Could Election Violence Happen Here?

U-T San Diego -- The images seem like something from a gory Halloween event: a raised machete, a bloodied face, a severed arm. But these photos, in an exhibit at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, are part of an eyewitness account of post-election violence in Kenya following their last elections in 2007.

As Americans reflect back on our elections, we should ask ourselves how the U.S. has dealt with a changing history of electoral exclusion, fraud and violence. The first impulse is to feel congratulatory that the rule of law, the tradition of democracy, and acceptance of election results by politicians and citizens alike protects us from such horrifying consequences. And we should also consider how quickly societies can turn violent when uncivil discourse plays on racism, fear and inequity. (Full Story