By Paula Ioanide

With stop-and-frisk legislation, new immigration rules, and cuts to social welfare courses, majorities within the usa have more and more supported intensified kinds of punishment and marginalization opposed to Black, Latino, Arab and Muslim humans within the usa, whilst a majority of voters declare to help "colorblindness" and racial equality. With this ebook, Paula Ioanide examines how emotion has prominently figured into those modern expressions of racial discrimination and violence. How U.S. publics dominantly consider approximately crime, terrorism, welfare, and immigration frequently turns out to trump no matter what evidence and proof say approximately those politicized matters.

Though 4 case studies—the police brutality case of Abner Louima; the publicity of torture at Abu Ghraib; the demolition of recent Orleans public housing devices following typhoon Katrina; and a proposed municipal ordinance to disclaim housing to undocumented immigrants in Escondido, CA—Ioanide exhibits how racial fears are perpetuated, and the way those common fears have performed a significant function in justifying the growth of our army and legal process and the continued divestment from social welfare. yet Ioanide additionally argues that inside of every one of those circumstances there's chance for brand new mobilizations, for moral witnessing: we should also popularize wishes for justice and raise people's receptivity to the stories of the oppressed by means of reorganizing embodied and subconscious constructions of feeling.

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