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Collective Pain: Youth of Color Facing the Aftermath of Mass School Shootings

Collective Pain: Youth of Color Facing the Aftermath of Mass School Shootings
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Author(s): Ana Lilia Campos-Manzo (Connecticut College, USA), Allison Masako Mitobe (Connecticut College, USA), Christina Ignatiadis (Columbia University, USA), Emily Wiles Rubin (Connecticut College, USA)and Joanna Fischer (Connecticut College, USA)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 29
Source title: Research Anthology on Modern Violence and Its Impact on Society
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-7464-8.ch066


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Mass school shootings are infrequent and involve predominantly White perpetrators and victims; yet, they elicit intense social reactions without acknowledging race. In contrast, shootings in cities are frequent, affecting the lives of people of color. Connecting both, this chapter explores how youth of color experience mass school shootings and whether the gun-control movement incorporates their needs. Specifically, 114 youth of color participated in an interview (2013/2015), involving a socio-spatial exploration of their segregated metropolitan area near Newtown, Connecticut, where a young White man killed 26 students and staff members (2012). Furthermore, this exploration involved unobtrusive observation of Connecticut's March for Our Lives (2018). Youth of color were concerned with gun violence in relation to police brutality, crime, and mass school shootings. Those in predominantly White cities experienced the collective pain mass school shootings produce. In contrast, the predominantly White gun-control movement hardly acknowledged youth of color.

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