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posted by takyon on Saturday September 19 2020, @12:17AM   Printer-friendly
from the september-surprise dept.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died Friday. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.

The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her home in Washington surrounded by family. She was 87.

"Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice."

Architect of the legal fight for women's rights in the 1970s, Ginsburg subsequently served 27 years on the nation's highest court, becoming its most prominent member. Her death will inevitably set in motion what promises to be a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, and it thrusts the Supreme Court vacancy into the spotlight of the presidential campaign.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

 
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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Azuma Hazuki 2.0 on Saturday September 19 2020, @10:10AM (1 child)

    by Azuma Hazuki 2.0 (12884) on Saturday September 19 2020, @10:10AM (#1053388) Journal

    Analagous to a dog whistle, which produces a humans can't hear, "dogwhistling" in politics is the use of coded or euphemistic phrases that have a clearly-understood meaning to the base...which, like Pavlov's dog, more often than not has an automatic, unthinking reaction to it involving foaming at the mouth or at least drooling.

    Example: as the Civil Rights movement wore on, a lot of the hardcore racists learned that you can't outright call people "nigger" and win votes anymore. So they changed their terminology to things like "urban youth," "thugs," "forced busing," "inner-city culture," and so forth. Looks different on the surface, but the red-meat red-state base hears the double-G loud and clear.

    Several of the...ahem...more doctrinaire Democrat posters on this site do the exact same thing. Once you spot it a few times it becomes obvious, and also infuriating, because they think everyone outside their base is too stupid to know what they're doing.

    Let's stop the dogwhistling. I want to see the word "nigger" used more often on this site. Democrats should own their racism. I'm happy to own my racism.

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  • (Score: 0, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @06:14PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @06:14PM (#1053599)

    My racism is about improving myself and helping my race. I try not to focus on the problems of other races so much. Though i will use derogatory terms for other races when angered, but i try to give individuals the benefit of the doubt when the situation allows it.