclusionary policies directed at particular ethnic and religious groups, the senior societies were even more exclusionary.[19][20] While some Catholics were able to join such groups, Jews were more often not.[20] Some of these excluded groups eventually entered Skull and Bones by means of sports, through the society's practice of tapping standout athletes. Star football players tapped for Skull and Bones included the first Jewish player (Al Hessberg, class of 1938) and African-American player (Levi Jackson, class of 1950, who turned down the invitation for the Berzelius Society).[19]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skull_and_Bones


Too bad this idiot:


Never took his oath to Skull and Bones seriously:
George Bush Sr. hailed as a ‘great friend of Israel and the Jewish people’
https://www.timesofisrael.com/george-bush-sr-hailed-as-a-great-friend-of-israel-and-the-jewish-people/
Foibles and all, Bush was a friend to Israel, Jewish community
https://njjewishnews.timesofisrael.com/foibles-and-all-bush-was-a-friend-to-israel-jewish-community/
Bush's Jews for Jesus Speaking Gig Troubles his Pro-Israel Friends
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/11/george-w-bushs-jews-jesus-speaking-gig-disappoints-his-pro-israel-friends/355142/







Nicely done idiots!

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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #89 on: July 18, 2022, 08:55:12 pm »
No matter how bad I imagine Eurocentrism being, the reality is even worse than my most pessimistic estimates:

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/01902725221090900

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We find that as dogs’ names are increasingly perceived as White, people adopt them faster.
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Research has pointed to consistent results when it comes to the effects of racialized names. Whether the outcome is in the realm of hiring, housing, or a range of other areas that affect well-being and daily life, those with White-sounding names have an advantage over those with non-White-sounding names—including, but not limited to, those with Black- and Hispanic-sounding names
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While we know that racialized names affect humans’ outcomes, what happens when these racialized names are not tied to humans? Do the premiums that are typically associated with White names, and the penalties that are typically associated with Black and Hispanic names, continue to persist despite the names being attached to nonhuman entities? This study tests the effects of racialized names in a novel context: dog adoptions. Dogs, by definition, exist outside the human racial hierarchy—the unequal distribution of social resources and treatment that advantages Whites and disadvantages populations of color, particularly Blacks, darker-skinned Hispanics and Asians, and Native populations (Bonilla-Silva 2004). In short, dogs are not humans, so it follows that racialized names may not influence the adoption process.
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Results
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When 0 percent of the public perceives a dog’s name as White, that dog is expected to spend about 7.6 days in the shelter. Across the range of perceived Whiteness, however, time to adoption declines substantially. When 90 percent of the public perceives a dog’s name as White, that dog is expected to spend only about 6 days in the shelter (p < .05). Overall, then, perceptions of Whiteness emerge as a factor that encourages adoption among shelter dogs. When a dog’s name is perceived as White, adopters choose that dog more quickly than when a dog’s name is not perceived as White. This pattern emerges net of breed, personality, and other characteristics, suggesting that Whiteness is a salient (if unconscious) factor in dog adoption.
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When 0 percent of the public perceives a dog’s name as Black, that dog is expected to spend about 6.3 days in the shelter. Conversely, when 90 percent of the public perceives a dog’s name as Black, that dog is expected to remain in the shelter for 8.1 days—a difference of about 2 days.
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The patterns for Hispanic names, in the third panel, are muted by comparison. We observe only about a half-day difference in time to adoption between the least-Hispanic names and the most-Hispanic names
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When 0 percent of the public perceives a dog’s name as nonhuman, that dog is expected to spend 6.4 days at the shelter. In contrast, when 90 percent of the public perceives a dog’s name as nonhuman, that dog is expected to spend about 8 days at the shelter—a difference of slightly more than 1.5 days (p < .05).

Taken together, the results in Figure 1 demonstrate that names matter when it comes to the adoption of shelter dogs. Only White names carry a premium, in the sense that people adopt dogs with consensually White names significantly faster than their counterparts with less-White names. All other names, including Black names, Hispanic names, and especially nonhuman names, have either null or negative effects on dogs’ adoption outcomes.
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Taken together, these findings illustrate the durability of racialized names and their power to shape people’s behavior even when they are not tied to humans. Biases in favor of Whiteness and White people are so pervasive that they bleed into unrelated decision-making, ultimately affecting the way people interact with and evaluate pets as potential family members. One could potentially argue: What’s the big deal? Dogs with Black, Hispanic, and nonhuman names are adopted eventually, so what is the practical significance of these dogs being adopted slower than their counterparts with consensually White names? Although it might be tempting to make this argument, the fact that people use racialized names to make any distinctions among shelter dogs powerfully reinforces the patterns of racial discrimination and prejudice that continue to privilege Whites ahead of other groups in American society. Given the volume of research on racial discrimination in this country, including research into forms of discrimination that matter profoundly for Black lives (e.g., patterns related to policing, mass incarceration), it is perhaps not surprising that people carry these prejudices with them when they visit a dog shelter. What is more surprising, however, is the way these prejudices manifest to affect their interactions with animals—similar to Rosnow’s (1972:53) description of prejudice as “any unreasonable attitude that is unusually resistant to rational influence.”11 Bias on the basis of racialized names is part of an unreasonable attitude structure regardless of whether it emerges in the context of hiring discrimination or a dog shelter. But when we see evidence of racial prejudices in unlikely settings, the pervasiveness of racism is laid particularly bare.
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As a final thought, we consider a question that many shelter personnel might have as a result of this study. If White-sounding names have the potential to accelerate adoption (especially among pit bulls), should we just give all the dogs White-sounding names? Given our results, this might seem like a “quick fix” that allows shelters to guard against any latent prejudices that clients bring with them onto the adoption floor. But in the long run, this would do nothing to combat the beliefs that allow these inequalities to persist, both in the context of the dog shelter and in the wider world. We therefore advise against this practice because this would be akin to leaning into bias. We cannot alter our behavior as a society to accommodate those with racist inclinations, even when those inclinations manifest in unlikely places.

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