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violence



  • 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.


  • The Lynching of David Wyatt

    by Greg Bailey

    Lynching and mob terrorism against African Americans have never been strictly southern phenomena, as a bloody incident from southern Illinois's histrory reveals.