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Color Of Violence Summary

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Sadly, oppression is a common feature of power structures. It can be identified as a situation where an individual, group, society, culture or state, have power, be it economic, military or political, and exercise that power to disadvantage, and or overpower those who do not. Oppression means control and dominance and is observed in the form of discrimination practices based on gender, class, race, and culture that systematically produce inequalities. Today, oppression is present in the social, institutionalized, and economic domains throughout the world and is usually seen in conjunction with borders, both real and imagined, creating the lines that separate and distinguish between the oppressor and the oppressed.
Denying people language,
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Anthology”, we are given several examples of not only real and imagined borders that provoke oppression, but also the systematic support of these injustices. Falcon exposes the underlying structure of the US Mexico border security and its resemblance of war based on the abhorrent acts of rape committed by government employees and citizens under the guise of protecting or border. Falcon presents that the women crossing the border are already viewed as criminals and devoid of protection under the law and thereby subject to violence as an accepted and even expected occurrence by both the oppressor and the oppressed. Falcon argues that our government has created a military like structure of our border that provokes this behavior not unlike rape used as a “weapon of war, used to dominate women and psychologically debilitate people viewed as the enemy” (p.120). Gender and race intersect as systems of oppression as this actual border is used as a vehicle to justify violence and control of women specifically. Defenseless physically and institutionally, these women are without judicial protection simply because they crossed the US Mexico border illegally. Additionally, our current administration which shows little regard for even the constitutional rights of US citizens, further promotes villainizing illegal immigrants and
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