Monday, March 31, 2014

Fry and Laurie anticipated "yes means yes" culture

One shift from second-wave to third-wave feminism has been from "no means no" to "yes means yes", which logically accompanies the shift from presuming innocence to presuming guilt. Fry and Laurie saw it coming:

When Is Rape Okay? - Debunking the Jacqueline Goodchilds / fearus meme

From Fear Us - Home, which has more on this:

ETA via Clarence Williams in the comments: The dangers of self-report - Science Brainwaves

Sunday, March 30, 2014

#CancelIrony: an open letter to white male leftists who criticize identity politics

When Stephen Colbert is called a racist for ironically mocking a racist, the only proper response for white male allies is to ignore all discussions of anti-racism and anti-sexism and let women and people of color lead.

Seriously. If you're concerned about class, ignore self-styled anti-racists and feminists—they make their priority clear by their name. Most of them are more concerned with becoming Condi Rice or Hillary Clinton than leveling the economic pyramid. You can no more change an identitarian's mind than you can change a Scientologist's. Belief systems are about beliefs, not logic. All you'll do is get hated, and that doesn't help anyone's cause.

I briefly wondered if Tumblr's social justice warriors could be useful to socialists. An "I need socialism because" campaign would be a lot of fun. Then I realized most of them don't need socialism. They're concerned with what they see as the last flaws of capitalism. The working class are irrelevant to them.

Inspired by #CancelColbert: Suey Park, the activist behind the hashtag: What continues to amuse me about this kerfuffle is a privileged Asian-American hijacked a discussion about American Indian mascot names to insist Asian-Americans are oppressed because a white man said "Oriental" when making fun of the guy who owns the Washington Redskins. Last time I looked, Asian Americans are one of the groups that are richer than white Americans. As for social oppression rather than economic oppression, the US Senate, our country's version of the House of Lords, is a fine measure of both kinds of power. Our first Asian American senator was elected in 1959, and we have an Asian American senator now. Considering that Asian Americans are 6% of the US population, that's actually representative. But there still aren't any working class Senators.

For anyone keeping track, there's a tiny circle of "activists" behind #cancelColbert. Several of the usual suspects appear at Twitter / debreese: @Karnythia See this? ...

This comment at reclaiming brocialism amused me: "a brocialist is a socialist who has your back, knows where you're comin' from, will let you stay on their couch for a bit, buy a round every once in a while, and will like be there for you when you need someone". While I'll happily agree some male socialists can be embarrassingly sexist, there's a lot to be said for being a brocialist. Malcolm X's preferred title was "brother", after all.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Can humor survive the internet?

Google the "cancel Colbert" kerfuffle. It's like there's a contest to see who can be more humorless.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

debunking rape culture theory, a linkfest

From The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)'s recommendations to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault (pdf):
In the last few years, there has been an unfortunate trend towards blaming “rape culture” for the extensive problem of sexual violence on campuses. While it is helpful to point out the systemic barriers to addressing the problem, it is important to not lose sight of a simple fact: Rape is caused not by cultural factors but by the conscious decisions, of a small percentage of the community, to commit a violent crime.

While that may seem an obvious point, it has tended to get lost in recent debates. This has led to an inclination to focus on particular segments of the student population (e.g., athletes), particular aspects of campus culture (e.g., the Greek system), or traits that are common in many millions of law-abiding Americans (e.g., “masculinity”), rather than on the subpopulation at fault: those who choose to commit rape. This trend has the paradoxical effect of making it harder to stop sexual violence, since it removes the focus from the individual at fault, and seemingly mitigates personal responsibility for his or her own actions.

By the time they reach college, most students have been exposed to 18 years of prevention messages, in one form or another. Thanks to repeated messages from parents, religious leaders, teachers, coaches, the media and, yes, the culture at large, the overwhelming majority of these young adults have learned right from wrong, and enter college knowing that rape falls squarely in the latter category.

Research supports the view that to focus solely on certain social groups or “types” of students in the effort to end campus sexual violence is a mistake. Dr. David Lisak estimates that three percent of college men are responsible for more than 90% of rapes. Other studies suggest that between 3-7% of college men have committed an act of sexual violence or would consider doing so. It is this relatively small percentage of the population, which has proven itself immune to years of prevention messages, that we must address in other ways. (Unfortunately, we are not aware of reliable research on female college perpetrators.)

Consider, as well, the findings of another study by Dr. Lisak and colleagues, which surveyed 1,882 male college students and determined that 120 of them were rapists. Of those determined to be rapists, the majority — 63% — were repeat offenders who admitted to committing multiple sexual assaults. Overall, they found that each offender committed an average of 5.8 sexual assaults. Again, this research supports the fact that more than 90% of college-age males do not, and are unlikely to ever, rape. In fact, we have found that they’re ready and eager to be engaged on these issues. It’s the other guys (and, sometimes, women) who are the problem.

It’s Time to End ‘Rape Culture’ Hysteria |

Is America A "Rape Culture"? | RealClearPolitics

Barbara Kay: A bump in radical feminism’s control of the gender agenda

Lest anyone claim these are only from conservative sources, Sommers is a registered Democrat. Young is apparently a "moderate libertarian" who has criticized Men's Rights Activists. Both identify as equality feminists.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Whiteface, blackface, humor, hatred

At Nick Cannon courts controversy with whiteface, Cannon says, "There is a big difference between Humor and Hatred." Which inpired me to leave this comment there:
Yep. If you're not trying to belittle people of another race, it's not whiteface or blackface; it's just makeup.

on blackface, or the cultural imperialism of anti-racism

drow (dark elves) and blackface

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Has Jim C. Hines addressed RAINN's refutation of "rape culture"?

I was thinking about fandom's culture wars and remembered Jim C. Hines' What is Rape Culture? when I read It’s Time to End ‘Rape Culture’ Hysteria | The crucial bits:
RAINN urges the White House to “remain focused on the true cause of the problem” and suggests a three-pronged approach for combating rape: empowering community members through bystander intervention education, using “risk-reduction messaging” to encourage students to increase their personal safety, and promoting clearer education on “where the ‘consent line’ is.” It also asserts that we should treat rape like the serious crime it is by giving power to trained law enforcement rather than internal campus judicial boards.
RAINN is especially critical of the idea that we need to focus on teaching men not to rape — the hallmark of rape culture activism. Since rape exists because our culture condones and normalizes it, activists say, we can end the epidemic of sexual violence only by teaching boys not to rape.
No one would deny that we should teach boys to respect women. But by and large, this is already happening. By the time men reach college, RAINN explains, “most students have been exposed to 18 years of prevention messages, in one form or another.” The vast majority of men absorbs these messages and views rape as the horrific crime that it is. So efforts to address rape need to focus on the very small portion of the population that “has proven itself immune to years of prevention messages.” They should not vilify the average guy.
Hmm. Have any of the warriors addressed that?

See also:

RAINN: stop blaming "rape culture" and blame individuals—a post especially for social justice warriors

debunking rape culture theory, a linkfest

David Lisak on rape and rape culture

pragmatists vs ideologues: on rape culture theorists and Jim C. Hines.

Monday, March 17, 2014

the all-enveloping confabulation of social justice warriors

The Unpersuadables: Why Smart People Believe Crazy Theories - The Daily Beast: "“If a person’s set of beliefs all cohere, it means that they are telling themselves a highly successful story. It means that their confabulation is so rich and deep and all-enveloping that almost every living particle of nuance and doubt has been suffocated. Which says to me, their brains are working brilliantly,” Storr writes, “and their confabulated tale is not to be trusted.” "

This seems especially pertinent in light of the identitarian love of narrative and subjectivity.

on John Scalzi, Baen Books, and the cognitive dissonance of prosperous liberals

This morning, I wrote:
To be a liberal capitalist calls for cognitive dissonance—liberals believe it's wrong to exploit people, but they don't actually want to give up the things they get by living high on the capitalist pyramid.
John Scalzi's my current favorite example. So I should say upfront that I like him. He's good company at a meal. He's a competent writer. He's a PR genius. If he hadn't banned me from his blog during Racefail 09 for reasons I still don't know, I wouldn't have started watching him critically. (He banned me right when Coffeeandink claimed I had outed her, but before she changed the public posts on her LJ where she used her legal name. I suspect he was making a pre-emptive ban because I had cooties in the identitarian community—at the time, he was desperately making amends for having been skeptical about Racefail by giving time on his blog to the people who wanted to control the narrative.)
He's been helping to control the narrative ever since. The Orthodox Church of Heinlein is a fine example. Referring to Toni Weisskopf's The Problem of Engagement, he says, "I recommend you check it out for the full effect, but for those of you who won’t, here’s an encapsulation of the piece." Rhetorically, that's a beautiful piece of intellectual dishonesty—he's acknowledging the principle that reading what Weisskopf actually said is important while suggesting to the believers in "don't give google juice to the enemy" that they needn't bother, then by doing an "encapsulation" that's entirely his take on the argument, he's ensuring that anyone who does read the original will read it through the memory of his spin.
When I got that far, I saved the post, but I thought I would delete it later. I'm tired of identitarians. I just didn't want to give this example any more time.

But tonight I came across Rick Notes: Yet another fisking of John Scalzi and Toni Weisskopf. I generally agree with Boatwright, so I'm glad he saved me from having to write more.

Friday, March 14, 2014

RAINN: stop blaming "rape culture" and blame individuals—a post especially for social justice warriors

it's all one thing: RAINN: stop blaming "rape culture" and blame individuals—a post especially for social justice warriors

The cowardice of the "safe space" and the courage of engagement

I recently tweeted,
If Rosa Parks had been a social justice warrior, she would've demanded a safe space for people of color at the back of the bus.
I didn't think I had much else to say about safe spaces, but I just saw this comment from Brad R. Torgerson:
...the only winning move (with Scalzi and Whatever) is not to play.

It might be different if Scalzi ever stepped beyond his “safe space” in order to defend himself and his invective in an environment where he isn’t lord of the manor. But because Scalzi has created a “safe space” in which he never has to be made to feel demonstrably wrong for any length of time longer than it takes him to ban/deride a critic, he is not what I’d call an honest participant in the larger cultural, political, and philosophical debate. He needs his “safe space” too much.

Which is probably why most people (on Scalzi’s side of this) make such a noise about “safe spaces”, in all kinds of different arenas. They have concluded that any forum for interactivity that does not immediately affirm them — and all of their many smelly little orthodoxies and prejudices — is not “safe”, and therefore they will go to great lengths to whine about, pester, or attack, anyone who does not enable them in their need to be “safe.”
The safe space is an echo chamber, and nothing more.

Well, it can be a place for segregation, of course. I've been amused for years that WisCon is so racist that people of color need a safe space there. I recently saw this (click to biggen):

If I was a white racist on a college campus, I would be creating "a space for white folks to meet and work on racism, white supremacy, and white privilege" and put this sign up:

The shared sensibilities of segregationists remind me of Tom Metzger of the White Aryan Resistance addressing the Black Panthers:

He talks admiringly of Marcus Garvey and the Nation of Islam, and refers to the time the American Nazis spoke to NOI:

Call it a safe space if you want, but segregation is segregation. I pray I'll always choose dangerous spaces.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A “brown” dancer responds to “Why I can’t stand white belly dancers”

NW Bellydance Source » A “brown” dancer responds to “Why I can’t stand white belly dancers”

Let Justice Be Dumb

Let Justice Be Dumb | LEONARD PIERCE DOT COM: "Too much talk about economics might lead to a discomfiting realization of the existence of class — in one’s nation or, worse yet, in one’s own head.  Start talking about economics and you might wonder why you do all your protesting on an expensive machine built for you by virtual slave labor an ocean away, where the lessons of sexism and homophobia are too dearly learnt.  In a world built on degrees of intersectionality, it will not do to come to the realization that there are really only two groups that matter:  the owners and the owned."

Thursday, March 6, 2014

feminists versus daughters

I am often struck by the extreme unpopularity of feminism today given that the vast majority of people support the traditional feminist goals of equal pay and equal respect. And then I think about the two recent scifi kerfuffles and the dismay of the daughters of Jonathan Ross and Sean Fodera, and I think I need wonder no more.

The Hugos, Jonathan Ross, His Family And Neil Gaiman

The Hugos, Jonathan Ross, His Family And Neil Gaiman - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

Neil Gaiman rounds on fans after Jonathan Ross withdraws from Hugo awards

Neil Gaiman rounds on fans after Jonathan Ross withdraws from Hugo awards | Books |

K. Tempest Bradford drove Jane Goldman off Twitter?

Tempest seems to be taking the credit in Community Responses To The Jonathan Ross Hugo Host Debacle – Part 1 | K. Tempest Bradford.

I agree with her that Seanan McGuire is nice, but I have to point out that nice people sometimes do bad things, and in this case, Seanan reacted knowing very little about the situation, so more people who knew little about the situation also responded. It's how flamewars work.

Tempest hasn't said anything specifically about white women's tears yet. Maybe she knows her audience will get that from what she has said.

ETA: Related: It really is time people stopped hating Jonathan Ross - Telegraph

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Jonathan Ross’s wife Jane Goldman quits Twitter after online abuse

Jonathan Ross’s wife Jane Goldman quits Twitter after online abuse

Jane Goldman deletes Twitter account after family bombarded with abuse by sci-fi fans over Jonathan Ross hosting Hugo Awards

How Lego earned the wrath of the 'gender-neutral toys' crowd

How Lego earned the wrath of the 'gender-neutral toys' crowd - "The main market for the $4 billion company's traditional plastic bricks and mini-figures is boys. Certainly some girls enjoy making castles or skyscrapers out of the bricks, just like their brothers, but in 2011, Lego's market research boys found that 90% of Lego users were boys. And now, the company's attempt to address the disparity has outraged the sizable "gender-neutral toys" contingent."

another must-read on Jonathan Ross and the Hugos

Let He Who Is Without Sin — Andrea Phillips: "The shift from "this person is doing something objectionable right now and we have to stop it," to "this person said some objectionable things some years in the past and so he's not welcome among us," is one that gives me great pause. You know who else has said some objectionable things in the past? Me. You know who else? You."

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Faith of the Social Justice Warrior

This is the almost-final-draft of a section from a book about social justice warriors, identitarianism, and mobbing. For more information and links to other chapters, see How to Make a Social Justice Warrior.

"Faith, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel." —Ambrose Bierce

"Rosa Parks didn't refuse to give up her seat to a white person so she could be chauffeured in a limousine. She just wanted to be treated the same." —Melissa Thompson, “Privileged Problems”

In hierarchal societies, religion comforts the exploiter and the exploited. It assures exploiters that if they observe the proper rites and treat the exploited with some consideration, they are good people who may enjoy the rewards of exploitation. It promises the exploited that if they observe the proper rites and serve their exploiters well, they are good people who may hope for better lives someday. Traditional religions for hierarchists were taught by priests in palaces, but the faith of the social justice warriors is taught by priests in ivory towers.

For social justice warriors, the most important act of faith is to check their privilege. Like Christians confessing their sins, they list their privileges to be absolved. Then warriors of privileged identities know their economic privilege is forgiven, and warriors of oppressed identities know their economic privilege is a just reward. In both cases, the effect is to make the economically privileged feel entitled to their economic privilege.

Like Buddhism, the way of the social justice warrior is nontheistic—it does not require a belief in any god. Like Unitarian Universalism, the way of the social justice warrior is pluralistic—it’s not restricted to any one religion. Like all religions, it has a founder who had disciples and apostles who never studied with him, but who promoted and transformed the faith—Derrick Bell’s most famous disciple is KimberlĂ© Crenshaw and his apostles include Tim Wise. It has articles of faith—all white people are racist and all men are sexist. It has sacred texts, the best-known being Peggy McIntosh’s “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”.

The only thing that separates the faith of the social justice warrior from all other religions, so far as I know, is that it uses different names when it addresses different issues. On race, it’s called Critical Race Theory or anti-racism. On sex, it’s third-wave feminism or intersectional feminism. Perhaps it should be called Anti-ism, because it constantly redefines itself by what it opposes in any given instance: anti-imperialism, anti-ageism, anti-ableism… Or perhaps it could simply be called Anti-privilege, though that would be as misleading as any other name since social justice warriors include capitalists and rarely address economic privilege.

The faith of the social justice warrior is not a universal faith. Like Anglicanism and Unitarian Universalism, it best serves the needs of the upper classes. It does not speak to white conservatives, but it soothes white liberals who see slavery, America’s "original sin", a sin of white people rather than a sin of rich people. As for black believers, Adolph Reed Jr. gave an example of one in an interview with Bill Moyers:

ADOLPH REED: …among the reasons that I know Obama's type so well is I've been teaching at elite institutions for more than 30 years. And that means that I've taught his cohort that came through Yale at the time that he was at Columbia and Harvard. I recall an incident in a seminar in black American political thought with a young woman who was a senior who said something in the class. I just blurted out that the burden of what she said seemed to be that the whole purpose of this Civil Rights Movement was to make it possible for people like her to go to Yale and then to go to work in investment banking. And she said unabashedly, well, yes, yes, and that's what I believe. And again, I didn't catch myself in time, so I just said to her, well, I wish somebody had told poor Viola Liuzzo before she left her family in Michigan and got herself killed that that's what the punch line was going to be, because she might've stayed home to watch her kids grow up.
BILL MOYERS: This was the woman who on her own initiative went down during the civil rights struggle to Selma, Alabama to join in the fight for voting rights and equality, and was murdered.
ADOLPH REED: Right, exactly. I'm not prepared to accept as my metric of the extent of racial justice or victories of the struggles for racial justice, the election of a single individual to high office or appointment of a black individual to be corporate CEO. My metric would have to do with things like access to healthcare—
BILL MOYERS: For everybody.
ADOLPH REED: For everybody, right.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

What identitarians don’t know about race and class

This is the almost-final-draft of a section from a book about social justice warriors, identitarianism, and mobbing. For more information and links to other chapters, see How to Make a Social Justice Warrior.

The history of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is a history of black people selling black people to white people, so if there should be racial guilt, the guilt should be shared. The US Congress has formally apologized for slavery. So have leaders of Benin, Ghana, and Cameroon. But you wouldn’t know that from talking with identitarians because it doesn’t fit neatly in a race-based narrative. Nor will you hear about rich black slaveowners in the US like William Ellison, who was part of the richest 1% of the Old South’s slaveowners. Pointing out these facts is not denying the extreme racism of the past—it’s only acknowledging that the history of racism is distorted when identitarians assume race and class are intersectional rather than interrelated.

A few facts about race and class in the US:

1. Poverty

“Four-fifths of us who work for salaries or wages make less than $20 an hour. This is a poor country. We're a nation of the working poor, and it's something that people don't want to acknowledge.” —Dale Maharidge

For most of my life, I would've guessed the worst poverty in the US was in Watts, Appalachia, or Mississippi, but The Economist’s “The Poorest Part of America” notes, “Virtually all of the 20 poorest counties in America, in terms of wages, are on the eastern flank of the Rockies or on the western Great Plain.” The race of the people in the poorest part of the US? “It is largely white. The area does include several pockets of wretched Native American poverty, but in most areas the poor are as white as a prairie snowstorm.”

Tony Pugh wrote in “U.S. economy leaving record numbers in severe poverty”, “Nearly two out of three people (10.3 million) in severe poverty are white, but blacks (4.3 million) and Hispanics of any race (3.7 million) make up disproportionate shares. Blacks are nearly three times as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be in deep poverty, while Hispanics are roughly twice as likely.”

Regardless of race, Americans have very little hope of rising to a higher economic class. Economist Miles Cork found that among the major developed countries, only Italy and the United Kingdom have less economic mobility than the US.

2. The Death Penalty

If you believe the US is a classless society, race is clearly an enormous factor in the death penalty. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, the racial percentages for people legally executed for murder since 1976 are:

BLACK: 34%
WHITE: 57%

The races of the victims:

BLACK: 14%
WHITE: 79%

The victims are fairly representative of the US population, but the murderers aren’t. Someone who only considers race would conclude blacks murder more than whites, and blacks are more likely to get the death penalty than whites.

But there are other factors. John McAdams said, “It is clearly the case that blacks who murder whites are treated more harshly than are blacks who murder blacks. This looks like racial disparity if you assume that the circumstances are similar in the two cases. Unfortunately, it's vastly unlikely that they are. Most murders are among people who know each other. Murders done by strangers are much more likely to be regarded as heinous than are murders growing out of domestic quarrels, drug deals gone wrong, and such. It might seem reasonable to compare the punishment received by blacks who murder whites with the treatment received by whites who murder blacks. Unfortunately, while black on white crime is relatively rare, white on black crime is even rarer. There simply isn't an adequate statistical base to allow us to generalize about whites who murder blacks, which pretty much leaves us to compare the way the system treats blacks who murder blacks with the way it treats whites who murder whites. When we do this, we find some fairly solid-looking evidence that the system is unfairly tough on white murderers -- or if you prefer, unfairly lenient on black murderers. But even this finding is one we have to be skeptical about. Is the average black on black murder quite similar to the average white on white murder? Or are there systematic differences?”

So what might cause systematic differences? We know the rich rarely face the death penalty, regardless of their race—OJ Simpson faced life imprisonment, not death. In 2005, I did these calculations:

From “Capital punishment in the United States”: “Approximately 58 percent of the defendants executed were white; 34 percent were black; 6 percent were Hispanic; and 2 percent were from other races.”

From “New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty FAQ”: “Ninety-five percent of defendants charged with capital crimes are indigent and cannot afford their own attorney to represent them.”

The racial breakdown of poverty in the USA:

Asian American: 2.92% (or 3%)
Black: 25.17% (or 25%)
Hispanic: 22.68% (or 23%)
non-Hispanic White: 49.23% (or 49%)

So, remembering that nearly everyone who's executed is poor, let's line this up:

Percentage of people in poverty who are white: 50%
Percentage of people executed who are white: 58%

Percentage of people in poverty who are black: 25%
Percentage of people executed who are black: 34%

Percentage of people in poverty who are Hispanic: 23%
Percentage of people executed who are Hispanic: 6%

Percentage of people in poverty who are Asian: 3%
Percentage of people executed who are "other": 2%

The white and black poverty-to-execution ratio may be high because there's more crime in cities—a higher percentage of the Latino poor is rural. Or maybe Latinos commit fewer crimes of the sort that result in execution. Either way, I'm comfortable concluding this: the death penalty is based on class, not race.

Looking for more evidence, I found Attorney General John Ashcroft’s conclusion from a government study, "There is no evidence of racial bias in the administration of the federal death penalty."

When I wrote about this in 2005, someone identified as Carl left this comment:

For the past 20+ years I’ve worked in the criminal justice system—the past 8 years for a criminal defense firm, and the 14 years before that as a court clerk—I’ve done more death penalty cases than I want to think about (very few attorneys or judges ever want to do even one, and once you’ve done one, you never want to do another—they’re brutal on everyone involved), and can honestly say that in my experience (in California—your state may be different), the vast majority of DP felons (and felons in general) tend to be poor, poorly educated, and not very bright in general, with very poor social and coping skills. While there are occasional exceptions, they are damned rare.

The only notable exception I worked on was a wealthy woman who went even more psycho (she was bizarre at first, and went completely around the bend when her husband dumped her in favor of Next Year’s Model), and murdered the ex and his new wife in their beds. That one showed up on TV, both in the news and in movies-of-the-week, and she managed to avoid the death penalty, where poorer killers were far more likely to get Death. (Yes—you can probably guess the name).

In my experience (and hers, and OJ’s), money plays a far greater role than ethnicity.

3. The Drug War

"Most prisoners report incomes of less than $8,000 a year in the year prior to coming to prison. A majority were unemployed at the time of their arrest." —Paul Wright, Prison Legal News

"The primary reason for this massive number of black men in jail is the War on Drugs. Therefore, if the War on Drugs were terminated, the main factor keeping race-based resentment a core element in the American social fabric would no longer exist. America would be a better place for all." —John McWhorter, "How the War on Drugs is Destroying Black America"

Drug War Facts gives this picture for drug offenses: "Of the 250,900 state prison inmates serving time for drug offenses in 2004, 133,100 (53.05%) were black, 50,100 (19.97%) were Hispanic, and 64,800 (25.83%) were white."

While the drug war is racially disproportionate, class still matters. From “Racial, Ethnic and Gender Disparities in Sentencing: Evidence from the US Federal Courts”, a 2001 study by David Mustard: “Having no high school diploma resulted in an additional sentence of 1.2 months. Income had a significant impact on the sentence length. Offenders with incomes of less than $5,000 were sentenced most harshly. This group received sentences 6.2 months longer than people who had incomes between $25,000 and $35,000.”

According to “The rich get richer and the poor get prison”,  “Among those entering prison in 1991, about 70 percent earned less than $15,000 a year when they were arrested, and 45 percent didn’t have a full-time job. One in four prisoners is mentally ill, and 64 percent never graduated from high school.”

if you're more interested in the current fannish fail than I am

Start here:

The Daily Dot - Jonathan Ross withdraws from the Hugos after online uproar

The Observer Profile: Jonathan Ross

I didn't go any further, but if there are especially entertaining posts about this, let me know.

Yes, the Daily Dot article is Aja Romano's. I think she wants to be fandom's Walter Winchell.

ETA: No, don't read Aja Romano's. Read this: When Jonathan Ross Was Presenting The Hugo Awards. Until He Wasn't. - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors.

if you're curious about what Noah Berlatsky's doing

I saw Captain Confederacy was being discussed at The Confederate Superheroes of America « The Hooded Utilitarian, so I popped over, then made the mistake of reading the comments. Noah Berlatsky said,
So…Will Shetterly is the same guy who is now a somewhat infamous internet troll, right?
Must be the same guy. Runs around explaining how race doesn’t matter, it’s all about class and so forth. Lovely.
 I commented,
Yep, that’s me, except Coffeeandink took quotes out of context. I’m also the guy who wrote Dogland, which NPR’s Ellen Kushner called, “A masterwork. A particularly American magic realism that touches the heart of race and childhood in our country; it’s 100 Years of Solitude for an entire generation of American Baby Boomers, and deserves the widest possible audience.” The feministsf wiki said my “work features strong women characters and people of color”. I have never said race doesn’t matter, and the fact Coffeeandink doesn’t quote me saying anything to that effect should be significant. What I have said is that class matters more than race in the modern US, and anyone who thinks Herman Cain’s daughter is oppressed and a homeless white guy is privileged really needs to rethink their understanding of privilege and oppression. Really, criticizing Critical Race Theory is not the same as endorsing racism, denying racism, or thinking that racism is over. 
If you’re interested in a more nuanced take on these things, I recommend googling Adolph Reed Jr.’s “The limits of anti-racism” and the Rev. Thandeka’s “Why Anti-Racism Will Fail”.
Berlatsky said,
Hey Will. I am startled at your appearance, but appreciate your gracious response. Thanks for stopping by.
Okay…so, Will, I’m sorry about this, but I’m somewhat familiar with your actions online, and I’m afraid I’m not comfortable having you as part of this community. I’ve blocked you, and I’d appreciate you not commenting here again.
Again, I do appreciate your civility, and since I brought your name up it was reasonable for you to respond. Since I’m asking you not to post here, I will avoid discussing you in the future.
Along those lines, I’d ask folks not to respond to Will’s post, since he’s not going to be here to reply to it.
Thanks everyone.
I was amused by the notion that I was gracious, but I was being blocked. Some people really can't deal with intellectual disagreement.

So I googled Berlatsky and found Why Doesn’t the Atlantic Fire Noah Berlatsky? | Ted Rall's Rallblog. The quick answer is the Atlantic has plenty of identitarians working for them, perhaps because they share a belief system, perhaps because they produce great clickbait.

Then I checked what Berlatsky had done at the Atlantic and saw 12 Years a Slave: Yet Another Oscar-Nominated 'White Savior' Story.

In case you don't have the immediate reaction to his title that I did, I'll elaborate: He's objecting to a story being historically accurate. I left a comment there, but either I screwed up or he banned me there, too. It basically said that the history of ending slavery is a history of white saviors, because the only successful slave revolt ever was in Haiti. It took a lot of dead white saviors to end slavery in the US, which does not demean the black people who fought for their freedom, but they were outnumbered ten to one. They couldn't win without white saviors. That's just how the system worked.

And in the case of 12 Years a Slave, that's how history worked. I asked him a question I suppose I'll never have answered: Would he have preferred Django Unchained?

ETA: I misremembered where I'd left the comment. Not banned. It's here: What Movies About Slavery Teach Us About Race Relations Today - Noah Berlatsky - The Atlantic.