Unpacking 1619 History Lecture: Weaponized Whiteness and Gun Violence with Fran Shor

Why does the United States have so much gun violence and why is it so difficult to overcome? Obviously, there are numerous contributing factors to the persistence of gun violence from the legacy of a frontier past to the proliferation of guns to toxic masculinity.

However, one significant aspect, often overlooked, is the role of systemic racism. This power point presentation will explore the long history of racist currents in American gun violence.

Francis Shor is a Professor Emeritus of History at Wayne State University. He is the author of five non-fiction books and one novel. Other publications, covering a broad range of topics in modern US and global history, have appeared in scholarly and popular online journals. In addition to his academic work, he has been a long-time peace and justice advocate.