Minorities have come to be identified, and to identify themselves, in terms of race, ethnicity or “community”. Class categories, these days, are applied primarily to the white population. Class distinctions have become racialised – few now question the use of the term “white working class”. Meanwhile, class divisions within minority groups are often ignored.
Kenan Malik often says valueable stuff about there matters - funnily enough, as he ran with the Spiked-crowd many a moon ago:
In the 1990s a weird Trotskyist cult called the RCP reinvented itself as a network of far-right media provocateurs and corporate lackeys. Today they are called @Spiked and a key figure of theirs, Munira Mirza, is BJ's Director of No. 10. Policy Unit.
It’s one of the most enduring urban myths of all: If you get in trouble, don’t count on anyone nearby to help. Research dating back to the late 1960s documents how the great majority of people who witness crimes or violent behavior refuse to intervene.
The study finds that in nine out of 10 incidents, at least one bystander intervened, with an average of 3.8 interveners. There was also no significant difference across the three countries and cities, even though they differ greatly in levels of crime and violence.
Also, the reactions to the murder of Kitty Genovese was one of the original myths of the effect - and the reporting was deliberately wrong.
In America, the freedom of movement comes with an asterisk: the obligation to drive. This truism has been echoed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which has pronounced car ownership a “virtual necessity.” The Court’s pronouncement is telling. Yes, in a sense, America is car-dependent by choice—but it is also car-dependent by law.
Buddhism, though, continues to flummox us. People are often shocked that it could be central to the violence of Sri Lanka or Myanmar, or the more than a hundred self-immolations that took place in Tibet in the early 2010s—self-inflicted acts of political violence that confounded both the Chinese government and many onlookers in the West. For many, Buddhism is “a religion of peace” and its adaptation for political purposes, even to inspire violence, feels flat-out wrong.