What’s so funny?: Laughter as Violence

Spike Lee's Joints 2

If violence is defined is defined by the intent to hurt/damage… what do we call it when the perpetrator of a violent act does not intend to hurt but still does? Which subject controls the axes on which the word is defined- the victim or the perpetrator?

In Marlon Riggs’ Tongues Untied, there is a moment where he sits in one place, surrounded by a blackness blacker than himself; a reminder of what the color black actually looks like and how uncertain and scared it makes me feel. Is this what people think of me when they say I’m black?

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