Tag Archive: cultural violence

The Attacks on Jewish Centers are at the Heart of Authoritarianism in the US

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By Chris Crass (February 28, 2017) Antisemitism positions Jews as socially acceptable targets for working and middle class Christians (religiously and culturally) to unleash violence and hatred, to release the anger and resentments of crushing economic and political inequality. Antisemitism instructs and encourages working and middle class Christians to see Jews as the conspiratorial puppet masters of society, all the…
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Forget Orwell: Fight Club is the Novel to Make Sense of Life Under Trump

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By Joseph Orosco (February 7, 2017)   Sales of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four are booming across the country and websites are publishing lists of dystopian literature that might help to make sense of life under the Trump administration. Eliana Johnson and Eli Stokols have provided us with what might be called the Bannon syllabus–a guide to the works that seem…
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This is a Full Counterrevolution of the Right

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By Joe Lowndes (January 26, 2017) Unable to sleep last night, I thought at least how relieved I was not to be teaching introduction to US politics and government again this quarter. I would have no idea how to do so. Institutions are always undergoing slow transformations, and everything – the presidency, congress, the bureaucracy, parties, media, etc, must always…
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Women Are Not the Only Ones Offended by Trump

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By Mark Naison (October 9, 2016) As some apologists for Donald Trump have suggested, the type of language Mr. Trump used in the “Access Hollywood” video just uncovered is hardly unique to him. Unfortunately, they are right about this. Not only did Bill Clinton use it through most of his political life-something I know from first hand testimony as well…
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You Lied to Us

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By Phoenix Calida (June 15, 2016) Final thoughts on the Pulse shooting- Something has been bothering me, and I couldn’t land on it until just now. I realize it was the lie. That’s what’s hurting the most right now. The lie from the bigots in their own closet. The bigots who are out. The bigots who pretended they weren’t bigots…
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On Orlando: A Letter from a Gay Friend

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By Mark Naison (June 14, 2016) I just received this letter from a former student living in Brazil who came out shortly after he graduated.. I needed to share it here because of its powerful message: Hey Doc, I wanted to reach out to you about what happened in Orlando. I’ve been shaken by this in a way that I’m…
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Tales of Anti-Racism in the Nashville YMCA: Dumping Trump in AZ

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By Chris Crass (March 19, 2016) The continuing adventures of anti-racism at the Nashville YMCA: “They should all go to Russia or China if they don’t like it,” shouts the woman in her 70s behind me. We’re both on running machines, and my pace quickens. She goes on about how angry those people make her. She’s yelling about the news…
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We are All “Illegals”

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By Mark Naison (March 9, 2016) One of the things that drives me craziest in the current political landscape is the use of the term “illegals” to refer to undocumented immigrants. If there is ever an example of the pot calling the kettle black, this is it.