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PostCritical Race Theory...What About Critical Height Theory? (Jordi Molins, -Spain, 11/08/21 11:07 am)
John Eipper has opened Pandora's Box on Critical Race Theory.
Why are some forms of discrimination publicly accepted to exist, while others are not? For example, it can be argued that short men are heavily discriminated against. Short men have lower income, attain worse educational levels, and have more difficulty finding a satisfying sexual partner. There is no single advantage in being a short man. However, our society does not believe we have to "amend this injustice." Even more surprisingly, short men do not publicly complain about their status (even though for sure they could).
The same could be said about overweight people. But overweight people have at least the possibility to reverse their condition. A short man has no way to escape his fate.
How should we measure discrimination? How do we rank humans in ascending order of injustice/preference?
Full disclosure: I am a short man (at least, by American standards).
JE comments: I know of one advantage. Flying on Spirit Airlines is merely uncomfortable for the short. For tall people, it's tantamount to Inquisitorial torture, albeit with water available "for purchase."
Jordi, you are correct. In the US, the taller presidential candidate almost always wins, although Biden is slightly less tall than Trump. I say "less tall," because Uncle Joe stands an impressive six feet. We'll really put this hypothesis to the test if all 5 feet, 2 inches of Kamala Harris ever runs. She will almost assuredly be the spatially disadvantaged one.
Short People and Chicago Politics
(David Duggan, USA
11/09/21 3:50 AM)
Jordi Molins and John E wrote about the political advantages of tall people. But what about poseurs such as Rahm Emanuel, Richard M. Daley (King Richard II), and "Lockdown" Lori Lightfoot (who probably doesn't clear 5').
Of course, this is only about mayors of Chicago, which at one point had Big Bill Thompson as mayor, some 6 feet and 300 lbs.
JE comments: Mayor Lightfoot stands 5' 1", and Rahm Emanuel is 5' 7".
How many knew that LBJ was 6' 4" tall, every bit as towering as Lincoln? Or that George W Bush was some three inches shorter than his father? Here's something I suspect about Google: enter "Person X height" and you usually get an inch or two taller than reality.
We Americans elect tall guys to lead us. Contrast Clinton-Obama-Trump-Biden, all over 6 feet, with Putin at 5' 7". His spiritual predecessor Stalin was just 5' 5".