What Can We Learn From Rachel Dolezal?

Rachel DolezalI know it’s been a little while since the thing with Rachel Dolezal was really a “hot topic”, but I’ve been talking about what she did and how America’s history has influenced these situations, with a few friends of mine. It really is an interesting situation, and is in no way a simple one. One of the main people I’ve been discussing things with is studying Race and Ethnic Relations, and she has provided a great deal of input on the topic (the majority of the references were provided by her as well [thank you, Stella]). I originally wrote out an entirely different Blog post about this, but when I reached out for input, it was very clear that – while my general logic was sound – I was missing large portions of information. This Blog post is filled with many of her thoughts, as well as my own.

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Supreme Court Marriage Equality Ruling

Marriage EqualityI apologize if this post is brief, but I just needed to post something to let everyone know the great news. Moments ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled that every State is required to issue a Marriage Licence regardless of sex; every State will be legally obligated to allow Same-Sex Marriage. Period.

The official ruling reads like this:

“The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.”

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IMAX Attempts To Censor Ars Technica

IMAXIn a comical twist of things this weekend, let’s talk about a situation where IMAX didn’t seem to understand what the Streisand Effect is, and why they should probably avoid provoking it. See, the Streisand Effect is simply the phenomenon where an attempt to hide or censor something – especially on the internet – typically has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely. Essentially, it means that when a company gets upset with something that the masses disagree with, they tend to immediately spread the word about that company acting in poor taste. Like right now, with this article.

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