Following the News: Books on Nonviolent Social Protests

Following the News: Books on Nonviolent Social Protests

I think I am going to make this a series on the blog.  Something happens in the new, I get angry, I start looking for books either to learn more about the topic or books that humanize the people being effected.

This week it is football.  Which I honestly don't give a rats ass about except that certain people (you know who) have started attacking players for a silent protest about police violence.  


When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World by Greg Jobin-Leeds, Dey Hernandez-Vazquez,

When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World
by Greg Jobin-LeedsDey Hernandez-Vazquez

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Published: January 5th 2016

"Standing up is how we bear witness and signal that we are not just going along. True solidarity not only interrupts, it disrupts. It says there is a limit."

 


We Matter: Athletes and Activism by Etan Thomas

We Matter: Athletes and Activism
by Etan Thomas

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Published: February 6th 2018

Not available yet but I preordered.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

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Series: no
Published: February 28th 2017
Rating: All the Starrs

“What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?” 

Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag by Carolyn Marvin, David W. Ingle

Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag
by Carolyn MarvinDavid W. Ingle

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Published: September 26th 2014

This book seems to be postulating that flag and nation worshipping has become America's national religion.  I am interested to see how their argument plays out.

"What binds the nation together"

For Which It Stands: An Anecdotal Biography of the American Flag by Michael Corcoran

For Which It Stands: An Anecdotal Biography of the American Flag
by Michael Corcoran

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Published: October 15th 2002

"Recently, I’ve started thinking about what primate behavior may have lent itself to the invention of flags—it might be as simple as having something that’s an extension of the arm to go along with the beating of the breast and the baring of teeth and so forth to say, ‘This is my territory.’"

More Than an Athlete by Etan Thomas

More Than an Athlete
by Etan Thomas

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Published:February 15th 2005


Necessary Trouble: Americans In Revolt by Sarah Jaffe

Necessary Trouble: Americans In Revolt
by Sarah Jaffe 

 

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Published: August 23rd 2016

“Messages don't succeed because they say something new and exciting that no one had ever heard before; instead, they succeed because they explain something that people feel but have been at a loss to explain.” 

This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century by Mark Engler,

This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century
by Mark Engler

 

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Published: February 9th 2016

"Violent crackdowns against unarmed protests end up exposing the brutality of a ruling force, undermining its legitimacy, and, in many cases, creating wider public unwillingness to cooperate with its mandates."

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
by Carol Anderson

 

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Published: May 31st 2016

“Black respectability or 'appropriate' behavior doesn’t seem to matter. If anything, black achievement, black aspirations, and black success are construed as direct threats. Obama’s presidency made that clear. Aspirations and the achievement of these aspirations provide no protection."

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Citizen: An American Lyric
by Claudia Rankine

 

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Published: October 7th 2014

“Because white men can't
police their imagination
black men are dying”
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