Random Thoughts on 2nd Anniversary of Sandy Hook Massacre
Firearms / My Experience

Random Thoughts on 2nd Anniversary of Sandy Hook Massacre

Thinking of those killed, especially the children. Thinking about how this evil could have been prevented. Thinking about what law would have prevented this. Thinking the world seems God-forsaken. Thinking about a lawsuit being filed against Remington/Bushmaster. Thinking about the inability of people to speak to each other about these issues. Thinking our public life … Continue reading

Microsociology of Death of Eric Garner: 27 Seconds of Choking by Jooyoung Lee
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Microsociology of Death of Eric Garner: 27 Seconds of Choking by Jooyoung Lee

University of Toronto sociology professor Jooyoung Lee has written a very interesting blog post analyzing the video of the choking death of Eric Garner in Staten Island. It is a miscrosociology of the event that is also informed by Lee’s practice of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He blogs on Blogspot rather than WordPress platform so I … Continue reading

Darren Wilson, George Zimmerman, and Justifiable Homicide (and Stand Your Ground Laws)
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense / Uncategorized

Darren Wilson, George Zimmerman, and Justifiable Homicide (and Stand Your Ground Laws)

The refusal of a grand jury to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has led to comparisons with the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin (e.g., Inquisitr and Think Progress). Of course, the cases are different in that Wilson was a sworn law enforcement officer acting in … Continue reading

What We Talk About When We Talk About Racism, Post-Ferguson Reflections on the Need for Basic Distinctions
My Experience

What We Talk About When We Talk About Racism, Post-Ferguson Reflections on the Need for Basic Distinctions

Discussions of race, more often than not in my experience, generate more heat than light. I learned this early on in my own education when I was doing the research for my book, Student Movements for Multiculturalism: Challenging the Curricular Color Line in Higher Education. Anger, frustration, hurt, misunderstanding, and other emotions were abundant on … Continue reading