Violence, White Supremacy, and #Charlottesville: Can we learn anything from the ethics of war?
Many people were shocked and saddened by the violence that came out of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11 and 12, 2017, especially when it came to light that three people (one civilian and two state police troopers) were killed during the events of the August 12 rally.
Much has been written since the events on intersecting questions of race and racism, the nature of protests, the function of historical memory, and the role of authorities before, during, and after the events.
This talk attempts to understand what happened that day from a particular angle: It aims to ask what sort of violence or threats of violence were present on August 11 and 12, whether the violence was sanctioned (police presence) or unsanctioned (street brawling), and how we might sort out and understand the various uses of violence or threat of violence in a chaotic protest situation.
The talk draws on principled ethical thinking about the use of force in the context of
Featuring Laura Alexander, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Goldstein Family Community Chair in Human Rights
Dr. Alexander is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at UNO and holds the Goldstein Family Community Chair in Human Rights. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and left Charlottesville to come to Omaha less than a week before the protests in August. She studies ethical thinking about religion and human rights, with a focus on issues of just war, peacemaking, and refugee issues.
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