I am not surprised that the acute anti-Asian sentiment festering during the pandemic and the historical objectification and “othering” of Asians, particularly women, in the U.S. has culminated in real-life ramifications. As an Asian woman, violence of this nature was already clear to me.
“Tears well up when I think about returning to my King Soopers to shop for groceries, but I plan to—for personal and political reasons. … Perhaps what will most heal our communities is social change, so that the deaths in Atlanta, Orlando, Parkland, Las Vegas and so many other places, as well as here in Boulder, will not have been entirely in vain.”
In this week’s edition: we take a look at at gun violence as a public health crisis; run down the current state of reproductive health and rights (including the EACH Act); and provide a summary of the latest pandemic news.
Nearly 2,000 women were murdered by men in 2018 and the most common weapon used was a gun. And as in years past, Black women are more likely to experience lethal domestic violence than white women.
The attorney general of New York took action Thursday to dissolve the National Rifle Association following an 18-month investigation that found evidence the powerful gun rights group is “fraught with fraud and abuse.”
Facebook had announced that it would ban “praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism”—but the platform is still profiting off of hate.
The 21-year-old Texan charged with the El Paso murders is an avowed white supremacist man. The slain Dayton killer had previously compiled a “rape list” of females he wanted to sexually assault. Both are poster boys of toxic masculinity.
“The defenders of the status quo—advocates of the firearms industry and the politicians paid to defend it—will tell you that horrific acts of violence like this are beyond our control. This could not be further from the truth.”
The problem is not mental illness. The problem is not violent video games. The problem is a social pathology of aggrieved entitlement and misogyny mixed with white supremacy, aided and abetted by 8Chan and Fox News and Donald Trump and corrupted lawmakers.
While mass shooters typically share some of the same individual traits, we must name toxic masculinity as a factor that is often overlooked in many public discussions about these events.