Listening In A Time Of War: On Violence, Peacemaking, And The Rhetoric Of Listening
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The U.S. state has murdered more Black men, women, trans, and gender queer people in 2015 than in the most deadly year of lynchings (Merelli). 2015 was in fact the deadliest year for trans women of color (Adams). And yet 2015 was also the year that Hillary Clinton began her campaign for president on a white feminist platform, which Black Lives Matter activists rightly called out for being racist. One year later, the sexual assault and murder of a white-passing UT student unleashed a flood of both white sympathy and anti-black symbolic violence. This thesis explores the violence than runs through our rhetoric, particularly as it relates to the intersections of race and gender, and wonders about the possibility for resisting symbolic violence and engaging peacemaking by listening with an intersectional lens.