In April 2007, a group of men pulled seventeen-year-old Du’a Khalil Aswad into a mob. They proceeded to stone and beat her to death, a supposed “honor” killing for allegedly falling in love with a man of a different faith. Several camera phones recorded the entire incident from the front row, and videos later surfaced online.
One month later, popular filmmaker Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) expressed his despair and outrage at the misogyny in all cultures on a fan-run blog. “Because it’s no longer enough to be a decent person," he wrote.
“It’s no longer enough to shake our heads and make concerned grimaces at the news. True enlightened activism is the only thing that can save humanity from itself. I’ve always had a bent towards apocalyptic fiction, and
I’m beginning to understand why. I look and I see the earth in flames.
“Her face was nothing but red.”
The arts anthology Nothing But Red was conceived as a way to raise both awareness of the issues he spoke of,
as well as money for the charity Equality Now. Poetry, prose, and visual art comprise this unique collection.