TIME Magazine’s Harrowing Cover Says ‘Enough’ To US Mass Shootings
By Mikelle Leow, 09 Aug 2019
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Following two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, TIME magazine has focused on America’s growing struggle with “white nationalist terrorism” for its 19 August issue.
Its cover story, entitled, ‘We Are Being Eaten From Within’: Why America Is Losing the Battle Against White Nationalist Terrorism, identifies the culprits behind 73-percent of America’s mass shootings between 2009 and 2018 to be far-right extremists. FBI Director Christopher Wray also pinpointed most of the organization’s domestic terrorism cases since October 2018 to be related to white supremacy.
The typographic cover, illustrated by Athens-born, San Francisco-based artist John Mavroudis, comprises names of the 253 locations that have been victim to deadly mass shootings in 2019 “so far,” stresses TIME magazine.
Somehow, Mavroudis managed to dedicate space in the middle for the word, “ENOUGH,” illustrating the toll the tragedies are taking on US citizens.
As detailed by the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, “More than 250 mass shootings in the first 220 days of 2019 alone, it’s hard to believe that this doesn’t go without saying. Enough.”
An animated version of the cover, produced by design studio Brobel Design, can be found below.
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When you think of a terrorist, what do you see? For more than a generation, the image lurking in Americans’ nightmares has resembled the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks: an Islamic jihadist. Not a 21-year-old white supremacist from a prosperous Dallas suburb. But long before that young man drove to El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3 and allegedly murdered at least 22 people at a Walmart crammed with back-to-school shoppers, it was clear that white nationalists have become the face of terrorism in America. From 2009 through 2018, the far right has been responsible for 73% of domestic extremist-related fatalities, according to a 2019 study by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In the wake of the El Paso attack, which was followed by a second mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, roughly 13 hours later, Trump promised to give federal authorities “whatever they need” to combat domestic terrorism. The day after the El Paso attack, the top federal prosecutor in western Texas declared that the incident would be treated as terrorism. “We’re going to do what we do to terrorists in this country, which is deliver swift and certain justice,” said U.S. Attorney John Bash. This language matters, experts say. If we cannot call an evil by its name, how can we hope to defeat it? Read more at the link in bio. Illustration by John Mavroudis (@zenpop) for TIME; Animation by @brobeldesign
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