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How Chicago Gets Its Guns
It’s not big trafficking rings. It’s mostly little guys, and authorities will go far to stop them.
chicago  guns  wbez  secondamendment  nra  violence  crime 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
America Is Struggling to Sort Out Where ‘Violence’ Begins and Ends - The New York Times
When did our national discourse become so consumed with the state of our national discourse? Rarely has so much public dialogue been dedicated to arguing over what can’t be said, who can’t say it and just how they shouldn’t put it. It has always been politically profitable to frame your opponents’ rhetoric as irrational, cruel, even dangerous. But our now-­constant public skirmishes over speech have moved to another level entirely: These days, the closer you can situate your opponents’ words to actual violence, the better.
amandahess  nytimes  nytimesmag  violence  activism  protest  antifa  altright 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
In Pittsburgh, neighborhood violence lives next door to prosperity
There are few connections between black and white areas in Pittsburgh. On one side of a neighborhood boundary is seemingly endless violence, while safety and security live on the other.
publicsource  pittsburgh  crime  neighborhoods  violence  racism  housing  race  inequality 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Unmournable Bodies
More than a dozen people were killed by terrorists in Paris this week. The victims of these crimes are being mourned worldwide: they were human beings, beloved by their families and precious to their friends. On Wednesday, twelve of them were targeted by gunmen for their affiliation with the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Charlie has often been aimed at Muslims, and it’s taken particular joy in flouting the Islamic ban on depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. It’s done more than that, too, including taking on political targets, as well as Christian and Jewish ones. The magazine depicted the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost in a sexual threesome. Illustrations such as this have been cited as evidence of Charlie Hebdo’s willingness to offend everyone. But in recent years the magazine has gone specifically for racist and Islamophobic provocations, and its numerous anti-Islam images have been inventively perverse, featuring hook-nosed Arabs, bullet-ridden Korans, variations on the theme of sodomy, and mockery of the victims of a massacre. It is not always easy to see the difference between a certain witty dissent from religion and a bullyingly racist agenda, but it is necessary to try. Even Voltaire, a hero to many who extol free speech, got it wrong. His sparkling and courageous anti-clericalism can be a joy to read, but he was also a committed anti-Semite, whose criticisms of Judaism were accompanied by calumnies about the innate character of Jews.
tejucole  thenewyorker  charliehebdo  violence  islam  terrorism  freespeech  paris  france  satire 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Undefeated Champions of Defeat City
Camden, New Jersey, is America's most dangerous city, a once proud place now ravaged by addiction and poverty and guns and decay. It's also a really unlikely place to start a Little League.
baseball  littleleague  newjersey  camden  gq  poverty  violence  crime  kids  children 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Here's What's Missing From Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dr...
On January 27, 1991, at a record-release party for the rap duo Bytches With Problems in Hollywood, producer/rapper/then-N.W.A. member Dr. Dre brutally attacked Dee Barnes, the host of a well-known Fox show about hip-hop called Pump It Up! Dre was reportedly angry about a Pump It Up! segment hosted by Barnes that aired in November 1990. The report focused on N.W.A., and concluded with a clip of Ice Cube, who had recently left the group, insulting his former colleagues.
film  movies  music  straightouttacompton  drdre  icecube  deebarnes  hiphop  nwa  violence  misogyny  1990's  culture  gangstarap 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
America Is Not For Black People
The United States of America is not for black people. We know this, and then we put it out of our minds, and then something happens to remind us. Saturday, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., something like that happened: An unarmed 18-year-old black man was executed by police in broad daylight.
deadspin  theconcourse  greghoward  ferguson  missouri  michaelbrown  race  violence  police 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Bravest Woman in Seattle
For herself, for the woman she loved, and for justice, the survivor of the South Park attacks tells a courtroom what happened that night.
violence  seattle  crime 
may 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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