A Defense of the Charlottesville Counter-Protesters

Not all forms of violence are created equal. On August 12, violence unfolded at a white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. President Trump’s immediate reaction placed equal blame for the violence on the white supremacists and those that protested their rally. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of […]

The Multivocal Power of Sports

After the summer’s hurricanes, fires, and North Korean nuclear provocations, the autumn return to football might have been exactly what we needed. But the current National Football League (NFL) season is showing that our nation’s politics are just as tumultuous as Mother Nature. This season’s controversy actually began last summer, when Colin Kaepernick of the […]

Pride in Resistance

In the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Pride marches and parades are taking place against a backdrop where taking to the streets has been resignified as a potent, urgent act of resistance. From the Women’s March to the rallies against the refugee ban to the March for Science, a range of social movements have reembraced […]

The Unwelcomed Guest

Early in April the faculty at Indiana University had a heated email discussion about Charles Murray’s visit to our campus. The co-author of the notorious The Bell Curve, he was recently the subject of a demonstration at Middlebury College. He was not coming to IU to discuss his earlier book on human population genetics, but […]

How We Protest

Lord knows we need to protest. There are so many issues on which we, as anthropologists, need to be heard. It is hard to know where to begin. In our degraded political climate, where truth and knowledge are devalued, and the values we all stand for: opposition to racism, openness, diversity, protection of individual civil […]