Since the murder of Black youth by police has emphasized the deaths of males--only--a movement named "Say Her Name" has arisen.
Leave it to Mr. Koehler to--as per usual--leave gender entirely out of the equation as if the entire fabric of domination based on aggression is not itself a showing of raw machismo. And it's particularly galling given that he begins this piece exposing the murder of two women!
Here is the quote:
"This is the outcome of a punishment-based conception of social order. And because it’s mixed with racism and classism, the toxicity is compounded exponentially."
This absence--which is to say the purposeful rendering of gender AS invisible--is so recurrent as to indicate a serious blind spot in Mr. Koehler's entire perceptual framework.
Everything about a patriarchal order is misogynistic. Period.
Violence is not about "We," or any other generic nonsense predicated on "this is who WE are."
It's about male identifiers of power. And to those who have little economic power, other forms are sought, found, and expressed.
Gestapo, brown-shirts, police who resemble military fighters are always used to control populations. Thus the idea that THEY are WE is in and of itself such a glaring fiction as to serve as little more than a paean to all this State Violence set up under the pretense of "law and order."
Another ridiculous quote:
"We — meaning the police, meaning all of us — don’t maintain order so much as create it, day by day, moment by moment. How do we disarm this creation process and realign it with healing, growth and love, indeed, with the evolution of who we are?"