I think we need to be alert to the historical context in which we speak about violence, including structural violence. Too frequently we take physical harm and/or killing as the only paradigm of violence. But this can blind us to other forms of violence that involve humiliation and suffering. But what is even more important …

Chapel Hill shooting: Three young Muslims gunned down in North Carolina family home – Americas – World – The Independent

This is so horrible, and the “parking dispute” such an obvious excuse. Even if the “parking dispute” was what started it, the way the three young people were killed – executed – speaks of such a deep level of contempt that hate as an underlying reason/amplifier is pretty certain. But I assume the media and …

“Ceci n’est pas une religion.” (via @MoAsumang) Edit: Oh. I just realized that, in the Magritte original The Treachery of Images, the thing about the painting of the pipe is that it’s a representation of a pipe, not actually pipe, etc. On that level, what does this painting/picture say? That attack weapons are a religion but …

“Tragedy.”

One of the more terrifying aspects of U.S. culture at the moment is the normalization, if not naturalization, of violent deaths. Especially school shooting and police brutality, which should be rare and shocking incidents, are naturalized to a point where they are treated not so much as horrific human (inter)action, but as “tragedies.” Don’t misunderstand …

It’s On Us: Sexual Assault PSA “It’s On Us” is another well-made, common sense, public awareness campaign backed by celebrities and the White House. It’s an almost entirely US-focused campaign (you can’t even buy a shirt outside of the USA), but the issue is international. It really Is On Us (and I’m specifically looking at …

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson’s Plan For ISIS Is To ‘Convert Them Or Kill Them’

In other words, his ‘plan,’ of course stated on air on Hannity’s FOX News show, is a ‘position’ ISIS actually also has. The terror group’s actions are mainly against people not in line with their fundamentalist, twisted, violent version of Islam.ISIS is forcibly converting people and/or killing them. This is a strategy that’s been employed …