SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by Pia Beumer
In the context of economic turmoil, urban crisis, and racial division, a broad swath of the American public made Goetz a heroic symbol of restored white masculinity after he shot four Black teens who asked him for money on the New York subway.
Right wing misinformation has linked the nation's borders with race war discourse that encourages vigilantism, according to historian Carly Goodman.
SOURCE: Boston Review
by Chad Kautzer
"Vigilantism is fueled by an individualist notion of sovereignty more dangerous than any military-grade weaponry. It rejects the freedom of others as equal to one’s own and views any attempt to support such equality as tyranny."
by Joe Lowndes
Kyle Rittenhouse's demeanor at trial shows the difficulty of his case; he presents a figure that normalizes and sanitizes the violent core of the vigilante movement he represents.
by Patrick Blanchfield
"The impulse to reconstruct that night’s chaos as though watching a 21st century Rashomon, is a trap."
SOURCE: New York Times
by Jon Michaels and David Noll
The Texas abortion ban, which outsources enforcement to private citizens suing in civil courts, is the logical extension of the politics of right-populist outrage and harkens back to extraconstitutional traditins of vigilante justice.
by Nicole Hemmer
Historically, white vigilantism, especially against the demands of minorities for civil and economic equality, has been a key component of the politics of "law and order."
On October 8, the FBI announced multiple arrests in a plot to kidnap Michigan's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, whose support for lockdown measures to fight COVID-19 moved Trump to call on right-wing mobs to "Liberate Michigan."
SOURCE: The Atlantic
by Ibram X. Kendi
"Adherents of Trumpism think they are facing a choice between white male supremacy and 'anarchy'."
SOURCE: Huffington Post
American Studies scholar Nick Estes argues that the acceptance of vigilante groups by the police reflects a long history of cooperation between official law enforcement and informal groups to defend white supremacy.
by Vicente L. Rafael
Could we say that within the particular imperial and racial nexus we find ourselves in, that Snowden, despite his obvious differences from Trayvon, might also share his fate?
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