SOURCE: Los Angeles Review of Books
30 Years Later, "Falling Down" Still Shows the Shallowness of Suburbanites' Views of the City
by Carl Abbott
Set in a moment of economic upheaval, racial conflict, and media-driven fear of crime, Joel Schumacher's film reflected the degree of separation between America's suburbs and cities. Today, it's necessary to recognize that its portrayal of hostility and alienation isn't inevitable.
Welcome to the Predator State
by Michael Gould-Wartofsky
The rise of paramilitary police tactical teams heralds the arrival of a moment when policing drops the pretense of serving and protecting a community and embraces war footing.
How Israel Lost its Way
by Alon Ben-Meir
After Israel has raised several generations as warriors and occupiers, has the nation lost sight of the toll on its own youth and the consequences for peace?
SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Trauma of Tyre Nichols's Killing Echoes in Many Places
by Michael Honey
A police killing in Tacoma prompts a historian to reflect on the radical traditions of nonviolent resistance led by Martin Luther King, and the need for hopefulness in struggle.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Femicides are Increasing in America; History Says we Shouldn't be Surprised
by Kimberly A. Hamlin
The term "femicide" is rarely used to describe the killing of women by men (often intimate partners), but it's an apt description for the way that gendered and sexual violence have been part of the fabric of the nation's history and constitute a systemic, not a personal, danger to women.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Mass Shootings Reflect the Narcissism of Young Men
by Tom Nichols
The injured grandiosity of "failed to launch" young men is pushing them to seek outsize revenge, often using the readily available guns.
A History of Violence in the US/Mexico Borderlands
by Brian Behnken
Policing both the border and Mexican American communities in the Southwest has always been entangled with white supremacist violence, the author argues in a new book.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
After Bruen: One Nation, Under Guns
by Ryan Busse
"As bad as America’s gun-violence problem is, it could be about to get much worse," says former gun industry insider turned whistleblower. The selective reading of the historical record advanced by Justice Thomas's opinion would force judges to play historian to decide cases, destabilizing gun law in many ways.
SOURCE: Mother Jones
The Orwellian Rise of "Suicide by Cop"
"Suicide by Cop" emerged as a descriptive phrase in the context of a crackdown on crime and an abandonment of police accountability, making a large portion of killings by officers seem natural and unavoidable.
It's Time to Be Honest About the Partisan Nature of Gun Culture
by Heather Cox Richardson
"The national free-for-all in which we have 120 guns for every 100 people... is deeply tied to the political ideology of today’s Republican Party. It comes from the rise of Movement Conservatism under Ronald Reagan."
SOURCE: The Forum
Reactionary Media are Fueling Anti-LGBTQ Violence
by Ben Miller
When the media give a platform to the idea that trans people living in public inherently encourages sexual abuse, violence aimed at removing them from the public will follow. The media need to take responsibility for Colorado Springs and call out icitement to violence.
SOURCE: Religion Dispatches
Forget Apology, the Right is Doubling Down on Inciting Violence Against LGBTQ Americans
by Thomas Lecaque
The campaign of encouraging stochastic terror against LGBTQ communities won't be deterred by a tragedy like the Colorado Springs killings.
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
New Evidence about Texas's Porvenir Massacre
Texas Rangers orchestrated the killing of 15 unarmed Mexican men and boys in a Texas border town in 1918. Monica Muñoz Martinez describes this as part of a pattern of state-sanctioned racist violence in the state, which her organization Refusing to Forget is working to commemorate.
SOURCE: Washington Post
America's Tragic History of Campus Shootings Goes Back to 1840
John A.G. Davis, a professor of law, was killed by a masked member of a student mob engaged in firing pistols into the air to protest for the right to carry guns on campus.
The United States of Political Violence
From federal judges to local public health departments and school boards, violent threats against public officials are increasingly part of the political scene, according to Clarence Anthony of the National League of Cities.
Kidada Williams Joins Chris Hayes to Talk Reconstruction and Political Violence
"Ex-Confederates didn't let go of slavery lightly. They did what they could to hold on to it. And so, African-Americans largely had to fight their way out of bondage."
Law Professor Unearths Murder Cases from Jim Crow Era
Margaret Burnham has been appointed by President Biden to a five-person Civil Rights Cold Case Review Board to increase public access to records of unsolved racially motivated crimes.
Fantasy Series Take a Selective Approach to Historical Accuracy as an Excuse for Sexual Violence
Medievalist Eleanor Janega wonders whether the creators of the "Game of Thrones" universe use historical accuracy as a justification to show graphic violence; their insistence on verisimilitude flags in other areas.
Stephen Aron's Work Examines Moments of Intercultural Peace in the West
by James Thornton Harris
Both triumphalist and revisionist histories of America's westward expansion emphasize violence, and disagree about whether to understand it with pride or guilt. But what can we make of the moments where understanding and accommodation temporarily prevailed?
The Highland Park Horrors Won't Break the Gun Cult's Mythic Hold on America
by Thomas Lecaque and J.L. Tomlin
The myth of the armed citizen has little to do with the American revolution or the vision of the founders. It's all about the right's desire for a revolution to come.
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