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Posted by Harriet Shone

Belgrade LGBT training

In the run-up to Christmas, the International Office worked with liberal sister-parties in Serbia and Bosnia to promote LGBT and women’s rights across the Balkan region.

In early December, I travelled to Belgrade with Ed Fordham, a leading Lib Dem LGBT campaigner, to meet with our sister-party, the Liberal Democrat Party (LDP). With our support, the LDP has set up a Human Rights Council modelled on the Lib Dem LGBT+ Group, as a champion of the LGBT community in Serbia.

Ed and I held a workshop with representatives of the Human Rights Council to hear about their work, building on their role in Belgrade’s first ever gay pride march to proceed without harassment. Together with the Human Rights Council  and LDP trainers, we developed an LGBT curriculum which will be used to equip party members across Serbia with the necessary knowledge and skills to become advocates for LGBT rights.

Reflecting on the progress made during the project, Ed Fordham said:

“This is a unique opportunity to put the rights of the LGBT community at centre-stage on the political agenda. This is one of the first projects of its type in the region and makes an important start to tackling issues surrounding homophobia.”

This project builds on many years of work with the LDP, promoting female representation and youth participation in politics across Serbia. In the coming months, we will be supporting them in rolling out the LGBT curriculum and the continued work of the Human Rights Council.

Meanwhile in Bosnia, the Liberal Democrats took part in a cross-party initiative to increase female representation in politics. Shortly before Christmas, my colleague Nick Thorne, the International Office’s Research Officer, went to Bosnia with Arfan Bhatti, Candidate Liaison & Diversity Officer at HQ, to deliver trainings in communications and blogging to female candidates from our sister-party, Nasa Stranka.

Founded in 2008, Nasa Stranka already has 50% women on its party lists, ahead of the 40% government quota, earning the party its nickname as the ‘women’s party’. It is also one of the only parties in Bosnia to identify itself according to its ideological principles rather than along ethnic or religious lines.

In a meeting at the party HQ, Secretary General Albin Zuhrić said:

“Nasa Stranka has established itself as the leading liberal and socially progressive voice in Bosnia. With continued support from our international partners such as the Liberal Democrats, we will give women an equal voice in Bosnian politics.”

In February, the International Office will return to Bosnia to train female candidates in campaign strategy, helping prepare them for the 2016 Bosnian local elections. We will be looking for a female councillor to take part in a university seminar at Sarajevo university, where they will act as a role model and champion for women in politics. In March, we are bringing a delegation of top female candidates to London, to meet leading Lib Dem women and gain a deeper insight into the Lib Dem campaign for the upcoming general election. The project will also include a training on gender mainstreaming, bringing together political parties and women’s groups from across Europe, to discuss practical steps to incorporate gender issues into the parties’ policies and internal organisation.

If you’re interested in applying to be one our leading trainers in Bosnia, please contact the International Office on international@libdems.org.uk.

Through long-term projects such as these, working with trusted local partners, the Liberal Democrats strive to help under-represented groups become more involved in the political process.

* Harriet Shone is the International Projects Officer in the Liberal Democrats’ International Office.

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Jan. 30th, 2015 08:53 am
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Posted by Tim Worstall

So I get told to stop grumbling:

“It should be noted that GDP measures the value of goods and services produced in a country and is not identical to a company’s revenue. “Apple Is Not As Big As Israel, Greece, Denmark Or Hong Kong, Please, Get A Grip,” grumbled Forbes. But just because GDP is different doesn’t mean the comparison isn’t useful; indeed it highlights an important shift in the power balance between countries and corporations.”

OK, that’s told me then, eh?

But then we get:

“Take Nokia, for example, which accounted for a 4% of the Finnish GDP in 2000 and had 41% of the mobile phone market worldwide in 2006. “

Nokia’s 2006 turnover was of the order of 56 billion euros. Or more than 50% of Finnish GDP in 2000. The difference between 50% and 4% of GDP is quite large isn’t it? So, umm, perhaps they’re not all that great as numbers to compare then, eh?

BTW, Apple as a percentage of US GDP. About 0.6%. Roughly you understand.

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Posted by Mark Pack

This time it’s a would-be Parliamentary candidate Mark Walker who has been dumped in Bromsgrove after spreading racism online:

A would-be UKIP candidate for Bromsgrove has been ruled out of the running after sharing a rant branding mixed-race couples a “plague”…

Originally published by UK-based far-right group Western Spring, it said relationships between races “amount to genocide” and slammed the “plague of inter-racial marriage.”

Walker published and ‘liked’ a link to the mixed race article on his UKIP Facebook page on January 10. The post was accompanied by the message: “Please share far and wide”.

Days later the wannabe MP, a property firm director from Worcester, again used Facebook to circulate a bizarre, rambling message claiming the Israeli secret service Mossad was behind the Charlie Hebdo terror atrocity in Paris.

It also insisted that terror group al-Qaeda does not exist.

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Posted by Andrew Rilstone

Now available as an Ebook

"One Hundred and Forty Characters In Search of An Argument" the shocking broadside that the whole of the internet is talking about is now available in PDF, Epub and Mobi formats.


Adventures on the Delhi Metro

Jan. 30th, 2015 04:52 am
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Posted by Mark Valladares

I could imagine that arriving in a strange city at 6.35 a.m. could be quite stressful, especially one that assaults the senses as Delhi does, with its noise and its poverty. And, even though I am a relatively seasoned traveller, particularly in India, a sleepless night on an aeroplane is not the ideal way to start a trip.

Having booked a hotel some way from the airport, and not being too keen on local taxis - let's just say that the traffic is diabolical, the driving slightly worse - I had decided to try the Metro system, something the locals are quite proud of. So, what do I think?

Well, as a first impression, it lacks a certain something, i.e. ticket machines that work, although a very polite and helpful young man did sell me a token for the Airport Express to New Delhi Railway Station, for the princely sum of 100 Rupees (about £1.10) - very cheap by international standards. It isn't really designed for people with luggage though, as they insist on screening your bag and making you pass through one of those metal detectors.

The train, however, is clean, quick and, surprisingly, rather empty. Mind you, the fare is extortionate by local standards. In just twenty minutes, the train speeds into the centre and, if that had been all that I had to do, it would have been fine. However, I still had two more rides, in the middle of the morning rush, on the equally clean, but rather cheaper and busier normal metro lines.

Stopping only to purchase a 19 Rupees ticket to Rithala, at the end of the Red Line, I then had to join a long queue to pass through security (not very serious but time-consuming, nonetheless). Despite that, the Yellow Line train to Kashmere Gate was pretty quiet. It was there that things got a bit more lively, as the connecting Red Line train was much busier. It had, however, emptied out by the time it arrived at Rithala, where I learned that the locals haven't really got the hang of letting people off of the train first. Confronted with a wall of people, I was obliged to force my way through them, running a few of them over with my luggage in the process.

I did get to my hotel, however, and was checked in by 9.30. So now my game plan is a gentle nap, followed by lunch. The afternoon will sort itself out, I guess...

But Wait…There’s More!

Jan. 30th, 2015 03:04 am
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Posted by Belle Waring

Since the thread is long now and it’s hard to respond to everyone individually, I thought I would post instead.

Objection 1: Chait has real-world examples of PC madness—you don’t even address those!

Counterpoints: In the opening anecdote, a guy wrote a relatively mild, not funny at all anti-feminist satire for the more conservative college paper in which he laughed about majoring in womyn’s studies (LOL), laughed about trigger warnings, and laughed about intersectionality. As if that’s a thing, right!? In response, some college kids egged his door, and the other more left-leaning paper he also wrote for told him they didn’t need his submissions any longer. Also, a thing happened in 1992 with terrifying monster of anti-man towering evil MacKinnon involved tangentially! Look, I’m sorry Chait, nothing in your article should have happened in 1992. (Yes, analogies, I know.)

Then, some people paying $55,000 a year to attend a private college decided they didn’t want one of the architects of the Iraq war to pick up a $100K check to speak at their graduation. Students protested against Condoleeza Rice on these grounds, against the head of the IMF because of its importance as an means of imposing capitalist norms on weakened developing nations, against a man who was most prominently known among the students themselves for a physically brutal crackdown on Occupy protestors at UCBerkeley, and against Ayaan Hirsi Ali, whom many regard as actively anti-Muslim, not just pro-religious-freedom in currently Muslim nations. They may have been neither entirely right nor entirely wrong in all these judgments, but preventing your school from paying money to rich, powerful people is not a form of stifling political correctness.

Also, too, at some schools some professors attach trigger warnings to their syllabi. Uh. I got nothing.

Yet further, a theater group at Mt Holyoke decided not to put on The Vagina Monologues because they felt their trans classmates would feel excluded by this in a visceral way, so they performed an alternative version that solicited first-person-reflections from women who don’t have vaginas also. Yeah, I got nothing here either.

Moving on, Chait reflects that while in the 90s, P.C. merely ruled academia with a brutal hand (thereby casting a long shadow on society to be sure, as we all remember from that dark time) now things are a billion times worse because there is social media. And that means money! Listen to this:

A year ago, for instance, a photographer compiled images of Fordham students displaying signs recounting “an instance of racial microaggression they have faced.” The stories ranged from uncomfortable (“No, where are you really from?”) to relatively innocuous (“ ‘Can you read this?’ He showed me a Japanese character on his phone”). BuzzFeed published part of her project, and it has since received more than 2 million views. This is not an anomaly.

NOT AN ANOMALY. That’s right, 2 million views! Think of the suffering that…ah. The… Well. Mooooving on:

Two and a half years ago, Hanna Rosin, a liberal journalist and longtime friend, wrote a book called The End of Men, which argued that a confluence of social and economic changes left women in a better position going forward than men, who were struggling to adapt to a new postindustrial order. Rosin, a self-identified feminist, has found herself unexpectedly [citation needed—ed.] assailed by feminist critics, who found her message of long-term female empowerment complacent and insufficiently concerned with the continuing reality of sexism. One Twitter hashtag, “#RIPpatriarchy,” became a label for critics to lampoon her thesis.

Her response since then has been to avoid committing a provocation, especially on Twitter. “If you tweet something straight­forwardly feminist, you immediately get a wave of love and favorites, but if you tweet something in a cranky feminist mode then the opposite happens,” she told me. “The price is too high; you feel like there might be banishment waiting for you.”

That’s right. Jonathan Chait’s friend and wife of #slatepitcher non pareil the actual editor of Slate.com wrote a #slatepitchy book in the most intentional fashion imaginable, hoping to sell it with its brave controversial stance. Then, something unbelievably horrible happened, that will make everyone take this PC threat a little more seriously, I hope: someone created a hashtag to make fun of her. Yes. A hashtag. Now, as a result, an intellectually battered Rosin is more careful about what she says on twitter. I will be holding a vigil later in which I hand out candles in dixie cups if anyone wishes to join in.

Shall I make fun of the next bit, where he explains how Marxist politics have taken over the left, and proves this by extensively quoting…MacKinnon from 30 years ago? No, OK? This is all bullshit.

2. Chait doesn’t complain about being criticized on twitter! You are psychoanalyzing him from a distance!

Yes, I am. One must look at this article not in a vacuum but in the context of his very public intellectual life over the past year. When you consider all the points I made with great linkish support below you will see that he is, in fact, crying like a little girl because people have tainted the memory of The “E.T.L.” Republic with their baseless calumny accurate recounting of its many sins against notions of racial equality, economic justice, and human rights for Palestinian people. Also, he got into a very public feud with a black intellectual, and he lost, and he has a lingering sense that people think he lost an argument (in part) about the social significance of racism because he’s a little tiny bit racist. He’s probably equi-racist with me, namely, actively trying not to be racist but sometimes failing and falling back onto unquestioned attitudes baked into our culture. No, see, but he honestly is just a teeny bit more racist in that I would never be presumptuous enough to write a “black people are poor because their culture is messed up” article. (If I somehow got myself there and I were factually rebutted by Ta-Nehesi Coates with rather painful politeness, I would shut up, too.) Chait knows we all think this and it is eating him like acid.

So, I say, again, people who whine like Chait want something special. They don’t want an open forum in which people can say anything they wish, contributing to a culture of free debate. (Re-read the linked article below where he cries about how it’s unfair that supporters of the Iraq War be told to shut up. People saying “shut up” are people saying a thing, surely, and part of a debate, surely?) On the contrary, they publicly lament the days when the lack of the internet meant that white men writing for The “E.T.L.” New Republic were gatekeepers who could shut out any troublesome voices bubbling up from the bottom of society. They think the fact that people can tweet snarky single-sentence takedowns of them is a bad development, and it was better for everyone when we would have had to wait till the next issue and see who made it into the Letters to the Editor. People like Chait also don’t merely want to be allowed to say whatever they wish about whomever they wish for the sake of debate itself. Because he can already say whatever he damn well pleases! Look at him go! What he wants is the right to both say things which are offensive to some people and remain a liberal in good standing once he has said them. This is a stupid right which no one should have. It amounts to calls for lèse-majesté to apply to The Right Sort of Person. He may say, right now, whatever he wishes, and people can say, right now, what they will, and if a great number of people side with his critics this proves they are wrong and are hive-minded Marxists? What if he chances to have said something genuinely offensive or wrong and stupid? Political Correctness would be helpful here surely. Chait wants to say offensive things and not be criticized.

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Posted by Mike Smithson

You can still get 4/1 on him for the nomination

Back in March 2013 Henry G Manson tipped Sadiq Khan to be next London Mayor when the price was 33/1. Henry’s record on Labour matters is usually pretty good and I was amongst many who got on at that price.

Henry’s reasoning was that Khan had, at the time, just been made Labour’s shadow minister or London – a role that would allow him real links with all parts of the party in the capital and a platform to build up his profile.

In last May’s elections Labour’s biggest success was in London and Khan got much of the credit.

Until now Sadiq hasn’t really registered in the regular Evening Standard YouGov London polls but that has now changed with the latest survey. He’s made a big jump as the favoured candidate of London party supporters and now stands just 7% behind Tessa Jowell who probably enjoys greater name recognition. Coverage like that in the latest Standard is going to further Khan’s position.

You can get 4/1 from William Hill on him winning the party nomination and 6/1 as next Mayor. The latter looks particularly tasty.

Once again well done Henry for his advice.

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Posted by Rebecca Watson

Brooklyn 99 is one of the best shows on American TV right now, and in addition to being fucking hilarious, it’s also incredibly diverse. Women get as much screen time as men, the boss is a gay black man (married to Sparks Nevada, dreamy), and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lazy joke based on stereotypes in the show.

Terry Crews plays a thoughtful, sensitive family man, despite being a hulking ex-football player. I’ve loved Crews for a long time, because he seems to have an awesome sense of humor and he seems to be very well-balanced (did you know he’s a talented artist?).

For instance, here’s what he did at the premiere for The Expendables 2:

Terry Crews rocks a bikini

Today, he did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. When someone asked him how he feels about the new all-woman Ghostbusters reboot starring his Drunk History costar Kristin Wiig, Crews responded:

OH! I LOVE KRISTEN! And you know what? First of all, as a card-carrying feminist, I am a BIG feminist, anytime I see women being stars – the stars that they should be, and being featured, and being highlighted, it makes my heart happy.
Because it’s long overdue. Women are great, and funny, and amazing, and smarter than men – for real! – and it’s a reboot that needs to happen. There are SO many good things about that, what can I say? It’s going to be a HIT. And GO LADIES! I’m with you! I can’t wait to make the premiere!

Excuse me, I’ll be over here sighing and watching this gif.

(EDIT: I should mention that I don’t agree with him that women are smarter than men. But the rest is great.)

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Posted by Phil Plait

You live on a whirling ball of rock and metal. As it spins it also revolves around the Sun, and all this is set in a backdrop of thousands of visible but much more distant stars … and on top of that, there are other planets in the solar system moving around as well.

What does all this look like? Why, that’s the very topic of Episode 3 of Crash Course Astronomy: Cycles in the Sky.

When I sat down to write the syllabus (and later the scripts) for this series, the topic of motions in the sky was one I approached with a bit of trepidation. It’s not easy for most folks to picture how all this works; it can be hard to visualize what’s going on, especially when you’re changing your viewpoint from what’s physically happening (the Earth is spinning, the Earth is tilted, the Earth is moving around the Sun) to what you’re seeing from the Earth (stars rise and set, some stars are forever below the horizon from your latitude, stars change their position over the year).

I hope this episode makes this a little bit easier to understand. If it’s still hard to grasp some of this, that’s OK! It’s always hard at first; it was hard for me. I’ve been doing this a long time now though, so I have a lot of experience going outside and seeing how all these celestial gears fit together. It’s actually a fascinating feeling, looking up and knowing that everything is in motion, and it’s all working under the rules of gravity, momentum, geometry … things we can understand and predict. All the parts are working!

And you can be a part of this too. Go outside and look up. And not just tonight, but tomorrow, and the next night, and the next. Keep looking up. Get to know the night sky, its starry denizens, and its motions. It really is an amazing experience.

Wanna watch more Crash Course Astronomy? The playlist is on YouTube.

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Jan. 29th, 2015 05:25 pm
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Posted by Caron Lindsay

When I woke up to an icy white blanket in my garden this morning, my first thought was for all those Liberal Democrat campaigners who are out and about in the freezing cold risking life and limb to talk to voters and get our message across.

I will never be one of them. I am a total wuss where snow and ice are concerned.  Or, to be more accurate, a chionophobic. Ever since a fall on ice meant that I wasn’t able to walk for five months, I don’t do snow or ice if I can possibly avoid it.

My admiration for those who do go out in the horrible white stuff knows no bounds. I had presumed if we had snow in the central belt, that the North East would be under feet of the stuff, but both West Aberdeenshire and Gordon reported bak that they were enjoying beautiful weather. However, Christine had posted a photograph of some lethal looking local pavements last Saturday:

Dyce death trap pavements

South of the border, we find our own Joe Otten  out with a team in Sheffield. They looked very happy in their work:

Joe in Hallam Snow


Here’s Clive Jones, the candidate for Wokingham out happily delivering Focus in the snow:

Clive Jones Wokingham

Richard Marbrow, parliamentary candidate for Oldham East and Saddleworth, and his team even got to proper frolicking in the snow, too. They also got a fantastic reception on the doorsteps in Crompton Ward in Oldham by day

Marbrow canvasses by day


And by night:

Marbrow in the snow at night


Even after all that, they still had the energy for, wait for it, snow angels. Richard told the story on Facebook and gave me permission to share it:

Final session of canvassing today was in Crompton. Went out with a team of 5 people and halfway round we found a big patch of blank snow. Snow angels were suggested and as we were enthusiastically waving our arms and legs around, who should walk around the corner but local Labour MP Debbie Abrahams and her team of one other person canvassing the occasional door.

I have never seen an opponents face fall quite so fast but I honestly don’t know whether it was because we outnumbered her, whether she was getting the same number of Lib Dems on the doorstep as we were, or whether she was upset because she was not having as much fun as we were.

She would have been welcome to join in but maybe snow angels are not her thing. And as she doesn’t live in the constituency she does have a longer drive home than me!

But my absolute hero of today is Grace Goodlad. Yesterday, she was sipping cocktails in 32 degree Egyptian heat. Today, well, not so much. I’m sure not even Chris White’s company can have compensated:

Grace Goodlad and Chris White


If you want your photo of campaigning in the snow added to this or a future post, please send it to voice@libdemvoice.org.

It’s all impressive stuff. My respect to all those hardy campaigners who have been out there spreading the word and I hope they are all at home enjoying hot chocolate with a generous slug of brandy.. Just think how much nicer April showers are going to feel compared to this.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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Posted by Mark Pack

The Liberal Democrat federal conference is returning to Liverpool this spring, and the outline agenda has now been published.

The agenda will be dominated by the manifesto, both an outline manifesto motion and also some areas where policy details need to be agreed to fill in the headlines. Mental health is a good example of the latter.

Note also the consultation session on implementing the party’s move to one-member, one-vote (OMOV). Further motions and amendments on this will be tabled and debated at the Autumn conference rather than in Liverpool.

On Facebook and going to conference? Sign up to the Facebook event here.

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Posted by Caron Lindsay

Nick Clegg appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning. He was in Bristol handing out money as part of the drive to give greater powers to communities and cities.

I have a few words of unsolicited advice for him on his performance.

First up, I do get decentralisation. I’m a liberal. Of course I do. I am not, however, that happy about Nick’s rather melodramatic description of what he was doing as “Taking money out of the clammy hands of bureaucrats in Whitehall and giving it to local communities.” It’s the sort of hyperbolic language that we would rightly have a go at if it came from Farage. These people Nick sees in offices in Whitehall every day presumably take pride in their work and have feelings – and votes. The language is slightly reminiscent of the way he used to speak of our friends in the House of Lords – you remember, the “they just turn up and get £300″ line when actually our lot were working their behinds off.  It’s a bit counter-productive. He actually had a half decent line that he didn’t really need to add to:

Every day in government I’ve been trying to end “Whitehall knows best” culture which has been holding country back for far too long.

Secondly, he needs to get his election message round the other way. When he’s talking about the things we’ve delivered that he’s proud of, like apprenticeships and pensions reform and the raising of the tax threshold, he’s really on it. When he’s doing the managerial stuff about balancing the books and cutting less than the Tories and borrowing less than Labour, whether or not he’s invoking body parts like heart and spine, he’s not quite as engaged. To be honest, neither are we. I appreciate that I’m not the target audience of this message, but, seriously, is there anybody in this country who punched the air over the Corn Flakes because we’re going to balance the books? I know that when you are not one of the major two parties, you have to show how you will moderate the others. It’s not rocket science. We should be showing where our heart is up front, though.

Another quick tip, too. Charlie Stayt had a bit of a go at him when he was talking about a fairer society. Nick was fine on that, saying that he wasn’t taking any pious lectures from the Labour party who only put up the top rate of tax for the last 15 days of their term. Why doesn’t he say, though, that one of the first things the Liberal Democrats insisted on was shoving Capital Gains Tax up by 10% for higher rate taxpayers. We haven’t made nearly enough of that.

All in all, he did fine, but I think a bit of fine tuning could make his message a lot more effective.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

Bad Chart Thursday: Redefining Race

Jan. 29th, 2015 09:18 pm
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Posted by Melanie Mallon

So you want to make a point about Americans’ skewed perceptions of race?

Step One: Don’t use a racist chart. Even if your heart is in the right place. Even if you really, really didn’t mean to be racist while making what you thought was an anti-racism point.

Ashton tweet

Step Two: Educate yourself on what “race” means in the context you’re discussing. At the very least, educate yourself on what “race” does not mean.

For example: Muslim is not a race.

Terrible Race Pie Charts

Corollary to Step Two: Footnotes are not magic wands. Tacking on a note that reads “Assumes respondents define Muslim as neither Black, White, or Hispanic” does not magically transform Muslim into a race. It also doesn’t make sense as an assumption. And it doesn’t explain the presence of “Muslim” in the righthand pie chart, which purportedly shows the actual US population mix.

When you find yourself adding a footnote to explain away a problem with your chart, stop and consider fixing the chart, re-evaluating the information, or not using a chart to make the point in the first place.

Step Three: Avoid racism by omission. According to these charts, including the “actual” population mix chart, Asian Americans do not exist. Neither do Native people or Pacific Islanders. The sources for these charts are given as Gallup, IPSOS Mori, and US Census, so it seems safe to assume that the US Census is the basis for the righthand chart, but that’s clearly not true because of these omissions and because the “white Hispanic or Latino” and “non-white Hispanic or Latino” categories are ignored, with some Hispanic people possibly being counted twice, in the White wedge and in the Hispanic wedge, which might explain in part how on earth that chart totals 100%.

Corollary to Step Three: Don’t use “Average American” when what you mean is “Average White American.” Not only are large groups of people omitted from the results in these charts, they are clearly omitted from the sample who took the survey(s) or we would see them represented in their own estimates of population mix.

Not that I’m convinced that the lefthand chart actually reflects the results of the survey described. I could not find such a survey on Gallup or IPSOS Mori, which could just mean a search fail on my part, but unless the person who tweeted (and created?) these charts responds to the queries about specific sources, we can’t really determine where along the way these mistakes crept in. The closest I can find on Gallup is a series of questions asking people to estimate racial composition where they live, which is very different from estimating the US population. Plus, the numbers don’t match up because the questions were framed as “many, some, only a few, none,” not estimates of percentages.

Step Four: Honestly consider your motivation for making this point in the first place, especially as a white person. Is this tweet, for example, really about furthering the discussion about race and racism in the United States or is it about feeling superior to ignorant racist Americans? It clearly and ironically fails on both counts.

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My PC, while chatting up Hot Marine Wot I'm Trying to Date:

Uh, not to make you feel insecure or anything, Joe! =D

(Embarrassingly, I've mostly forgot what I knew about the Pelopponesian War--I had one class on ancient Greek warfare in college and I still have the notes somewhere, but my memory's terrible.)
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I'm the Chair of the Brighouse branch of the Liberal Democrats & the membership secretary for Calderdale Lib Dems and run the web campaign for the local candidates. I have a job, a stepdaughter and a life.

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