Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 4, Issue 1
fall 2013
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Craig Canfield
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

“Racial Sovereignty and 'Shooter' Violence: Oak Creek massacre, normative citizenship and the state” in Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory

Inderpal Grewal

PhotoThe massacre at Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Gurdwara requires us to examine how and why so many white men are allowed to amass weapons that enable them to kill groups of people in incidents that are euphemistically called ‘mass shootings’. Neither ‘hate crime’ statutes nor surveillance over neo-Nazis can address why such violence is allowed to continue. This paper argues that ‘racial sovereignty’ is given to white, Christian males as the state disperses sovereignty on to the ‘private’ spheres of white men and corporate power. Such dispersal means that ‘ordinary’ white men are allowed to be perpetrators if violence while the state focuses its attention on surveillance and incarceration of non-whites and those who ‘look Muslim’.

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