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violence


  • Trump Can Use MS-13 as a Prop Because the US Won't Acknowledge a Role in Creating It

    by Roberto Lovato

    Roberto Lovato's new book "Unforgetting: " examines how policing in the United States, including a combined crackdown on immigration and gang activity led by William Barr after the 1992 Los Angeles riots, helped create MS-13 as a transnational criminal gang and a political symbol of fear to be exploited in election years. 



  • The Massacre That Emboldened White Supremacists

    by William Briggs and Jon Krakauer

    The Colfax Massacre, sparked by white supremacists' refusal to accept a state election result, set in motion a series of legal rulings that made it virtually impossible for the federal government to prosecute civil rights violations by private citizens, ensuring that mob violence and racial oppression would continue. 



  • Trump, Vicar of Fear and Violence

    New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow writes that Trump is just the latest in a long line of American politicians who have stoked racist fears for advantage. 



  • Police Sexual Violence Is Hidden in Plain Sight

    by Anne Gray Fischer

    How did we get to the point where sexual assault is considered valid, necessary police work? The answer lies in the origin story of modern police, and specifically in the history of the discretionary enforcement of public order laws.



  • The Death of Hannah Fizer

    by Adam Rothman and Barbara J. Fields

    Those seeking genuine democracy must fight like hell to convince white Americans that what is good for black people is also good for them: Reining in murderous police, investing in schools rather than prisons, and providing universal healthcare.



  • Black Women are the Victims of Police Violence, Too

    by Mary-Elizabeth Murphy

    One lesson of black Washingtonians in the 1930s is that change can come if activists call attention and politicize the over-policing and violence against black women, recognizing how gendered violence upholds white supremacy. 


  • The Great Upheaval of 1877 Sheds Light on Today’s Protests

    by Richard Schneirov

    1877 saw a wave of mass protests and strikes by the urban poor of multiple ethnicities, violent repression by the forces of law and order, and a news media that focused on sensational instances of looting and property damage while ignoring the protesters' complaints about inequality during a brutal economic downturn.



  • Violence As A Form Of Protest

    Professor of Africana Studies Kellie Carter Jackson speaks with WBUR on the relationship between violence and protest; a relationship which goes back to the Boston Massacre.