The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

How Colonization Fostered Public Mass Gun Violence in the US (and what Education and Society can do about it)

Stephanie Glick


This paper positions public mass gun violence (PMGV) as
an intergenerational consequence of the violence of colonization,
coloniality, and slavery in the United States. I map how the shooter’s
white privilege, alongside his white/male fragility, combined with a
national consciousness built on an ethos of colonization and coloniality,
leads him to believe he has unearned “rights” to the social riches of
the center. 

I proffer that most of us who benefit from capitalist, neo-liberal,
patriarchal state and social institutions are complicit in co-creating the
conditions that produce PMGV’s gunboys and gunmen because in order to benefit from these institutions, we perpetuate a system of insiders and
outsiders. As illustrated, some possibilities for allaying violence are
grounded in practicing critical self-reflection and pedagogies of


Colonization, public mass gun violence; white fragility; capitalism; education

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