Sightings Articles

Woman peering out from behind red sign stating JUSTICE

morality | bearing witness | violence

Should We Watch Videos of Racialized Police Violence?

If we choose to watch depictions of brutality, we must do so keenly aware of the moral costs, benefits, and risks.

February 9, 2023
Israeli Police at Al-Aqsa

political religion | violence | history

What Makes a Conflict "Religious"?

Sometimes our categories conceal more than they reveal

June 7, 2021

violence | Race and religion

May 4, 1970: Kent State at 50

Reflections on the 1970 Shootings at Kent State University and Jackson State College

May 4, 2020

colonialism | jihad | repentance | violence

But Who's Counting?

The “Global North” is where most Sightings readers live. In his new book Crusade and Jihad (Yale, 2018), historian William R. Polk includes in this neighborhood China, Russia, Europe, Britain, and America, plus, presumably, “et cetera.” His subtitle ...

June 18, 2018

Beloved Community | Christianity | LGBT rights | racism | Reinhold Niebuhr | violence

Love Your Enemies: Moral Absurdity or Genius?

The Autumn 1942 issue of Christianity and Society published an article by Reinhold Niebuhr that began: “In times of social and political conflict there are always Christians who obscure the very genius of the New Testament conception of love by their...

July 13, 2017

Alt-Right | Dylann Roof | Jared Taylor | racism | radicalization | Richard Spencer | violence | white supremacy

Dylann Roof, the Radicalization of the Alt-Right, and Ritualized Racial Violence

Dylann S. Roof, the self-professed white supremacist known infamously as the “Charleston church shooter,” was convicted last month of killing nine black churchgoers at (Mother) Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolin...

January 12, 2017