Sunsara Taylor: How does anybody think it's possible to out-socialize the institutions of this entire system without revolution?

September 22, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper |


Ray Rice's violent assault on his fiancée Janay Palmer has ignited a firestorm of outrage over violence against women. Rice is a National Football League (NFL) star, who played for the Baltimore Ravens. In February a video surfaced of Rice dragging Palmer, who was lying motionless on the floor, from an elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In July the NFL suspended Rice for two games. But then in early September, another video was posted showing Rice inside the elevator punching Palmer in the face, knocking her unconscious. The Ravens released Rice; he was indefinitely suspended by the NFL, and the league promised to take action around domestic violence.

But the problem is exponentially greater than that. The following video clip is of Sunsara Taylor, a writer for Revolution/ and a founder of, posing a question from the audience at a 2013 panel—"Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call to Action." That panel was organized by Eve Ensler in the wake of the August 2012 gang rape of a high school student by football players in Steubenville, Ohio. (See also "Verdict in the Steubenville Rape Case: There is some justice—but there's no cause for joy—in the Steubenville verdicts," Revolution, March 21, 2013.)

Recently, in the immediate wake of the Ray Rice/NFL scandal, Sunsara Taylor's video clip has been picked up and re-blogged at many sites, and her comments remain timely today.

From "Breaking the Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call to Action"

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