Rankism is what people who take themselves for “somebodies” do to those they mistake for “nobodies.” Whether directed at an individual or a group, rankism aims to put targets in their place and keep them weak so they will do as they’re told and submit to being taken advantage of.
|By: robertwfuller Thursday July 30, 2009 2:36 pm|
Rankism is a general term for the behavior of putting one another down. For example, racism is a subspecies of rankism, as leukemia is a subspecies of cancer. Other subspecies of rankism include the malignacies of sexism, homophobia, ageism, ableism, and anti-Semitism. The umbrella concept — rankism — can be of use in identity politics and for clarifying incidents like the Gates Affair.