People are Problematic: The Truth about Resistance

The exaltation of resistance leaders, around the globe, upon glossy white pedestals has fed into three problems with far reaching consequences that are relevant to how we judge resistance now. These issues shut down opportunities by shutting out the realities, the truth about resistance. This is not only problematic for those involved, but also for our society. If people are shut down and unrecognized it only continues to silence marginalized groups. It needs to stop.

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Listen, Always Listen: Female Circumcision

Many people do not understand the difference between listening to someone's perspective and obeying.  When people cease to feel remotely heard they usually cry out "listen" and those who are already ignoring them think it means "obey me, submit, everything I say is right." That is not what listen means. In fact, I just looked it up to [...]

The Creation of the African Boogeyman

The setting of this story is in the beautiful Kenyan highlands of the 1950s, where British colonists had fallen in love with a beating sun, fertile earth, and the majestic Mount Kenya at the heart of it all in the 1920s. The highlands were not just beautiful they also lacked a plethora of obstacles to European settlement [...]

We Would Not Be Capable

When atrocities occur our gut reaction is to wonder why and how. I have broadly answered the why of the Rwandan genocide. On the International Day of Reflection for the Rwandan genocide I want to go deeper. How can average people commit violence on such a large scale? How could the Hutu Power movement kill, [...]

The Savage Myth

The issue of violence is inescapable. Every continent has experienced eruptions of violence at some point throughout human history. Violence is something inside of us all and it creates massive changes rather rapidly making it tempting to focus solely on violence. I can’t even tell you how many classes were offered at my University in [...]