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  • 22 May 2020
    Michael Gavin, Stanley Dubinsky

    Language differences as shibboleths in a pandemic

    In times of crisis, when people experience fear, they often express hostility toward others. They discriminate against people who look like “enemies”. The well-known and shameful internment of Japanese-Americans in World War 2 is such a case. The discrimination against German-Americans in World War 1 was similar. Unlike Japanese-Americans, German-Americans didn’t look much different from […]

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