Violence

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Trayvon Martin: The Latest Victim

It is impossible to get away from the a discussion of race when discussing Trayvon Martin's death and the circumstances surrounding him being shot by George Zimmerman.

I have been cautious to respond hastily to the 'not guilty' verdict recently awarded to Zimmerman. This is a very polarizing case and I wanted to think deeply before actually deciding what I want to say in this moment.

CRAZY LOVE

It can be very refreshing to stumble upon a story of someone who is really living out a crazy type of rebellion. This was certainly the case for me when I had the chance to read about Fatemah Golmakani, who immigrated to London, England from Iran 18 years ago. I want to stress that this is a CRAZY STORY! It’s not cute, or sweet and does not belong as some side column buried on the back pages. This is the type of radical love that SHAKES THE FOUNDATIONS and PULLS UP THE ROOTS of the selfishness which typically consumes our every day choices and decisions.

Don't Become The Walking Dead

The show The Walking Dead is getting a lot of acclaim for its first two seasons, the second of which just concluded. Adapted from a graphic novel, this TV show follows the lives of characters trying to survive in a world that has been taken over by “walkers”, more commonly known as zombies.

The Story of Ross Capicchioni

A good friend of mine sent me a link to this story and wrote; "no need for words, just watch it."

Canada's Violent Youth Culture

Here’s a clip from Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore’s Oscar winning documentary. It asks the question of why Canada doesn’t have the amount of gun violence as the United States.  You can watch it in its entirety if you wish but the first 45 seconds is what I would like to focus on.

It Takes Courage to Start Snitching

There was a fight at our local high school a few weeks ago.  Actually it was two girls attacking a third girl on school property (not exactly a fair fight). For these girls, any suggestion that things might be handled without violence just didn’t make sense to them.  They might as well stick their fingers in their ears and shout, “LA, LA, LA, LA, LA, I CAN’T HEAR YOU,” that’s how receptive they are to advice.

Casey Heynes... Hero?

A very recent viral sensation is a video of Australian Casey Heynes.  Bullied for much of his life, Casey is caught on film finally retaliating to one of his tormentors.

I'm Glad I Got My Butt Kicked

Until that moment I had never felt good after losing a fight.

I used to have a bad temper.  As a kid it was easy for older kids to antagonize and instigate me until I flew off the handle.  This led to many fights and violent outbursts.  The majority of my fighting took place between Grade 5 and Grade 10.  It is one of the things about my childhood that I am most embarrassed about.

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