Students Spark Discussion on Structural Violence in Self-built Art Exhibit

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- SF State and UC Berkeley students Julius Rea, Jesse Sutterley and Katy Hada teamed up to create the exhibit in hopes of spreading a message and initiating change. “Structural violence refers to any social or political system that reduces one’s ability to reach their full potential,” said Rea, an SF State philosophy major. Rea continued to explain that structural violence occurs when a person’s education, economic and financial opportunities are limited when they are born in lower income areas, which almost instantly reduce “their potential as a human being.” “We tried to figure out how to talk about that idea in a more universal and familiar way,” Rea said. “It started from the idea to talk about structural violence, but then it became an intimate discussion with families on how to raise their children.”