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Readers Accuse Councilperson Siobhan Winograd of being the Village “Karen”

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Ridgewood NJ, readers accuse Councilperson Siobhan Winograd of being the Village “Karen” .

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League of Conservation Voters endorses United States Congressman Josh Gottheimer

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Upper Saddle River NJ ,in another case of Democratic immunity ie “white privilege”  the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund endorsed United States Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) for reelection. With more than two million members across thirty states, LCV is one of the most prominent environmental advocacy organizations in the country.

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White Privilege ,Civility and the “Victimhood Culture” in Bergen County

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October 23,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, In the paper , “The Rise of Victimhood Culture.” by Conor Friedersdorf  , Friedersdorf explains, Americans previously settled conflicts within the frameworks of the “honor” and “dignity” cultures:

“In honor cultures like the Old West or the street gangs of West Side Story, they might engage in a duel or physical fight. In dignity cultures, like the ones that prevailed in Western countries during the 19th and 20th Centuries, ‘insults might provoke offense, but they no longer have the same importance as a way of establishing or destroying a reputation for bravery,’ they write. ‘When intolerable conflicts do arise, dignity cultures prescribe direct but non-violent actions.’”

But now, we have the victimhood culture. Quoting Campbell and Manning, Friedersdorf explains this as

“characterized by concern with status and sensitivity to slight combined with a heavy reliance on third parties. People are intolerant of insults, even if unintentional, and react by bringing them to the attention of authorities or to the public at large. Domination is the main form of deviance, and victimization a way of attracting sympathy, so rather than emphasize either their strength or inner worth, the aggrieved emphasize their oppression and social marginalization.

Victimhood cultures emerge in settings, like today’s college campuses, “that increasingly lack the intimacy and cultural homogeneity that once characterized towns and suburbs, but in which organized authority and public opinion remain as powerful sanctions,” they argue. “Under such conditions complaint to third parties has supplanted both toleration and negotiation. People increasingly demand help from others, and advertise their oppression as evidence that they deserve respect and assistance. Thus we might call this moral culture a culture of victimhood … the moral status of the victim, at its nadir in honor cultures, has risen to new heights.”

According to the paper, the following social conditions allow the victimhood culture to get a foothold:

Self-help in the form of dueling or fighting is not an option.

“The availability of social superiors—especially hierarchical superiors such as legal or private administrators—is conducive to reliance on third parties.”

Campaigns aimed at winning over the support of third parties are likeliest to occur in atomized environments, like college campuses, where one cannot rely on members of a family, tribe or clan to automatically take one’s side in a dispute.

Since third-parties are likeliest to intervene in disputes that they regard as relatively serious, and disputes where one group is perceived as dominating another are considered serious by virtue of their aggregate relevance to millions of people, victimhood culture is likeliest to arise in settings where there is some diversity and inequality, but whose members are almost equal, since “a morality that privileges equality and condemns oppression is most likely to arise precisely in settings that already have relatively high degrees of equality.”

In simple terms the members of the victimhood culture operate within a relatively privileged and sheltered environment and try to solve conflicts in a childish fashion by tattling to authority figures so that they may gloat over their perceived aggressors.

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Emmanuel Baptist Church
January 8,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Emmanuel Baptist Church will hold a forum on the quest for racial justice and human rights on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. in the Peace Lounge following the monthly non-fundraising Community Pasta Dinner. Forum participants will view Tim Wise’s Video (Part 2): “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America” and discuss civil rights in America.Donald Wheeler, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Sociology and Global Studies, Kean University, and Senior Advisor, New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability, will lead the discussion. Pre-registration for the Peace and Justice Forum is not required.

The Community Pasta Dinner starts at 6:00pm in Heritage Hall. Suggested donation is $4 per adult and $2 per child. Since there is limited space, it is suggested that you reserve their seat by calling the Church office at 201-444-7300.

Emmanuel, founded in 1891, is celebrating its 125th Anniversary Year. Emmanuel is located at 14 Hope Street, at the corner of Hope Street and East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. The building is ADA accessible and all are invited to attend.