An(other) instance of how the crime this teen committed was walking while Black. Being while Black and male in our effed upped social system that institutionalizes racism and advances a necropolitics of disciplining/punishing the “surplus” bodies of Black men constructed as inherently violent. It is not irrelevant that the man who executed Trayvon Martin is so committed to the so-called “criminal justice” system of which he is a student. I plan to write more about that soon.
The local police don’t know yet if walking while Black constitutes an offense against someone holding a gun. Three weeks after Trayvon’s death. They are still figuring it out.
We vociferously “protect” some people’s “right to own a gun” while completely ignoring a young man’s right to walk and move his body freely in (a white) space. I hate guns and I effing hate racism. Justice for Trayvon now.