Related Story. Trayvon's young face was showcased on protest signs and memorialized on murals, countering the media's portrayal of an older, menacing Martin. Portrayals that capitalized on racist, anti-Black stereotypes that sought to vilify Trayvon after death, convert his hoodie from a routine piece of clothing into an attire creaming criminality, and strip him of the innocence owed to any year-old. The battles that erupted after Trayvon's murder erupted online and on the ground, and a new civil rights movement emerged that rattled the very soul of America, and called its shameful history and checkered present into question.
Calling Martin "a martyr" severely underestimates his transformative importance to the collective and individual consciousness that arose after his murder. He did not die for a cause, but rather, reawakened new causes among millions and recharged commitments among millions more.
His face an immortal reminder that Black life can be taken at any moment, no matter one's age. And his name a living call-to-action in the face of individual and institutional racism, and seven years later, an emboldened white supremacy being trumpeted most loudly from inside of the White House. The racism that drove George Zimmerman to murder Trayvon on February 26, — nearly seven years ago from today — has been lifted from the streets of Sanford, Florida to the halls of power in Washington, DC.
Almost everybody remembers the events of that Monday, when Martin — with a bag of skittles in hand and an iced tea in the other — was confronted and killed by the man eleven years his elder and more than eighty pounds heavier with a 9 millimeter handgun in hand, and an established pattern of being trigger-happy with calling the police on young Black men.
Young Trayvon wore his hood to stave off the suspicion that came his way, directed at him for no other reason than his race, gender, and how both were interpreted by Zimmerman who believed that "he was up to no good, on drugs or something. Racism, real and raw as ever, is what drove Zimmerman to pounce on the young teen walking home from the store. Believing that it was just another day, another routine trip to pick up some candy, another usual farewell to his parents before he walked out of the door that he, nor they, thought would be his last. Exactly 21 days after he celebrated his 17th birthday with them, his life would be taken far too soon for no other reason than his Blackness.
The seven years between today and that day have been transformative. As illustrated by the weaponized racism sweeping the nation, and claiming power in the highest seat of the land.
However, that span has also witnessed the birth of an indelible racial consciousness among people and communities who shunned it, and a renewed commitment to upending it among those who were resigned to inaction. His face and story reminded everyone — particularly Africans Americans and communities of color — that their sons or brothers, nephews or loved ones could also be victim to the same strain of racism that pulled Zimmerman toward Trayvon, and pushed him to the pull the trigger and take his life.
Days after Trayvon was murdered, I reflected that Trayvon Martin was his own person and an archetype of our brothers, our sons, our nephews, grandsons. Trayon is Mohammed walking down Atlantic Avenue [in Brooklyn], vulnerable to patrolman wary of his beard. We remember Trayvon in the wide-eyed smiles of our youth, the innocence in their eyes and the pursuit of their daily hopes and dreams.
Dreams that were permanently deferred for Trayvon, and desecrated by the Florida court that found Zimmerman not guilty 19 months after he was buried. His life is honored by the scores of activists young Trayvon inspired in the aftermath of his murder, and approaching a decade later, new generations fighting for justice and unapologetically confronting racism in all of its forms.
Trayvon gave birth to a new civil rights movement , during a crossroads in American history when the underbelly of racism was rapidly rising to the fore, finally exploding with the rise of Trump and the emboldened white supremacy he ushered into the mainstream. The millions Trayvon summoned to a life of action is great reason for celebration — and there is no better day to celebrate this than today, and all of his birthdays moving forward.
Today, we celebrate Trayvon's birthday. A day, during Black History Month no less, that should provoke action instead of reflection. Action that seeks to dismantle the racism that cost a young man his life, and a proactive and living pledge to remain committed to the racial justice work Trayvon 's murder sparked in you, me, and all of us. Khaled A. Beydoun is a law professor, and author of the critically acclaimed book, American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear.
Almanac of American Philanthropy Compact Edition. Karl Zinsmeister. Maintaining Segregation. LeeAnn G.
magoxuluti.tk | Three Black Generations at the Crossroads, Lois Benjamin | | Boeken
Friends Disappear. Mary Barr. Everyday Politics. Harry C. Small-Town America. Robert Wuthnow. The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Larry J. African Americans and Gentrification in Washington, D. Sabiyha Prince. Last In Line. Jamal Mtshali. Cradles of Conscience. John William Oliver Jr. First Strike. Damien M. Emeka Aniagolu. Core Values in American Life. Arthur Neal. The American Spirit. Edwin J. Wounds That Will Not Heal. Russell K Nieli.
Crossroads Jake Dahan for Three
I'll Find a Way or Make One. Dwayne Ashley. Racial Reconciliation and the Healing of a Nation. Charles J. Labor's Love Lost. Black Leaders on Leadership. Johnnetta B. The Black College Mystique. A History of American Consumption. Terrence H.
Telling Histories. Deborah Gray White. For the Common Good. Charles Dorn. American Educational History Journal. Paul J. Retiring Men. Gregory Wood. Stephen C.
- Athenaeum Boekhandel | Three Black Generations at the Crossroads, BENJAMIN, Lois;
- The Puzzle?
- Lois Benjamin?
- Das Flüstern der Fische (Bodensee Krimi) (German Edition).
- My Shopping Bag.
- Three Black generations at the crossroads : community, culture, and consciousness!
Walter D. The Black Family and Society. Mark Hulliung. Uniting Mississippi. Eric Thomas Weber. The Inauguration of Elizabeth Garrett. Elizabeth Garrett. Shaping American Democracy. Scott M. The Haverford Discussions. Michael Lackey. The Tie That Binds.
- Historie der Gewerbesteuer (German Edition).
- Bestel je boeken online bij Athenaeum Boekhandel.
- Democracy in America: Volumes I and II combined!
- Benjamin, Lois 1944-.
- Join Kobo & start eReading today?
Andrea Y. Brown v. Board and the Transformation of American Culture. Ben Keppel. Suburban Erasure. Walter David Greason. Freedom Is an Endless Meeting. Francesca Polletta. Transitions in American Education. Donald Parkerson. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart. Books, Not Bombs. Charles F.
Three Black Generations at the Crossroads: Community, Culture, and Consciousness
Helping Others Helping Ourselves. Laura Tuennerman-Kaplan. Environmental Sustainability and American Public Administration. Michael Martinez. Daughters of the Declaration. Claire Gaudiani. How to write a great review. The review must be at least 50 characters long. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer's personal information. You submitted the following rating and review. We'll publish them on our site once we've reviewed them.
Continue shopping. Item s unavailable for purchase. Please review your cart.
You can remove the unavailable item s now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout. Remove FREE. Unavailable for purchase. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Choose Store. Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! Skip this list. Ratings and Book Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Overall rating No ratings yet 0.