I previously posted a reference to campus gun policies in relation to relative deviance and sex. Relative deviance is when behavior is defined as deviant in a cultural context. Restated, how we define deviance is dependent upon both when/time and where/culture. With the recent school shooting in Florida, activists are mobilizing around changing gun laws. Various sources are making cultural comparisons to point to the duality of Americans’ views on guns.
Transgender people’s rights:
image from Feminist News
Sanitary and sexual products, in an ad campaign from EVOLVE:
images from Upworthy
image from Feminist News
Humanitarian crisis around disease:
video from Sunday with Lubach, a comedy news parody television show in the Netherlands.
image from Cagle by cartoonist Jeff Parker for Florida Today and Fort Myers News-Press
And with campus issues specifically, such as lab safety:
image from MadBiologist on reddit
Last week there has been a twitter argument centered around Assata Shakur, a black feminist who was convicted of the murder of a state trooper, escaped prison, and now has political asylum in Cuba. The Women’s March tweeted a happy birthday message to Assata on July 16th.
Jake Tapper, generally liked by the moderate left, responded to the tweet.
Assata Shakur is a bit of a flash point for the “alt-right.” This tweet was seen as legitimizing arguments of white supremacists. The Women’s March responded with a series of 20 tweets explaining who Assata is and why they support her. COINTELPRO, or the counter intelligence program of the FBI, became a talking point and some other journalists entered the discussion.
The Politically Reactive podcast with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu was in an interesting situation. On July 13th they aired an interview with Linda Sarsour, the most well known of the Women’s March organizers, and the following week were scheduled to air an interview with Jake Tapper. The podcasters reached out to both after the twitter argument but did not hear back. They thought it would be inappropriate to simply air the second interview and instead made an episode “Hold Up, Wait a Minute: Twitter Feuds & Threat Models” featuring Prof. Jessie Daniels of Hunter College and CUNY College and cyber security expert Nicholas Weaver.
Not something we hear much about, but strong parallels with the US’s incarceration of young men of color.
The Sentencing Project is a non profit organization that collects data about prisoners and suggests policy reforms. The 2016 Trends in US Corrections data sheet has been released and can be found here.
Information includes prison population, rates of international incarceration, state expenditures, population by offense, population for drug offenses, and female, racial, and youth population in prisons.
In this clip from Full Frontal, Samantha Bee reports on the technical problems with field drug test kits and, like all aspects of the criminal justice system, the different ramifications for people of color.