David Ragland


Israeli Lynch Mobs and the Banality of the West

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“On June 30th, 2014, the bodies of three kidnapped Jewish-Israeli boys, Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, were found in a shallow grave. In response, Israeli authorities and vigilantes killed ten Palestinians, “including at least three children, a pregnant woman, and a mentally ill man.” Recently, Israeli officials arrested six Jewish suspects in the kidnapping and murder of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy, reportedly as “extremist revenge” for the prior kidnapping and murder. Around the same time, two videos surfaced on social media showing the brutalization of Black American women by American police. In one, a professor is arrested and beaten for jaywalking and in the other an older Black woman is severely beaten.”

Author: David Ragland, Ph.D.
Published in: Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/10/israeli-lynch-mobs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=israeli-lynch-mobs, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/07/09/israeli-lynch-mobs-and-the-banality-of-the-west/
Date: July 9,10,2014

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American Youth Internalize Legitimized Violence

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“On December 12, 2012, I visited a good friend and colleague at Leadership and Public Service High School in downtown, Manhattan. You can see the construction of the freedom towers at ground zero from the school’s windows. My colleague is the dean of youth programs coordinating a restorative justice program at the school. Restorative justice is a community approach to solving conflict nonviolently through dialogue, engagement and authentic participation of stakeholders of the conflict and the community. Through restorative justice circles, the school is engaged in community-wide behavioral transformation. Every day, students are confronted with competing ethics coming from their communities and a broader society that considers violence a valid approach to problem solving. Our government sanctions violence as a legitimate way to solve conflict , and this legitimization is in many ways internalized by students as acceptable means of resolving differences. School shootings, mass killings and other forms of societal violence are reflections of this internalization.”

Author: David Ragland
Published in: David Kinchen Blog, Pagosa Daily Post, Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/archives/legitimized-violence-12313/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/54286
Date: January 22,23,25,2013

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