Militarizing the Everyday

With the police violence inherent in our current society being publicly unveiled and protested, in addition to the increasing coverage of the US-Mexico border policing and the overall reaction to uprising across the country, it is becoming apparent that we live in a highly militarized society.  Nola Kline for Anthropology News identifies and supports the role that anthropologists can play in attempting to reduce this militarized society in her article “Militarizing Life.”  Perhaps the most interesting of her strategies was the call for anthropologists to address “reframing events such as those impacting communities in Ferguson and Atlanta as a part of life affecting everyone.”  While it is often easy to view these events as tragedies, but distant tragedies, anthropologists and reporting personnel alike need to push the fact that these events affect everyone regardless of geographic location.  The militarization of our society in one area is not simply that; it is a reflection of the fact that we allow the militarization of police to continue as a nation.  Anthropologists, those who are perhaps best suited to observe this phenomenon, can look to use their skills for change as Kline observes.  As a greater and more complete awareness of this militarization occurs, only then will policies begin to shift for the better.