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  1. Introduction
  2. Application of Textbook's Analogy
  3. Apply Concepts: Objectification & Institutional Discrimination
  4. Historic Amnesia & Romanticize the Past
  5. Conclusion

Thio, Taylor, and Schwartz (2012) considers violence to be of types which include assault, serial and mass murder, terrorism, genocide, hate-motivated violence, school violence. The authors argue that the poor are the most likely persons in the world to engage in violence, specifically homicide. The poor resort to violence as a way addressing interpersonal conflict. This is why Thio et al. (2012) explain that although the poor or the less privileged in society the most likely to commit violence, most of the murder/homicide or violence that they commit are towards other poor people and not on those privileged. Most homicides amongst the poor are intra-racial not interracial.

They apparently consider violence as a means of getting respect; it is considered as a symbol of masculinity and toughness. This is a view also expressed in the Home box Office video, Violence-An American Tradition, by Kunhardt and Kunhardt (1996), which explains that violence began with considering others as being lesser human beings whose pain was of less value or less important. This explains why male supremacy and white supremacy were used as excuses for violence against blacks.

[...] This led to the hunting of black men who were tortured, beaten, or lynched and killed by white mobs, such as what happened in Omaha in 1919. Historic Amnesia & Romanticize the Past Historic Amnesia refers to the tendency of forgetting or ignoring history; those who are not able to memorize the earlier period are bound to go over it. Apparently, Americans are too prone to historic amnesia especially when it concerns violence. Kunhardt and Kunhardt (1996) explains that the reason why American us the leader in violent incidences such as homicides amongst industrialized nations is attributed to its past. Various issues underscore this point. [...]


[...] Is Violence an American Tradition? Violence An American Tradition Application of Textbook's Analogy Thio, Taylor, and Schwartz (2012) considers violence to be of types which include assault, serial and mass murder, terrorism, genocide, hate- motivated violence, school violence. The authors argue that the poor are the most likely persons in the world to engage in violence, specifically homicide. The poor resort to violence as a way addressing interpersonal conflict. This is why Thio et al. (2012) explain that although the poor or the less privileged in society the most likely to commit violence, most of the murder/homicide or violence that they commit are towards other poor people and not on those privileged. [...]

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