In My Fair Lady, Professor Henry Higgins—after linguistically reprogramming Cockney-speaking flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass as “a great lady”—exasperatingly asks: “Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man”? When he doesn’t get the answer he’s looking for and loses Eliza, he laments: “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” It’s too late for Prof. […]
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ENCOUNTERING RACISM: This is the third in a series, posted on endracism.com, of recollections by people from all walks of life on how they first experienced or witnessed prejudice and discrimination.
**David Brion Davis is a Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and Director Emeritus of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, which he founded in 1998 and directed until 2004.
Born in Talbott County, Maryland, Frederick Douglass (c. 1818 to 1895) was treated harshly by slave owners, yet managed to learn to read. After repeated attempts to escape to freedom, he successfully ran away in 1838 to become an eloquent platform orator and newspaper editor for abolition. He worked with President Lincoln during the Civil […]
The World Against Racism Foundation (WARF) chooses its “Person of the Decade.” The choice is easy: Caster Semenya—the teenage track phenom who won in women’s 800m final of the World Championships in Berlin in 2009, only to be subjected to a battery of “sex verification tests” to determine whether or not she qualified to […]
I think this Carterishness about Israel being apartheid is pure balderdash. Hello! There are countless thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel, there are Palestinian MKs, there are Palestinian professionals with Israeli clients inside Israel, etc. The problem is simple: The UN screwed up when it created two separate states, Israel and Palestine, out of one […]
Acting as Blog Master for the World Against Racism Foundation (WARF), I am a historian specializing in intergroup relations.