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This American MomentA Feminist Christian Realist Intervention$
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Caron E. Gentry

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190901264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190901264.001.0001

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A House Divided Now on Fire

A House Divided Now on Fire

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(p.62) Chapter 3 A House Divided Now on Fire
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This American Moment
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Caron E. Gentry

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190901264.003.0004

The violence against black people in the United States, as witnessed particularly in the shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and of John Crawford III in Ohio, indicates the anxiety over the changing social order from white patriarchal to a more diversified locus of power. Therefore, it conducts a discourse analysis of texts, such as the Blue Lives Matter website, that reactively and defensively support the law enforcement community and refute the Black Lives Matter narrative. The discourse analysis reveals a level of anxiety that allows those within the police community to scapegoat the Black Lives Matter movement, further revealing the need of this particular community to maintain hegemonic race relations: thereby failing to recognize the vulnerability of black people in the United States.

Keywords:   racism, racial structures, anxiety, reactivity, scapegoat, police violence

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