Gun Violence

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Black in the Midwest

Moms are mobilizing to protect their neighborhood’s children

Last month, we published a special series on what it’s like to be Black in the Midwest and invited you to share your own experiences. The following is one of several submissions by Medium writers that we are excited to share with you.

“We are not activists,” said Tamar Manasseh, founder of Mothers Against Senseless Killings, in a Facebook post.

In the days before Manasseh wrote these words, her friends, Andrea Stoudemire and Chantell Grant, were murdered on a Chicago corner.

Grant was a young mother, 26, who Manasseh says would bring her kids out every day to play. Grant…

His cathartic reactions to the mass shootings and the subsequent praise demonstrate a power that female politicians do not have

Beto O’Rourke is angry. Actually, Beto O’Rourke is pissed off. As a Texan and native El Pasoan his state has been at the center of the last two mass shootings. When asked by a reporter following the El Paso shooting in early August, “What can the president do to make things better?” Beto showed he’d had enough. His response made headlines: “What do you think? You know the shit he has been saying. He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the f — k?”

Beto’s rage was palpable and also…

This oversimplification by politicians and pundits is insulting to those suffering from this condition

Authorities rarely, if ever, conceive of mass shootings as domestic terrorism. The White House predictably responds each time with empty thoughts and hollow prayers while Republicans incessantly blame the atrocities on mental illness. The alarming frequency of such events challenges their characterization as anomalous acts of insanity. Mental illness offers a scapegoat, obscuring agency within White supremacy, particularly White male supremacy.

As someone who attends therapy and deals with general anxiety disorder, I take personal offense to the presumed connection between violence and mental illness. First, the presumption ignores the ways in which mental illness is an amalgam of multiple…

His feelings about race-mixing, in particular, really hit home for me

Days after the tragic El Paso shooting, rumors began to swirl about an alleged manifesto penned by the shooter and posted to a now-defunct 8chan chat board. Despite social media and other websites’ vain attempts to quickly remove it from public consumption, mostly legible screenshots had already circulated in group chats and text messages as curiosity regarding the shooter’s frame of mind began to mount. Like hundreds of thousands of Americans, I gave it a cursory read before taking my musings to social media.

Reading it was one thing, but reading it out loud was a whole different beast.



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