source: Facing South
published: 1 October 2014
With the nation still reeling from the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the ongoing protests the incident has sparked, CounterPunch Books has released an anthology examining American violence against people of color through the lens of the 2012 shooting death of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was ultimately acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
“Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence” includes contributions from Cornel West and Amy Goodman, Patricia Williams, Vijay Prashad, Thandisizwe Chimurenga, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs. It also includes an essay by Facing South publisher Chris Kromm titled “The New Vigilantes,” about the so-called “shoot first” lobby that pressed for laws like the one that allowed Zimmerman to walk free after shooting Martin.
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