In 2014, Palestinians in Gaza tweeted protesters in Ferguson advice on how to deal with tear gas. These Tweets gained worldwide attention. Black Americans, living in democratic America, were being tear-gassed just like Palestinians living under military occupation. Studies have focused on the interaction between protesters and police, the agents shooting the tear gas. Some have paid particular attention to police brutality, while others have focused on the actions of protestors. This paper focuses on the increasingly militarized tactics and tools police utilize in Palestine and the United States to control and contain protests. Through a comparative lens, this paper explores the ways in which the violence that results from the use of so-called "non-lethal" tools reveals a colonial mindset and reality that continues to the present.
This paper will analyze the history of Zimbabwe and identify the recurring themes of racism that ultimately led to Mugabe’s ascension to power and his effect on the country. I will identify the founding of Rhodesia in the late nineteenth century by Cecil Rhodes and his impact on the build-up to the Unilateral Declaration of Independence of 1965. The main purpose of my study is to identify the progression of instability in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe by looking at the country’s social and political turmoil as a result of racism by the white leadership, leading to the instability that is a major theme to this day.