"As a man, I accrue privilege simply by remaining silent, accepting this legacy, and saying nothing about its cost in terms of women’s lives."
— Terrance Crowley, “The Lie of Entitlement”, from _Transforming a Rape Culture_
"Both devaluation and disruption/ erosion of community involve some form of “loss”. Among teens who turn violent, we have found that their lives tend to be besieged by losses and, most notably, by the dehumanization of loss…Repeated experiences of unacknowledged and unmourned loss contribute to the dehumanization of loss that is a precursor to violence. It’s one thing to lose something that was important to you, but it is far worse when no one in your universe recognizes that you have lost it. The failure to acknowledge another’s loss is to deny that person’s humanity. Hence, when loss remains unacknowledged, we refer to this as the dehumanization of loss, which is the mega-loss. When adolescents, especially those of color, are besieged with unacknowledged, unmourned, and therefore unhealed losses, they are suffering from the dehumanization of loss."
— Teens who Hurt, Kenneth Hardy and Tracey Laszloffy, p 28
"CeaseFire’s founder, Gary Slutkin, is an epidemiologist and a physician who for 10 years battled infectious diseases in Africa. He says that violence directly mimics infections like tuberculosis and AIDS, and so, he suggests, the treatment ought to mimic the regimen applied to these diseases: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source. “For violence, we’re trying to interrupt the next event, the next transmission, the next violent activity,” Slutkin told me recently. “And the violent activity predicts the next violent activity like H.I.V. predicts the next H.I.V. and TB predicts the next TB.” Slutkin wants to shift how we think about violence from a moral issue (good and bad people) to a public health one (healthful and unhealthful behavior)."
— From “Blocking the Transmission of Violence” by Alex Kotlowitz
(Source: The New York Times)
"In every generation there will be: 1) authoritarians, the passionate of whom are fascists, 2) bourgeois/ yuppies, who enjoy anti-authoritarian books, music, and movies, but don’t act on them, and 3) genuine anti-authoritarians, who are so pained by exploitative hierarchies that they take action. Sometimes anti-authoritarian action is obvious, more often it is subtle, and too often it is futile. Only rarely do anti-authoritarians take effective direct action that inspires others to revolt, but every once in a while a Tom Paine comes along. So control-freaks take no chance, and the state-corporate partnership criminalizes anti-authoritarianism, pathologizes it, markets drugs to “cure” it, and financially intimidates those who might buck the system."
— Bruce Levine, “Depathologizing the Spirit of Resistance”, Z Magazine, October 2005