The white yardstick
has value "because not to acknowledge the progress black people have made in our generation would be ridiculous." But the black yardstick
also has value "because we know all the inequities regarding race are not things of the past."
The ministry is also hoping the new yardstick, which takes into account age and radiation exposure among other factors, will help reduce the time required for diagnosis, currently averaging two months, according to the officials.
The new gauge will be consistent with the so-called DS86 yardstick, under which people who were at least 2 kilometers away from ground zero in the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 are considered unaffected by radiation, and hence ineligible to be officially counted as victims.
ACTION POINT: Are your performance yardsticks
appropriate to your objectives?
While Malcolm X used the yardstick metaphor to describe how cultures defined extremism, I believe the yardstick metaphor would also make a useful heuristic for WPAs when selecting educational materials for their courses.
MEASURING THE YARDSTICK: READING MALCOLM X IN PATTERNS FOR COLLEGE WRLTLNG
The main noticeable instance of the yardstick of whiteness is in the biographical headnotes placed before the author's work.
This haunting complexity of whiteness again occurs when Patterns presents cultural information before the reading, which is retitled as "My First Conk" instead of "Hair." Malcolm X argues in the narrative that one can gain agency through their body, and he provides commentary on how people condition themselves to view their body through the yardstick of another culture.
The yardstick of whiteness prevents any meaningful conversation about African American culture by creating narratives that are one-dimensional and avoid complexity.
A yardstick lies beneath a desk in a destroyed schoolroom.
A yardstick or ruler appears in each photo, placed there among the rubble by the artists before the shooting began.