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How the politics of racial resentment is killing white people
Why do many working-class white Americans support politicians whose policies are literally killing them?
This is the question sociologist and psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl tries to answer in his new book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland. The book is a serious look at how cultural attitudes associated with “whiteness” encourage white people to adopt political views — like opposition to gun laws or the Affordable Care Act — that undercut their own health.
The book is not about racism at the individual level, though you can certainly read that into it. For Metzl, the key question is how did a politics of racial resentment become so powerful that it overwhelmed even the basic instinct for self-preservation? To get answers, he spent years talking to voters in Southern and Midwestern states, asking them to explain their political choices. The answers aren’t terribly satisfying, but they are instructive.
I spoke to Metzl about what he learned and what he thinks we can do to solve this problem. A lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.
The UN reports humanity is failing its climate change goals
Despite the danger, there has been little climate change action since the 2016 Paris Agreement — three years later, the world is still on track to exceed the 2°C of warming target by as early as 2040. So this week, the UN is once again sounding the alarm on the unprecedented environmental damage that has proceeded largely unchecked.
In its 6th Global Environmental Outlook report, released today, scientists explore how human actions are threatening the food, water, and natural systems that we take for granted. The report highlights how air pollution from fossil fuels and chemical production kills 6 to 7 million people every year. It underscores the unprecedented scale of biodiversity loss around the planet, which threatens food supplies for billions of people. And it emphasizes the rapid decline of safe drinking water sources around the world as a result of intensive agriculture and chemical contamination.
Hundreds of US cities are killing or scaling back their recycling programs
Police investigating after video shows officer punching woman at St. Patrick's Day 'riot'
Police are investigating after a posted video showed an officer punching a young woman in the face while responding to an incident at a St. Patrick's Day party in Chester, Pennsylvania, on Saturday.
Authorities were called to the scene of the party "for what was described to them as a riot" and found a group of people fighting in the street, police said.
A group of people attempted to go into the house and then tried to kick down the door when they were turned away, Chester police said.
Current Training Of Physicians To Care For LGBTQ Individuals Is Falling Short
Study suggests standardized training needed for medical residents
(Boston)–Not enough is being done to prepare physicians to care for the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) patients. Better physician training on their unique clinical needs may eliminate many of the health disparities among this growing segment of the population according to a new study.
Approximately 3.8 percent of the U.S. population identifies as a sexual or gender minority (i.e. lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer). Many experience significant health issues often as a result of discrimination and harassment.
Samuel L. Jackson Doesn't ‘Give A Fuck’ If You Stop Watching His Movies Due To His Politics
Samuel L. Jackson does not care what you think of him. And he drove home that point in a recent interview.
“I know how many motherfuckers hate me,” he told Esquire. ‘I’m never going to see a Sam Jackson movie again.’ Fuck I care?”
“If you never went to another movie I did in my life, I’m not going to lose anymore. I already cashed that check. Fuck you,“ he added. ”Burn my videotapes. I don’t give a fuck. ‘You’re an actor. Stick to acting.’ ‘No, mother fucker. I’m a human being that feels a certain way.’“
Judge bars unvaccinated students from returning to Rockland County school
A federal judge in Rockland County, New York has jumped into the simmering debate over measles vaccinations. With cases rising, the judge barred 50 unvaccinated students from attending the Green Meadow Waldorf School for at least three weeks.
Parent Beatrice Burgis agrees with the judge's ruling that would keep unvaccinated kids at home.
"I believe that he's trying to mitigate a potential further outbreak and he's trying to keep everybody safe," she said.
On Tuesday, a new case in Rockland County brought the total to 146. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 228 cases in 12 states. The Rockland County outbreak was centered in an Orthodox Jewish community.
Scientists find differences between LGBTQ & straight people who die from suicide
For many in the LGBTQ community, dealing with suicidal feelings are an all-too-common occurrence, and one that should give pause.
Now, a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine is taking a closer look at LGBTQ people who have died by suicide and it reveals some surprising differences between our community and straight people.
Amongst the findings was this stark fact: young LGBTQ people are five times more likely to attempt suicide than straight people.
Arrests in domestic terror probes outpace those inspired by Islamic extremists
Most people arrested as the result of FBI terrorism investigations are charged with non-terrorism offenses, and more domestic terror suspects were arrested last year than those allegedly inspired by international terror groups, according to internal FBI figures reviewed by The Washington Post.
As government officials and activists debate the best way to pursue violent extremists, the figures show how much of counterterrorism work goes undeclared and unnoticed. Thousands are investigated each year. Hundreds are charged with crimes. But the public and the media see only dozens.
The debate centers on whether federal law and law enforcement are too focused on Islamic terrorism and not paying enough attention to the rise in far right-wing extremism. In fact, according to the data, more domestic terrorist targets are being charged, and in both categories, law enforcement officials often leverage simpler crimes, such as violations of gun or drug laws, to prevent violence.
Medieval Diseases Are Infecting California’s Homeless
Jennifer Millar keeps trash bags and hand sanitizer near her tent, and she regularly pours water mixed with hydrogen peroxide on the sidewalk nearby. Keeping herself and the patch of concrete she calls home clean is a top priority.
But this homeless encampment off a Hollywood freeway ramp is often littered with needles and trash and soaked in urine. Rats occasionally scamper through, and Millar fears the consequences.
Infectious diseases—some that ravaged populations in the Middle Ages—are resurging in California and around the country, and are hitting homeless populations especially hard.
At least 10 diagnosed with mumps at Temple University
An Unvaccinated Boy Got Tetanus And It Cost Over $800,000 To Save His Life
One New York City student with measles sickened 21 people amid outbreak
It's not just measles: Tetanus, Mumps and other vaccine-preventable diseases are still in the US
Mumps, other outbreaks force U.S. detention centers to quarantine over 2,000 migrants
'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett hit with 16 count felony indictment by grand jury
An Illinois grand jury has indicted "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, according to the Cook County State Attorney's Office.
The grand jury returned two separate sets of charges, Robert Foley, a senior advisor in the state attorney's office told ABC News.
The first set is related to what Smollett told officers about the alleged attack, including that the attackers called him racial and homophobic slurs, struck him with their hands, put a noose around his neck, and poured some sort of chemical substance on him.
LGBTQ adults are younger, poorer than general U.S. population, study finds
An estimated 4.5 percent of U.S. adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and they tend to be younger and poorer than the population at large, according to an analysis of polling data released on Tuesday.
The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law examined previously released results from the Gallup Daily Tracking survey and went deeper into the data, enabling a more detailed demographic picture of the adult U.S. LGBTQ population of roughly 11.3 million people.
The institute found Washington, D.C., had the highest percentage of LGBTQ people at 9.8 percent and North Dakota had the lowest at 2.7 percent.
Why Are So Many LGBTQ Groups Staying Silent About This #MeToo Scandal?
On Monday night, residents of West Hollywood called for John Duran to leave his position on the West Hollywood City Council after weeks of sexual misconduct allegations against him.
It was a deeply sobering moment. The native Angeleno boasts decades of advocacy work for the city’s gay and HIV-positive communities. Duran ceded his position as mayor of West Hollywood on Monday morning, citing health concerns, but this was less momentous than it would appear. The post of mayor is largely ceremonial, rotating each year among members of the council, and Duran has remarked that West Hollywood perceives him to be mayor no matter who holds the seat. He remains on the council, and he has no plans to resign from that post.
Swastikas Found at Famously Elite, Progressive D.C. School Sidwell Friends
A student assembly at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., was cut short after students beamed racist usernames and swastikas onto a screen, HuffPost reported Wednesday.
Sidwell, one of the country’s top preparatory schools, is famously progressive and has educated generations of D.C.’s elites. But the school has not been immune to the rise of hate speech and hate crimes on campuses across the U.S., according to HuffPost: In recent months, a swastika was found drawn on a whiteboard in the school, while others were found etched into benches in a school assembly room.
Father found guilty of plotting acid attack on 3-year-old son
A father has been found guilty and sentenced to 16 years in prison for plotting an acid attack on his 3-year-old son amid a custody battle with his ex-wife.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted unanimously by a jury Wednesday at Worcester Crown Court in the UK following a six-week trial, the court confirmed to CNN.
The jury, which deliberated for nine hours, convicted the man and five co-conspirators of plotting to spray sulfuric acid in the child's face with the intention to "burn, maim or disfigure."
Jurors were told that the father, 40, a taxi driver from Wolverhampton, central England, but originally from Afghanistan, enlisted the help of his co-conspirators in order to attack his son in a bid to gain increased custody by depicting the child's mother as incapable of providing adequate care, the UK's Press Association agency reported.
Woman with 2 children in car is shot, killed by other driver
Infant Girl Found Dead in Parked Car with Mom, Who Is Taken to Hospital and Arrested
Texas Woman Arrested 2 Years After Allegedly Killing Student Thanks To Anonymous Letter
U.S. NEWS Chris Watts reveals gruesome details about the day he killed his pregnant wife, daughters
Teen Who Said She Was Stopped By Black Man Pretending To Be Cop Charged With Filing False Police Report
A 17-year-old in Southgate, Michigan is facing charges of filing a false police report after she apparently lied about being pulled over by a fake police officer, who she coincidentally described as a tall, Black man.
According to the News-Herald, 17-year-old Faith Gentry stood silent during an arraignment, refusing to plead either guilty or not guilty. As a matter of routine, the judge usually takes this sort of silence as a not guilty plea. Her bond was set at $25,000 and she’s scheduled for a pretrial hearing for March 8.
Last week, Gentry appeared on Fox2Detroit to tell her story after she says she was pulled over.
“I was coming down southbound down Fort and this ‘cop’ put his lights on and I pulled over,” she claimed.