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Feed Your Head / C. Everett Koop, M.D: Beating a child.
« on: July 20, 2011, 01:36:09 PM »
"There never was a time when a major social problem was solved by beating a child. And there never will be such a time."

"... It is still shocking to me, when people tell me that -- based on the cold, hard statistics -- the greatest potential threat to the average American child is the child's own family and environment... There's still a lot of folklore about "accidents," about fate taking a hand in this or that. In other words, a lot of folklore that relieves adults of responsibility. And changing that totally erroneous mind-set is our most serious challenge. We must not allow the adults of America to "get off the hook" that easily. We need to explain to them and convince them and get them to believe right to the depth of their souls that childhood injuries are no accident... It's time to be honest with ourselves about the way we treat children in general in our society... Children do not automatically get a fair shake in our society, and they should... I do not believe you can separate the phenomenon of childhood injuries from this issue of where children fit in our society. I don't think you can separate childhood injuries from the fact that far too many school systems in this country, with the approval -- tacit or otherwise -- of state law, allow severe physical punishment to be meted out to their students... I've read all those stories in the newspapers and in weekly magazines about the principals who have "cleaned up" their schools by physical force. And I am ashamed for them, for their communities and for any of my fellow Americans who think such principals have the "right idea." They do not. There never was a time when a major social problem was solved by beating a child. And there never will be such a time... For centuries adults have injured children and have lied about it, and other adults have heard those lies and then merely turned away... When a child gets hurt, we must no longer automatically perpetuate the mythology that it must have been the child's fault or that it was the result of another mysterious "accident." Instead of that, we must begin putting the blame where it belongs: perhaps on some other human being -- most likely an adult -- who did the wrong thing unintentionally or intentionally, but not accidentally..."

By C. Everett Koop, M.D

This is a very interesting thread the owner of Orange Papers put together to speak of the abuses at "Boot Camps".

Boot Camps: Children's Gulags or Child Abuse for Fun and Profit
by A. Orange

Recently, the top-ranking staff members of a "troubled children's boot camp" in Arizona were arrested for killing one of the children, basically by abusing and torturing the child to death:

Arizona Boot Camp Director Arrested
Associated Press Writer
February 15, 2002, 6:14 PM EST
PHOENIX — The director of a boot camp for troubled youngsters was arrested on murder and child-abuse charges Friday in the death of a teen-age camper who collapsed in 111-degree heat last summer.

Charles Long II and Ray Anderson are charged in the death of Tony Haynes.
Charles Long II, 56, was also charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pulling a knife on a camper, and marijuana possession, for a quarter-pound of the drug found in his bedroom closet.

The second-degree murder charge was filed over the death of 14-year-old Anthony Haynes. He died July 1 while attending a five-week boot camp operated by the America's Buffalo Soldiers Re-enactors Association.

The medical examiner's office said Haynes died of complications from dehydration and near-drowning — dehydration after being made to stand in the sun for up to five hours, the near-drowning from being left in a motel bathtub, where he had been taken to cool him off.

Two other boot camp staffers also were arrested Friday. Camp sergeant Ray Anderson, 39, was charged with child abuse for allegedly spanking, stomping, beating and whipping more than 14 children. He was also accused of denying them water or shade in the heat.
[The detail not mentioned in this article is that the other staffer, whose name the Sheriff did not release, was actually a 17-year-old boy. He was an assistant staffer, recruited from among the "old-comer" prisoners. He was the one who was in direct command of Anthony Haynes when he died. He was the slave-driver who forced Anthony to stand in the sun until he died. The camp sure trained those kids well, didn't it?]
The camp began operating in 2001 and was closed down by the sheriff's office July 2 after Haynes' death. Investigators said the camp's regimen included forced marches, black uniforms in triple-digit temperatures, harsh discipline and a daily diet limited to an apple, a carrot and a bowl of beans.
-- From the wires of The Associated Press. Copyright © 2002, The Associated Press

What the article doesn't say is that Anthony Haynes' death was actually worse than described — he was slowly tortured to death over a period of several days. Only when he was obviously dying did the staff take him to a motel and try to cool him off. And then, as if that weren't enough, when the bathtub full of cold water that he nearly drowned in didn't revive Anthony Haynes, Charles Long declared that Anthony was faking it and ordered that he be brought back to the camp, not taken to a hospital...

FYI: All of those temperatures that they tell you, like "111-degree heat", are measured in the shade. When you are hiking in the blazing desert summer sun, the temperature is much hotter.
And standing in the sun in a black uniform for hours is crazy, simply insane. That will cook you to death.
And then denying the kid drinking water guarantees death.

Earlier, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio had called what happened at Long's camp "organized torture towards children."

Some children in the summer program now say they were punched, kicked and forced to eat dirt for minor infractions such as failing to stand up straight. Campers say they had bruised ribs from an exercise in which they were ordered to lie on their backs while counselors ran across their chests in boots.

"We were thrashed around, kicked, punched," said David Mandraes, 17, of Peoria, even though "nobody had done anything wrong." In addition to closed-fist punches, he and other camp participants were "elbowed, kneed, anything you can think of, they did it," he said.

One 13-year-old girl camper says females faced additional harassment, and that counselors (who liked to be addressed as "sergeant") called her "whore" and "prostitute." "They asked me how much I charged," she said.

One participant in the camp near Buckeye, Justin Boe, 16, of Phoenix, said drill instructors sometimes forced campers to lie on their backs "in the cockroach position," with their arms and legs in the air at 90-degree angles. Boe said the instructors would then stomp the campers' chests and pour mud on them, forcing them to swallow it. "Every time I closed my mouth, he (one instructor) told me, 'Open it!'" Boe said. "He would start stomping harder. Even if I spit out dirt, he told me to swallow. After, I was coughing up rocks for about four hours."

Sheriff Arpaio called the allegations "horrific" and shut down the camp. He also launched parallel investigations, one into the death of Tony Haynes, which he described as "suspicious," and the other into allegations of abuse at the camp. "Why would you take somebody who may be sick to a hotel and then bring that person back?" Arpaio asked. "These are questions we have to find out."

Bill Lanford, who led paramedics to the camp in a futile attempt to save the life of Anthony Haynes, said that many of the children were crying when they arrived. He said: "It was very disturbing. We were working and the counselors were more interested in disciplining the kids."

In an editorial, July 7, 2001, The Arizona Republic newspaper commented:

You need not endure the horrific stories of kids being forced to eat dirt, of kids being beaten, kicked and shackled to each other through the night, to recognize that a bizarre madness reigned at the American Buffalo Soldier camp near Buckeye.

You wouldn't even have had to know that 14-year-old Tony Haynes died at the camp last Sunday, thrashing in agony in 112-degree heat, likely of dehydration and exposure.

Rather, the fact of the camp's very existence is evidence enough of unrestrained lunacy. Why were 45 kids ages 7 to 17 even out there in the blistering Arizona heat, scarcely supervised and with virtually no refuge from the elements and little nourishment?

The answer simply is that there was no oversight of this "tough love" abomination. There was no one to tell "Colonel" Chuck Long, the camp's operator, that he wasn't exercising "tough love." He was exercising sadistic brutality.

Tony Haynes was definitely a troubled youth. His mother said that he took medication for depression, hyperactivity and anger. He had a history of acting out and being troublesome. Still, I can't help but wonder: Just what kind of a crime does a child have to commit to deserve to be made to eat dirt and then deprived of drinking water in the blazing desert summer sun until he drops dead?

Well, for Anthony Haynes, it was: He slashed the tires on his mother's car to keep from going back to the Buffalo Soldiers camp again.

Say what?

Well, it turns out that Tony Haynes had already been going to various Saturday programs and a couple of three-day weekends at the Buffalo Soldiers camp since March, 2001. So Anthony Haynes had already tasted Charles Long's torture and abuse — his "tough love" — and he obviously hated it, because he fought to keep from going back for more. When he slashed his mom's tires in June to avoid going to a Saturday camp, Charles Long suggested the five-week summer endurance program and offered a sponsorship to pay his way.

"He was going to take his punishment like a man," said Tony's father, Gettis Haynes Jr., of Hannibal, Mo., who last spoke to his son the night before he left for camp. "I didn't think dying was included in that."

Note the inadvertent admission that the camp was used for punishment, not rehabilitation. When parents send their kids to such prison camps, they usually rationalize their actions by saying that the camp is supposed to be "character-building", and "improve the kids' attitudes", and "give them a fresh start", or "give them a new lease on life". Not in this case. The boot camp was punishment that Tony was supposed to "take like a man."

Gettis Haynes said Monday that he "wholeheartedly" blames the camp for his son's death. And he blames himself for sending him. "At the time, I thought I was doing the right thing. It was probably the biggest mistake I ever made in my whole life," Haynes said. "These are children. These aren't soldiers. They're not grown men. They don't have grown men stamina. They don't have grown men strength."

Mr. Haynes was confused about the issues involved there. It wasn't a matter of the victim being a man or a child. What was done to Anthony Haynes was blatantly illegal abuse and torture, and murder. It would have been illegal, immoral, unethical, and unconstitutional even if it had been done to an adult. Heck, it's even a violation of the Geneva Convention rules for the treatment of prisoners of war.

The Buffalo Soldiers' web site still (as of 11 Apr 2006) brags about their methods of rehabilitating children:

The mission of Fort Flipper, America's Buffalo Soldiers CAPSAG Encampment is to create a highly disciplined arena not designed to keep students entertained but to bring them back to reality where they can function like responsible young people. ABSRA helps students be accountable for their actions whether they like it or not.
"Fort Flipper", at (Dead Link. Domain Name is now owned by
Not only was there no oversight, but nobody ever checked out "Colonel" Chuck Long's background, or asked about his qualifications to be a child counselor or run a "tough love" child rehabilitation camp.

It turns out that Charles Long had a history of criminal violence and shady dealings:

Charles "Chuck" Long II, the camp's operator, was investigated in the year 2000 over allegations of child abuse at a boot camp on the Fort Apache Reservation in Whiteriver.

In July 2000, some youths in Long's program claimed they had been kicked, choked and subjected to other cruelty by drill instructors. Fort Apache officials imposed stricter standards and Long responded by moving the camp off of the tribe's land.

Fort Apache's Tribal Council first ordered the boot camp closed while federal officials launched a criminal investigation. That order was rescinded after Long's backers rushed to the Buffalo Soldiers' defense. Still, council spokeswoman Chadeen Palmer said Long pulled up stakes because he could not accept conditions imposed by the tribe.

Ed Hall, a spokesman for the FBI, said the agency completed the investigation and forwarded it to the U.S. Attorney's Office, which declined to pursue the case. The Justice Department also declined to pursue possible civil rights violations.

In 1989, according to Phoenix police, Long was arrested after using a sledgehammer to break down the door of a residence occupied by his ex-girlfriend.

In 1991, Long was arrested again for punching the woman during a dispute over their 3-year-old son. According to court records, the woman told police Long had previously abused her and their child. He was fined and put on probation.

On 1992 resumes, Long claimed a political science degree from Wilberforce University in Ohio. A university spokeswoman said Long never earned a degree. Long also claimed to be a former director of the National Academy of Broadcasting. A letter from the academy says there is no record of his employment.

Long had originally founded the Buffalo Soldiers Re-Enactors Association to provide troops for a movie that he wanted to make, based on a screenplay titled Cry Vengeance, about Black cavalrymen who served as Indian fighters in the late 1800s. Long failed to produce the movie Cry Vengeance, leaving some investors crying foul.

Then, for a while, the Buffalo Soldiers Re-Enactors Association focused on education, appearing in parades and delivering school talks, and acting as honor guards for visiting politicians in Arizona.

Charles Long II with a young politician from Texas named George. W. Bush

Then, Long added a new twist: programs for troubled kids. Long claimed that it was Gen. Colin Powell who suggested that he go into the children's boot camp business.

Again, the Buffalo Soldiers' web site brags:

After coming to Arizona, ABSRA's Colonel "Chuck" Long was asked by General Colin Powell to use America's Buffalo Soldiers' desire, dedication and discipline existing in its adult program to additionally give something back to the community by helping America's youth and adolescents with difficult and often times, violent histories; to redirect their considerable negative energy in a positive and productive manner — so was born and added the present America's Buffalo Soldiers CAPSAG Youth Programs for America's Promise. Because of Long's attendance and experience at Hall of Divine Child Military Academy (Monroe, Michigan), St. Thomas Military Academy (St. Paul, Minnesota) and the United States Marine Corps, ABSRA's Colonel Long believed that with a military style boot camp discipline program, these troubled youths could be taught and redirected to become positive members of society rather than lost souls, troubled teenagers and some future baby face criminals of America.

Colonel Long's philosophy, stemming from America's Buffalo Soldiers' history of adversity, was to teach these youth Sacrifice, Honor, Respect, Desire, Dedication and Discipline. Starting with honor and respect for themselves and a belief that if one respects himself or herself, he or she will then deal with and treat others with that same respect.
"Bulletin", at . (Dead Link. Domain Name is now owned by

Harlan Robinson, a 74-year-old veteran of World War II, who once served in the Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th cavalries, said most of the unit quit years ago out of disgust over Long's financial dealings and management style. "He's got a lot of B.S.," Robinson said. "...He always needed money for this, that and the other. ... To tell you the truth, I didn't like him very much."

On several occasions, creditors have accused Long of financial misconduct. In 1993, Pamela Abbott and Darryl Khalid of Phoenix sued Long, alleging that he failed to pay about $25,000 they invested in a failed attempt to produce Cry Vengeance, and for a Wild West show. Long denied owing the money and filed a countersuit. The Superior Court case was dismissed. But Abbott and Khalid won a partial judgment in small-claims court and began investigating Long's background. They encountered a trail of civil judgments and fraud claims, plus the dubious resume. Abbott and Khalid asked the state Attorney General's Office to investigate, but were informed that the case was not big enough.

"To me, that man doesn't have any integrity," Khalid said. "You can't have a leader like that."

Charles Franklin Long II identifies himself as a "Colonel" in the Buffalo Soldiers 10th Cavalry. He has claimed to be a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, a former police officer, and a stunt double.

Fact: Long may have given himself the rank of "Colonel" for the purpose of kicking children, but Newsweek magazine reported in their July 16, 2001, issue that his real rank while he was in the service was Lance Corporal.

On Aug 24, 2001, Charles Long II announced that he was recruiting new staff members and preparing to launch another camp the following month. Long maintained that the camps help to steer children in the right direction.

"We are coaches in helping young people get through life," Long said. "Trying to be the nice guy doesn't work with some."

Long said he has no regrets about incorporating "tough love" boot camps into the Buffalo Soldiers Re-Enactors Association, an organization that he says he founded to honor the contribution of African-American soldiers who served in the Spanish-American War and other military campaigns.

"I never have, and I never will," Long said. "No matter what happens, my goal is to die doing this. When I started this, it was about faith, not sight. It was in order to keep the history alive, and pass it along to our youth."

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said there was nothing he could do to stop Long. Well, actually, the Sheriff did find one thing: in February, 2002, he arrested Long for child abuse and murder, and put him in jail, where he still sits, in lieu of bail.

On February 21, 2002, camp counselor Troy A. Hutty pled guilty to negligent homicide in the death of Anthony Haynes in a plea arrangement that stipulates that Hutty will receive probation. Prosecutors explained the deal by saying that they wanted to get the truth in the case. It sounds like a deal for testimony against Charles Long II. At least, that's what Long said.

On March 5, 2002, Charles Long II announced that he was really angry about the unfairness of the situation. (See The Arizona Republic 03-05-2002.) He had been arrested in front of his children, he complained.

"My wife has suffered severely," he said. "Neighbors don't look at me the same way. ... (Deputies) arrested me in front of my 13-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. My son will see that the rest of his life."

Long didn't speak of the boy who died in his care, however, or of the effect that it had on the Haynes family, or of what Anthony Haynes saw for the rest of his short life.

UPDATE: Charles Long II was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 6 years in prison. His assistant Troy Hutty got off by testifying against Long. Long complained that it was unfair and Anthony's death wasn't his fault. Long's macho lectures to the children about "taking responsibility for your actions" were forgotten.

Note that convictions of such child-killers are very rare. Such child abusers are almost never held responsible for their actions. (It's the kids' fault for being "bad".)

Thanks to a friends @ Reddit

Courthouse News Service

Mothers Say Boy Scout 'Boot Camp' Subjected Kids to Litany of Abuses

LOS ANGELES (CN) - Two mothers say a Boy Scouts "boot camp" subjected their children to "corporal punishment and other physical abuse, including blows to the head ... emotional and psychological abuse and humiliation," hooding, and denial of sleep, food, water and medical care - even after one child began urinating blood.

Isn't this where the conditioning/stereotyping starts?? ... 86938.html
Ecerpt from the article (first 3 paragraphs)

"At the "Egalia" preschool, staff avoid using words like "him" or "her" and address the 33 kids as "friends" rather than girls and boys.

From the color and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail has been carefully planned to make sure the children don't fall into gender stereotypes."

"Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing," says Jenny Johnsson, a 31-year-old teacher. "Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be."

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Sea ORG Refuge / Scientology Enemies List Revealed (PHOTOS)
« on: June 24, 2011, 07:14:34 PM »
(excerpt from the Huffington Post)

"A former high ranking Scientologist, Marty Rathbun, posted what he says is an internal document from The Office of Special Affairs -- the religion's secretive intelligence arm, reports The Village Voice.

While Rathbun left the church in 2004, the document was just posted on his personal blog this month and it's dated 2010. It's a lengthy list of people the church considers "disaffected, enemy connected, psychotic, etc." and are not to be invited to any of the Church's events.

The list is long, but on it are some familiar names who, it's no surprise, are some of Scientology's most vocal critics."

This is the link from Huffington Post: ... ark_Bunker

This is a link from the Village Voice (Marty Rathbun frequents:) ... gys_en.php

This is Marty Rathbun Blog:

This is a PDF of the list he got his hands on: (The Enemy List) ... oopers.pdf

37 ... l?_r=2&hpw
excerpt from article:
"Leary, who died in 1996, coined the phrase “Turn on, tune in, drop out” and was labeled by Richard M. Nixon as “the most dangerous man in America.” He was present in Zelig-like fashion at some of the era’s epochal events. Thousands of letters and papers from Ginsberg, Aldous Huxley, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Charles Mingus, Maynard Ferguson, Arthur Koestler, G. Gordon Liddy and even Cary Grant — an enthusiastic LSD user — are in the boxes."

Alan Ginsberg said, “The first time I took psilocybin — 10 pills — was in the fireside social setting in Cambridge,” Ginsberg wrote in a blow-by-blow description of his experience taking synthesized hallucinogenic mushrooms at Leary’s stately home. At one point Ginsberg, naked and nauseated, began to feel scared, but then “Professor Leary came into my room, looked in my eyes and said I was a great man.”

Facility Question and Answers / Edgemeade Virginia
« on: June 16, 2011, 10:33:08 PM »
This came up in a conversation on a Elan Facebook site. The grisly tale he told of his stay there was by far one of the worst I have heard. He was asking for more info. I told him I would help. If folks can point me in the right direction I'll do the research, I just can't find anything yet. I have spoken with Ursus and he will get to it when he can, that's all one can ask of another. Maybe somebody else has heard of something.

Osama Bin Laden Killed While Sitting On Toilet, Nation Likes To Imagine ... nat,20302/

NEW YORK—Osama bin Laden, 54-year-old leader of the international terrorist group al-Qaeda and mastermind of the 9/11 attacks that took nearly 3,000 American lives in 2001, was killed early Monday morning in Pakistan while sitting on the toilet, the U.S. populace took great pleasure in imagining today. “Just thinking about the stupid look on that evil bastard’s face when those Navy SEALs kicked in the bathroom door and started blasting away—it’s so totally priceless,” said Queens, NY resident Rachel Sumner, one of 311 million Americans who reveled in a fictional scenario in which bin Laden met his gruesome and humiliating end while sitting on the commode, humming to himself, and reading a newspaper. “And him frantically trying to pull up his boxer shorts seconds before some badass Special Forces guy blows his head off—ha, ha! What a fucking moron.” Some Americans have disputed this fabricated version of bin Laden’s death, explaining they prefer to imagine the terrorist leader being surprised by Navy SEALs while wearing bright red lipstick, trying on ladies’ clothing, sashaying in front of a full-length mirror, and saying,
“Who’s the prettiest little girl? Osama's the prettiest little girl!”

Open Free for All / Waynes Financial Motives.
« on: April 01, 2011, 11:01:46 PM »

Open Free for All / Status Elan 2010
« on: March 24, 2011, 07:06:23 PM »

Elan School / Elan will be officially closed as of 4/1/11
« on: March 23, 2011, 08:54:20 PM »
Elan is closing due to a negative campaign from the internet according to Sharon Terry, Owner of Elan.

Open Free for All / Impersonator/Parody of DannyB II
« on: December 18, 2010, 07:03:29 PM »

Son of Serbia, pay attention; this is for you. My present to your socio-educational bank. ... or-sexist/

The Authentic Self: How Do You Know If You're 'Really' Racist or Sexist?

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Related topics: implicit association test, implicit bias, Mental Health, Psychology, racism, Son of Serbia, sexism

In a world of constant scrutiny and infinite memory, what once might have been a fleeting moment of lost control can easily become a life-shattering scandal. Just ask Rick Sanchez, the CNN anchor who was recently fired, after making comments during a satellite radio interview that many considered to be anti-Semitic.

The Cuban-American journalist has since apologized for his remarks, and suggested that exhaustion from overwork was to blame for his inappropriate comments. He described the statements that got him fired as wrong, careless and offensive — and as an uncharacteristic misstep, the result of a transient state of extreme emotion and fatigue rather than a reflection of any deep-seated biased beliefs. (More on How Not to Feel Lonely in a Crowd)

The argument is an interesting one, and one that psychologists have pondered for years. Who is the authentic self — the rude or bigoted person who may come out when we're drunk or enraged or exhausted? Or the person we are the other 99% of time, when sobriety allows us to tamp down our unsavory impulses?

Recent advances in research offer new insight into long-standing questions about the authentic self. One such technique known as the Implicit Association Test (IAT) was developed in the mid-1990s by a Yale student and her advisor. Back then, although psychologists knew that people's self-accounts of their own motivations and beliefs were incomplete, there was no way to measure unconscious processing. "It became clear that we needed to think about alternative ways of understanding the mind because people don't always say what they think and even more, people don't know what they think," says Mahzarin Banaji, who co-created the IAT and is now a professor of psychology at Harvard.

The IAT — which involves categorizing words and faces — is based on the simple premise that harder tasks take longer to do. So, for example, if a person is slower at pairing positive attributes with African Americans than with whites, it would suggest that he or she has an implicit bias against blacks. The test has been adapted to measure virtually every type of bias, including race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and even tendency toward suicide. (More on 'It Gets Better': Wisdom From Grown-Up Gays and Lesbians to Bullied Kids)

By themselves, these unconscious associations are perhaps interesting but not especially useful. Data suggest that about 88% of white Americans and a startling 48% of African Americans show a bias in favor of whites on this test, but that doesn't mean all respondents who show implicit bias engage in actual discrimination. Indeed, it doesn't even mean that all respondents who show implicit bias actually harbor bias; they may simply be reflecting cultural knowledge of stereotypes or mere familiarity.

But regardless of the nature of the unconscious bias, in many cases it does affect behavior. "Some [implicit bias], at least, is coming from living in a world that's unequal and a world that's racially stratified. Those correlations are there and they're real and they influence how we think. That can in turn influence perception and action," says Jennifer Eberhardt, an associate professor of psychology at Stanford.

In April a study published in the journal Psychological Science found that faster associations on the IAT between self and death predicted suicide attempts better than known risk factors like depression. People with high levels of such associations were six times more likely to attempt suicide within six months than people who did not exhibit the same bias.

In a 2007 study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, doctors with high implicit bias against blacks were less likely to recommend clot-busting drugs to treat heart disease in hypothetical scenarios with black patients. Meanwhile, real-world research finds that doctors are twice as likely to recommend these potentially life-saving drugs to white patients than black patients, so it's possible that bias could partly account for the difference. (More on Were You Born This (Un)Happy, or Did You Marry Into It?)

The effects are even measurable in election results, according to author and journalist Shankar Vedantam, whose book, The Hidden Brain, explores unconscious motivations. "If you look at Congressional districts, if you tell me what the unconscious racial biases are, I will generally be able to tell you whether they will elect a Republican or a Democrat," he says. Although the effect of unconscious bias isn't huge, in close races it can make a difference.

But do the results of the IAT really mean that most whites and nearly half of all blacks are "really" racists in their hearts? "I stay away from the words 'true' and 'real.' But the question is a good one: when Michael Richards loses it, I do think it is showing us a side of him that he is otherwise better able to keep under wraps," says Banaji, referring to the Seinfeld actor and comedian, who in an infamous 2006 episode unleashed racial slurs against black members of his audience in a comedy club. "I don't think it is deception. I think we all have these things in our heads to some extent and we are just good at controlling them."

Banaji, who is Indian, says she was surprised to find that the IAT revealed her own bias against people of color.

A fascinating series of studies shows how easy it can be to lose grip on that self-control. For example, as people age, their ability to inhibit impulses is reduced, a loss of control that may be associated with an increased expression of racism. In one study, elderly participants whose mental focus was purposefully disrupted by a laboratory distraction task were found to be more likely to make biased remarks. Interestingly, however, providing rapid fuel to the brain decreases the expression of bias:  in another study, adults who drank lemonade containing real sugar expressed fewer homophobic sentiments than those who were given Splenda-sweetened lemonade.*

This is no argument for drinking full-sugar beverages, but it does suggest that transient states — like, say, drunkenness or hunger — can affect a person's self-control. Basically, more brain power can mean less prejudice.

A person's attitude toward bias may help reduce it as well. Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford, and her colleagues recently published a study illustrating why some people confront racism and others do not. Dweck found that those who believed racism was a permanent characteristic ("that person is a racist") were four times less likely to confront research assistants who made racist statements than those who saw racism as changeable ("that person just acted in a racist manner"). (More on "Mompetition": Why You Just Can't Make Mom Friends).

"People who believe that personality is malleable, that you can really influence other people are the ones who [speak up]. They understood that this might be a person with misconceptions who needed education. They kept an open mind," says Dweck.

That attitude applies to people's own behavior as well. "People who think prejudice is fixed really seek to avoid interracial situations because they think if it comes out of them, it will show that they're permanently prejudiced," says Dweck.

Further, Dweck's study found that it's relatively easy to get people to change their views about the changeability of racism, at least in the short term. After researchers asked participants to read a report emphasizing studies showing that people can change, they were 20% to 25% more likely to say they would confront prejudice.

But the question remains, who is the authentic you? Although overt racism and sexism are no longer socially acceptable, that doesn't mean people have stopped harboring the underlying prejudices. They will make mistakes and let things "leak out" they shouldn't say, says Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, an assistant professor of psychology at Columbia. "Does that make them racist? My perspective is that it's more complicated, to label someone as racist or not or sexist or not is not really productive," she says. "It's not that there's a private self that's real and a public self that is a facade."

Rather, as Purdie-Vaughns sees it, we have two systems operating in our brains, one slow and deliberate, which we show publicly, and one that probably evolved to help us make rapid choices, which often reflects culturally acquired information and tends to cause less thoughtful behavior. (More on Psychology vs. Psychiatry: What's the Difference, and Which Is Better?)
Fortunately, a large body of research shows that simply acting in a way that reflects particular values can strengthen belief in those values. If we want our "real" selves and our ideal selves to line up, we have to behave in a more egalitarian fashion — even if at first that means simply pretending not to be carrying the heavy, disturbing and uncomfortable cultural baggage that we are.

Son of Serbia, you are fortunate I still like you, that I am willing to teach you lessons. Please pay extra attention to this paragraph above and take heed. The power of your mind, your real self (the one you displayed all day today, boo!) and the ideal self (the one I carry for you, Yeah!) let them meld, behave in a more egalitarian fashion. Fake it till you make it.

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It seems that we have behavior here on fornits that resembled antics used at programs these adults were once in. We have a parent of a child (daughter) who at one time was in a program, successfully completed that program and has since gone on to have a great life. WEll it seems several posters have a had a problem with this particular parent and have made it there mission to make his life miserable (they are not) on this site.
The person we are talking about is Whooter.  Whooter for the longest time has held views about the TTI that are pretty much mainstream, not inclined to be to far left or right. Has never endorsed abuse of any kind and always acknowledged that programs of the past may of had methods that were grounded in abuse. Yet also like many knew programs were evolving and that children were getting better care today in 2010 then 30 years ago.
Well it seems for these views he has been isolated by many members here and subjected to relentless attacks of person and family. Many of these attacks were down right personal against his daughter, questioning his daughters status after she left the program, saying she was a drunk and a dope head. They went even further and made up a story of a factious son who had committed suicide and that it was his fault. Now lets say this was true, why would people who feel they were abused do such a horrible thing to someone.
Well the members who have lead these attacks today started a thread attacking Whooter again. These members are Son of Serbia,  Watchful Yeoman and Ursus, they are presenting their interpretation of posts Whooter posted in defense of a women who was being abused, such like Whooter.
Whooter went on to say he had a son as the women did and that he could understand her pain she was experiencing with him. He did this as gesture of kindness because the women was being verbally attacked for her beliefs, so she would not feel alone.
Now everyone who knows Whooter knows he does not have a son but for spiteful reasons they chose to jump on this post and exploit it and call Whooter a liar. They know he does not have a son.
Now Ursus, Watchful Yoemen and Son of Serbia have been known and prone to attacking Whooter at will, for reasons only they know. "Perception can be a isolated thought/vision held with prejudice if not opened to the masses".
Whooter does not hold their views and they find this to be unacceptable so therefore he must be punished, read their current posts, read their past posts.
This is a troubling development in this industry because it is called suppression of different ideas and thoughts. If members can gang up on other members with opposing or just different thoughts and humiliate them, then in essence what we have is down right bullying. Cyber bullying.
They are manipulating this web site for their own personal thoughts and ideas.
Programs used to be like this wide spread, as children we were oppressed, suppressed, manipulated and coerced, called liars and did not have a voice. Staff at these programs were intolerant of anything that was different, I know I was Staff at a young age I saw it first hand.

Now I do not believe the administration of this Web Site endorses this, as a matter of fact they don't. They also do not usually get involved in this type of quarrels between members.
I just felt are readers needed to know the other side of the story concerning Whooter and what some posters decide to do with their free time.

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