May 15, 2012
Selling Trayvon Martin for Target Practice | Mother Jones

For $8, you could practice shooting Trayvon Martin right where George Zimmerman did. Seriously.

There’s a new low in the highly charged Trayvon Martin case. According to a report from Florida TV news station WKMG, an unidentified entrepreneur aimed to profit by selling paper gun targets depicting the unarmed teenager slain in February. The targets, which were advertised for sale online until Friday, feature a hoodie with crosshairs over the chest—the place where George Zimmerman shot Martin at point-blank range. While there’s plain black in lieu of Martin’s face, tucked into the hoodie’s arm are a bag of Skittles and can of iced tea like the kind Martin was carrying on that fateful night.

If I shudder any more violently, I’ll spill my coffee.

Read the rest of the article and watch the original WKMG report here.


March 28, 2012
"A black body in public space must presume its own guilt and be prepared to present a rigidly controlled public performance of docility and respectability."

Trayvon Martin: What It’s Like to Be a Problem | The Nation

Melissa Harris-Perry delivers an eloquent and insightful discussion on race and public space in America.

Trayvon Martin was not innocent. He was guilty of being black in presumably restricted public space. For decades, Jim Crow laws made this crime statutory. They codified the spaces into which black bodies could not pass without encountering legal punishment. They made public blackness a punishable offense. The 1964 Civil Rights Act removed the legal barriers but not the social sanctions and potentially violent consequences of this “crime.” George Zimmerman’s slaying of Trayvon Martin—and the subsequent campaign to smear Martin—is the latest and most jarring reminder that it is often impossible for a black body to be innocent.

Read the full article here

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