You ever read a news headline where every word before you even read the actual article just gives you a sick sensation right in your soul?

This is a resplendent example of White male privilege: a police funded by the rich for the rich, in one of America’s most gentrified White states, generating an economy that largely serves the interests of White men:

a narrow vision of capitalism once again threatens to leave many Americans behind. Our nation’s failure to achieve equal educational opportunity has exacerbated race-based economic disparities and produced two starkly different American economies.

And while women have made strong gains in professional life, they remain dramatically underrepresented in many of the most profitable sectors. Silicon Valley is hardly the only place where this is evident, but addressing it here is crucial to turning the tide. [My emphasis.]

In March, Rev. Jesse Jackson wrote to tech leaders such as  Facebook, Apple, Twitter, HP, and Google: 

Technology is supposed to be about inclusion, but sadly, patterns of exclusion remains the order of the day.

And just to be clear: this unequal distribution and access of technological innovation in Facebook’s case seems to be funding a higher quality police force for elites.

Some people see that technology is value free - as if it simply developed by talented individuals and later adopted by the masses. This view fails to take into account how technology is both shaped by, and shapes, social interaction and how technology reflects social hierarchies. This is an example of how technological progress shapes economic inequality, notions of risk and safety. It doesn’t have to be this way - people make these choices to serve their interests, rather than focusing on collective good.


“On a deeper level, it confirms basic premises of Pathan life: that wealth is not for amassing, but for use and is basically without importance, that only the weak man is attached to property and makes himself dependent on it, that the strong man bases his position on qualities within himself and people’s recognition of these qualities, and not on control of people by the control of objects.”

— Fredrik Barth, Pathan Identity and Its Maintenance

Their cause is really straightforward, as is ours: One percent of the population holds [much] of the wealth in this country, and people’s benefits are getting slashed and people are losing their homes. On our reservations, we are mired in the deepest poverty. The idea is to have some equality in this country … economic equality.’

Moonanum James, United American Indians of New England (via solitaryforager)

(via socialworky-deactivated20131001)

If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire… Traders and fund managers throughout Wall Street receive their massive remuneration for doing no better than would a chimpanzee flipping a coin. When Kahneman [psychologist Daniel Kahneman, winner of a Nobel economics prize] tried to point this out, they blanked him. ‘The illusion of skill … is deeply ingrained in their culture.’

George Monbiot The Guardian, 7 Nov 11.

(Via The Global Sociologist.)