Tag Archive: cultural violence

Handmaid’s Tale Inoculates Viewers from Responsibility for Real Atrocities

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Guest interact with an art installation, designed by Paula Scher and Abbott Miller, and book giveaway celebrating Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' opens on the High Line on April 26, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hulu)

By Rachel Wagner (November 18, 2019) The Haidmaid’s Tale television series producer Warren Littlefield says that Offred’s story “presents a chilling vision into an increasingly likely potential future.” I suggest that this insistence on relevance is more indicative of a desire to *be* predictive, to believe that media like The Handmaid’s Tale can tell us something about the world and where…
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It’s Not Exaggeration to Say White Nationalism is at the Heart of US Power

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By Rebecca Hill (November 16, 2019) The Stephen Miller emails bring up some important issues that I see often in strategic discussions of anti-fascist politics. That is, I often see people debating whether traditional fascists or overt white nationalists represent the “real” danger, or whether they are a vanguardist fringe full of FBI informants, while the really dangerous white supremacists…
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You Plan to Go Hand to Hand with Robocop?

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By Teka Lark (October 30, 2019) The current Bosstown Dynamics video circulating is a parody of the very real Boston Dynamics and you should still be concerned. The only thing fake about it is that the technology isn’t quite there yet, but it is only a decade off. According to Stars and Stripes (June of 2018), Boston Dynamics founder Marc…
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Letter to the President of Georgia Southern University Regarding Book Burning

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By Mark Naison (October 13, 2019) Letter to the President of Georgia Southern University regarding book burning at his school President@georgiasouthern.edu Kyle Marrero President, Georgia Southern University Dear President Marrero As a historian of race in the United States, who has written 7 books on the subject, and a professor for 49 years at one of the nation’s major universities,…
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Men Being Able to Express Vulnerability Will Help Erode Rape Culture

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By Elle Stanger (October 9, 2019) I’m a sex worker who recognizes that many of my man clients are afraid to express their discomfort or pain because it makes them seem less “manly”. Before I begin touching someone of any gender presentation I always say, “Let me know if something is uncomfortable or you need to adjust”, and cis men…
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What Would Justice for Botham Jean Look Like?

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By Teka Lark (October 3, 2019) White America believes in vengeance. It believes in an eye for an eye. The Botham Jean case was so very hard to watch, because here is a Black man who was perfect, as perfectly good as a human can be–because if he hadn’t been, the defense would have found out his imperfections and smeared…
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We Need More Imagination in the Face of Climate Catastrophe

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By Joe Lowndes (September 12, 2019) It’s really interesting how this Franzen essay has either been affirmed as a kind of honest reckoning, or vilified as a kind of a privileged defeatism, by so many people I know and respect politically. I don’t love the piece, but I think Franzen is getting at something productively uncomfortable by arguing that the…
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Advice to Young People: Don’t Normalize Racism

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By Mark Naison (August 19, 2019) If there was a piece of advice I would give to young people, it would be the following: Don’t normalize racism. Speak out against it and challenge it wherever you see it, whether it is in a classroom, a dormitory, a locker room or at your family dinner table. Do so with kindness when…
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White Supremacy has Always Been Behind White Terrorism in the US

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By Mark Naison (August 12, 2019)   When I think of the ideology of white supremacy–which has affected everything in US History from immigration policy, to citizenship, access to voting rights, marriage laws, the ability to play in professional sports leagues, and much much more– what makes the largest impression, in the context of the El Paso shooting, is how it…
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People Will Die As Long as We Teach Kids There are Always Losers and Winners

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By Teka Lark (August 7, 2019) Your worldview is shaped by your community, family, media, education system, and essentially all the people, things, and actions that you interact with and provides you with information. Your view on the world starts from the minute you hit earth. Fairytales, TV, the Internet, video games, books, what your education system decides to teach…
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Violence Against Mexicans in Texas as a “Habit of Whiteness”

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(Image of Hayden Edwards and the Republic of Fredonia) By Joseph Orosco (August 6, 2019) Irene Sanchez reminds us that white supremacist violence against Mexicans is not a new phenomena in Texas. She charts it to beginning of the Texas Revolution in 1836, when Anglo Mexican settlers seceded from Mexico to form the Lone Star Republic. But I think the…
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