The C.O.W.S. Gavin de Becker’s The Gift of Fear Part 4

Thursday, July 25th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific

The Context of White Supremacy hosts our fourth study session on Gavin de Becker’s 1997 bestseller, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence. de Becker is a White man, Racist Suspect. A number of C.O.W.S. listeners suggested that we study this book to help non-white people better grasp when they might be violated. The System of White Supremacy is designed to encourage White and non-white people to harm black people. The hope is that by reading this book, listeners will be more alert and responsive to signals that inform of us of potential violence. Interestingly, in some circles this text is regarded as “feminist” literature. de Becker does position (White) Women as the prototypical victims of violence. Last week’s segment explored the importance of context. de Becker stressed that context helps us make sense of behavior – so we know how to differentiate between acceptable and abhorrent behavior. He provided specific examples of workplace violence where the terrorist attack was preceded by threats or intimidating conduct. Interestingly, de Becker also referenced one of Whites most despised black people, the legendary Al Sharpton. The author compared Rush Limbaugh to Sharpton.

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