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The Ethics of Identity by Kwame Anthony Appiah Race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality: in the past couple of decades, a great deal of attention has been paid to such collective identities. They clamor for recognition and respect, sometimes at the expense of other things we value. But to what extent do "identities" constrain our freedom, our ability to make an individual life, and to what extent do they enable our individuality? In this beautifully written work, renowned philosopher and African Studies scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah draws on thinkers through the ages and across the globe to explore such questions. The Ethics of Identity takes seriously both the claims of individuality--the task of making a life---and the claims of identity, these large and often abstract social categories through which we define ourselves. What sort of life one should lead is a subject that has preoccupied moral and political thinkers from Aristotle to Mill. Here, Appiah develops an account of ethics, in just this venerable sense--but an account that connects moral obligations with collective allegiances, our individuality with our identities. As he observes, the question who we are has always been linked to the question what we are. Adopting a broadly interdisciplinary perspective, Appiah takes aim at the clichés and received ideas amid which talk of identity so often founders. Is "culture" a good? For that matter, does the concept of culture really explain anything? Is diversity of value in itself? Are moral obligations the only kind there are? Has the rhetoric of "human rights" been overstretched? In the end, Appiah's arguments make it harder to think of the world as divided between the West and the Rest; between locals and cosmopolitans; between Us and Them. The result is a new vision of liberal humanism--one that can accommodate the vagaries and variety that make us human.

American Justice: Raised on Hate -- The story of Chevie O'Brien Kehoe, who was taught to be a white supremacist by his father and then went on a crime and murder spree. Includes interviews with Chevie's mother and brother, who testified against him in court. The Trial of the Police Officers in the Shooting Death of Amadou Diallo: A Headline Court Case

Crimes of Hate: Selected Readings by Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld, Diana R. Grant

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Hate Groups include Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi, Skinhead, Christian Identity, Black Separatists, and others. Crimes motivated by bigotry usually arise not out of the pathological rantings and ravings of a few deviant types in organized hate groups, but out of the very mainstream of society. Jack Levin and Jack McDevitt, Hate Crimes. The Rising Tide of Bigotry and Bloodshed

Civil authority did not regulate personal morality in the early Middle Ages. The early Middle Ages, accepted many beliefs and lifestyles. In many areas of Europe Catholics coexisted peacefully with Arians, Donatists, or Manicheans. Outside of Spain, Jews and gays and often rose to positions of prominence and power until the High Middle Ages. Civil laws regulating sexuality or marriage were rare, limited, and weakly enforced. Assault on Gay America

Tuesday June 24, 2005, in Philadelphia, Mississippi  Killen was found guilty on three counts of manslaughter exactly forty-one years after three civil rights workers were killed by Edgar Ray Killen a Klansman.

Section 242 of Title 18 -- Under "color of law" it is a crime for a person acting to willfully deprive any person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws. Title 18 makes it unlawful to willfully injure, intimidate or interfere with any person, by force or threat, because of race, color, religion, or national origin, or deprive admission to a public school or college; benefits, services, privileges, programs, facilities, activites administered by government, employment, labor organizations, hiring halls; employment agency, jury duty, interstate commerce facility, common carriers, public accommodations, exhibitions, entertainment, hotels, motels, restaurants, lunchrooms, bars, gas stations, theaters, concert halls, sports arenas or stadiums. Prohibits interference, by force or threat of a person participating without discrimination to race, color, religion, or national origin. The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to the death penalty. Police officers, prison guards, and other government officials who abuse the rights of individual Americans are recognized in federal law as a threat to society. That's why, Title 18 USC 242 -- a statute making it a crime to deprive any person of their rights "under color of law."

Kari Sable's recommendations of movies on cultural diversity and discrimination.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the primary federal agency responsible for investigating allegations regarding violations of applicable federal civil rights laws. These laws are designed to protect the civil rights of all citizens and persons within United States territory. The mission of the FBI's Civil Rights Program is to enforce federal civil rights statutes and to ensure that the protected civil rights of all inhabitants are not abridged.

Highlights of the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action 2002-2003 Term

Active US Hate Groups

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civilrights.org is for relevant and up-to-the minute civil rights news and information.

The Voices of Civil Rights: America's struggle to fulfill the promise of equality for all.

Key data from the Justice Department and federal courts show government enforcement of civil rights cases declined sharply during the Bush years -- an extremely rare event under all recent presidents.

Study Shows flaws in Justice Department tracking of Civil Rights Enforcement

Tolerance.org is for people interested in communities that value diversity.

The FBI has been investigating hate crimes like murder, arson, vandalism, and bias in connection with the Ku Klux Klan since the early 1920.

Fred Korematsu challenged the forced internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Korematsu lost his landmark Supreme Court case in 1944. Of Civil Wrongs And Rights is the 40-year legal fight to vindicate Korematsu — that finally turned into a civil rights victory.

Experts offer theories on the roots of ethnic conflicts -- Emotions linked with negative group identity, cause ethnic violence. In New Guinea wars break out because pigs belonging to one group stray into the garden of another. In cases where the offended group did not pursue war against its neighbors, members fought amongst themselves, over the level of 'moral violation' they felt had been caused by the errant pigs.

No evidence that economic downturns spur hate crimes -- The reason people fear and dislike one another can’t simply be reduced to economic frustration.' Cotton prices triggered increases in lynching from 1882 - 1930. Lynching declined significantly during the Great Depression. Neighborhood influxes of ethnically diverse people spur bigoted violence. Economics only relates to hate crime when political leaders convince the public specific groups are to blame, such as the Nazi regime and violence against ethnic Chinese in Indonesia.

From the 1930s to the rise of the Civil Rights - the formal, heavily-accented Jewish European scholars and young, Southern Black students enriched each other's lives in ways still being felt today.

Watchman Fellowship -- An independent Christian research and apologetics ministry focusing on new religious movements, cults, the occult, and New Age.

Greg Withrow, once a white supremacist struggles with a legacy of hatred.

American Gypsy: A Stranger in Everybody's Land -- There are one million Gypsies in America, and most people don't know anything about them. Jimmy Marks defies a code of secrecy-to unlock a Romani world in America and tell a story of the community's continuing persecution.

Who's a Racist? -- Washington declares Zionism and compensation for slavery off limits for a UN racism conference. US is being a little too defensive.

Racism Conference on the Rocks -- An event that depends on consensus may be beyond rescue in light of the showdown over Israel. Time

Extremist Symbols, Logos and Tattoos -- The descriptions here point out significant multiple meanings but may not be able to relay every single possible meaning of a particular symbol. For this reason, all of the symbols depicted here must be evaluated in the context in which they are used. Anti-Defamation League

The Third Date -- "My husband and I have been married for 31 years. I am of the Protestant religion and he is a Jew."

Witness is a human rights program that inspires those who see - to act.

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Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, ATrial, and Hate Crime in America -- On July 4, 2000, three young Asian American men visiting the small town of Ocean Shores, Washington, were attacked by skinheads in the parking lot of a Texaco station. Threats and slurs gave way to violence and, ultimately, a fatal stabbing. In the ensuing murder trial, a harsh lesson on what it really means to be an American unfolded, exposing the ldistrust between minorities and whites in rural America revealing the dirty little secret that haunts many small towns: hate crime.


American Justice: Native-American activist Leonard Peltier, is serving consecutive life sentences for the murder of two FBI agents in 1975 at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near Oglala, South Dakota. Peltier's supporters say he's innocent and was railroaded by an FBI that was desperate to put someone behind bars for the murder of its agents.

Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer: A Story of Survival Allison Hedge Coke’s narrative account of her life as a mixed-blood woman coming of age off-reservation, yet deeply immersed in her Cherokee and Huron heritage. Hedge Coke describes her schizophrenic mother and the abuse of her childhood; the rape, physical violence; alcohol and drug abuse. Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer refers to the life-revelations that brought her through her trials, the melding of language and experience that brought order to her life, and the insights that touch on Native issues such as the threat of alcohol, drug abuse, and violence.

The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America by Samuel Walker, Cassia C. Spohn, Miriam Delone -- Provides research and theories of racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination within America's criminal justice system. Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank H. Wu Focusing on Asian Americans, a US debate about racial identity. Stereotyping of Asian Americans, while "superficially positive," is inherently damaging. Mixing personal anecdotes, current events, academic studies, and court cases, Wu debunks the myth of a "model minority" but and makes observations about attitudes toward affirmative action, what he calls "rational" discrimination, mixed marriages, racial profiling, and the "false divisions" of integration versus pluralism and assimilation versus multiculturalism.

Woman's Inhumanity to Woman
Phyllis Chesler Silence has prevailed about woman's inhumanity to woman. While women may not act aggressively in the same way that men do, studies confirm that girls and women are aggressive in "indirect" ways mainly toward each other. They judge each other harshly, in life, on juries, hold grudges, gossip about, exclude and disconnect from other women. Women envy and compete against each other, not against men.


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