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Pursuing Trayvon Martin : historical contexts and contemporary manifestations of racial dynamics
Yancy, George, editor.

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x, 292 pages ; 24 cm
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"Donated by Emine Lâle Demirtürk."


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On February 26, 2012, seventeen-year-old African American male Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a twenty-eight-year-old white Hispanic American male in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman killed Martin in a gated community. Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics, featuring a new preface by editors George Yancy and Janine Jones written after the June 2013 trial, examines the societal conditions that fueled the shooting and its ramifications for race relations and violence in America. Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics attempts to capture what a critical cadre of scholars think about this potentially volatile situation in the moment. The text addresses issues across various thematic domains that are both broad and relevant. Pursuing Trayvon Martin is an important read for scholars in the fields of philosophy, criminal justice, history, critical race theory, political science, critical philosophies of race, gender studies, sociology, rhetorical studies, and for anyone hungry for critical ways of thinking about the Trayvon Martin case.

Table of Contents

George Yancy and Janine JonesJacqueline Anderson and Sarah Lucia Hoagland and Anne LeightonMaria del Guadalupe DavidsonStephen C. Ferguson II and John H. McClendon IIIPhillip Abita Goff and L. Song RichardsonTimothy Joseph GoldenLewis R. GordonWilliam David HartJennifer HarveyDevonya N. HavisChike JeffersJanine JonesTracey McCants LewisDavid PolizziE. Renée Sanders-Lawson and Bill E. LaivsonJoão Costa Vargas and Joy A. famesSamantha ViceCynthia Willett and Julie WillettVanessa WillsGeorge YancyCarol E. Henderson
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 Now You See It, Now You Don't: Magic Tricks of White Supremacy in the United Statesp. 25
2 Imagined Communities: Whitopia and the Trayvon Martin Tragedyp. 33
3 Indignity and Death: Philosophical Commentary on White Terror, Black Death, and the Trayvon Martin Tragedyp. 41
4 No Bigots Required: What the Science of Racial Bias Reveals in the Wake of Trayvon Martinp. 59
5 Two Forms of Transcendence: Justice and the Problem of Knowledgep. 73
6 The Irreplaceability of Continued Strugglep. 85
7 Dead Black Man, Just Walkingp. 91
8 Distorted Vision and Deadly Speech: Enabling Racial Violence through Paradox and Scriptp. 103
9 "Seeing Black" through Michel Foucault's Eyes: "Stand Your Ground" Laws as an Anchorage Point for State-Sponsored Racismp. 117
10 Should Black Kids Avoid Wearing Hoodies?p. 129
11 Can We Imagine This Happening to a White Boy?p. 141
12 A Mother's Pain: The Toxicity of the Systemic Disease of Devaluation Transferred from the Black Mother to the Black Male Childp. 155
13 Social Presence, Visibility, and the Eye of the Beholder: A Phenomenology of Social Embodimentp. 173
14 Trayvon Martin, Racism, and the Dilemma of the African American Parentp. 183
15 Refusing Blackness-as-Victimization: Trayvon Martin and the Black Cyborgsp. 193
16 Politics, Moral Identity, and the Limits of White Silencep. 205
17 Trayvon Martin and the Tragedy of the New Jim Crowp. 215
18 "What Are You Doing around Here?": Trayvon Martin and the Logic of Black Guiltp. 225
19 Trayvon Martin: When Effortless Grace Is Sacrificed on the Altar of the Imagep. 237
20 Coda-Through the Eyes of a Mother: Reflections on the Rites of Passage of Black Boyhoodp. 251
Selected Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 271
About the Contributorsp. 287