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Lost in the USAAmerican Identity from the Promise Keepers to the Million Mom March$
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Deborah Gray White

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040900

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040900.001.0001

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Guns and Motherhood

Guns and Motherhood

A Millennial Maternalism

(p.157) Chapter 6 Guns and Motherhood
Lost in the USA

Deborah Gray White

University of Illinois Press

This chapter shows how the Million Mom March helped parents, especially mothers, heal from the loss of a loved one to gun violence. It compares past maternalist movements to this one and shows the uneasy coexistence of feminism and maternalism. It explores how suburban mothers who were mostly white and urban mothers who were mostly black and Hispanic, came to believe that American society was sick, that all mothers were the antidote, and that together they could get gun control adopted and stop gun violence. While demonstrating the possibilities for coalition this chapter argues that the color-blind approach failed against the National Rifle Association, which evoked images negligent mothers, over-indulgent mothers, bad black mothers and criminal black beast rapists to defeat the anti- gun crusaders.

Keywords:   color-blind maternalism, gun violence, gun control, Million Mom March, National Rifle Association, criminal black beast rapist, anti-gun crusaders, bad black mothers, negligent mothers, over-indulgent mothers

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