Racial Violence in Black and White

Benjamin Balthaser From photos of lynchers to videos of brutal cops, there is a radical heritage of using images of violence as instruments of critique. “Images of violence have the power not merely to reproduce pain but also to create the society that will work to end it.” Once again cellphone videos showing white police…

White Power: At Home and Abroad

Thomas Meany Where most people see a “lone shooter,” the armed White Power movement sees “leaderless resistance”. “For much of the 20th century, the struggles against communism and black progress were close to indistinguishable.” In the spring of 1975, as America’s war in Vietnam drew to its grim conclusion, a new magazine targeted readers who did…

Brazil: Political Mafia Suspected in Marielle Franco Murder

Only two people have been arrested in the March, 2018 assassination of Marielle Franco, the Black activist and city councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “Everyone believes this was carried out by militias” which “operate in Rio very much like classic mafias,” said Stephanie Reist, a Rio-based writer and researcher. “Many militia members are current…

India: Lynching as a Public Spectacle

Prabir Purkayastha The rise of hate crimes in India – cow-related violence and lynchings – has been coupled with extensive use of social media. While fake news and fake videos have often helped spark communal violence, they have also been “celebratory” in nature: participants bragging about being a part of the mob involved in the…