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The Trayvon Martin in Us: An American TragedyThe Trayvon Martin in US: An American Tragedy
by Emmanuel Harris II (Editor), Antonio D. Tillis (Editor)
#TrayvonMartin

The events surrounding the Trayvon Martin murder, trial and acquittal bring to public and private discourse the violent, brutal murders of Emmett Till, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Dr. King, while bringing back to memory the racially provoked murders of Black American and Black immigrant men such as Amadou Diallo, Oscar Grant and more recently, Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York. The name of Trayvon Martin has become trope in the 21st century, which crystallizes US racial politics regarding Blackness, specifically the Black male: a metaphoric symbol of this history of America's regard for Black bodies, as well as a metonym, a name that has become a contemporary substitute for terrorist attacks targeting Black bodies. The works included here imply that Trayvon Martin, as trope, reverberates in the most conscientious of 'US'; and, this epic tragedy is one that has plagued 'US' since Africans and people of African descent first arrived to the Americas. The essays range from the profoundly personal to the thoroughly investigated, and conclude with the statement from President Barack H. Obama in the epilogue. The Trayvon Martin in US is essential reading for anyone who is involved in race relations or teaches the topic.

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Emmanuel Harris is Professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He translated Sobre las Olas/Over the Waves by Inés María Martiatu Terry ("Lalita"), the founder of afrocubana studies in Cuba. This work was reviewed by Alberto Abreu.  Professor Harris also translated Malambo by Lucía Charún-Illescas, a novel of Afro-Peru.

Antonio D Tillis is Professor of Hispanic Studies and Dean, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs at the College of Charleston. Dean Tillis is the author of several books (Manuel Zapata Olivella and the «Darkening<187> of Latin American Literature, Caribbean-African Upon
Awakening: Poetry by Blas Jiménez, Critical Perspectives on Afro-Latin American Literature, and (Re) Considering Blackness in Contemporary
Afro-Brazilian Contexts
) and these articles on Afrocuban culture:

“Language as Vernacular Cultural Performance in Black Communities in Cuba and in the USA.” Revista de Estudos Anglo-Americanos. Edição no. 37, 2012.

"Cultural Transnationalism and Cosmopolitanism in the Poetry of Nancy Morejón.” In Antonio D. Tillis, ed., Critical Perspectives on Afro-Latin American Literature: Routledge, 2012.

“Cultural Transnationalism and Contemporary Afro-Hispanic Poetry: The Case of Blas Jiménez and Nancy Morejón.” Writing the Afro-Hispanic: Africa and Africans in Spanish Caribbean Culture. Conrad James, editor: London Adonis & Abby Press, 2012.

Latin America and African Diaspora Studies, Black Diaspora Review, Summer 2009

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William L. Johnson III: A Message for Our Sons and Daughters: Remembering Trayvon
Rodney D. Smith: I Cried: My Personal Sentiments About Trayvon Martin’s Death and the George Zimmerman Trial
Theodore W. Burgh: Why Did Zimmerman Get Out of His Car?
Quito J. Swan: If We Must Die: Trayvon Martin and the Black Piñata
Yvette Modestin: The Pain Felt by Every Afro-Descendant
Cristina Cabral: Personal Reflections on Race and Blackness From an Academic Afro-Latin Woman
María Zalduondo: Mater Dolorosa: The Bléssed Virgin Wore a Hoodie
Timothy J. Lensmire: A Letter to My Son
Emmanuel Harris II: A Message to My Daughter: Of Trayvon Martin and Young Black Men
Angela Y. Douglas: Questions Arise: The Political, Legal, and Social Implications of the Trayvon Martin Tragedy
Brian Lozenski/Jonel Daphnis: Trayvon, Medicine, and Education in the US: Moving Away From Individualized Analyses of Race
Michelle C. Stevens: Historical PTSD - In the Midst of a Tragedy
Louis L. Woods II: Killing for Inclusion: Racial Violence and Assimilation Into the Whiteness Gang
Dennis B. Rogers: Reflections on the Diversity of Thought in Black America on the Trayvon Martin Case
Deborah A. Brunson: «How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?» Reflections Upon Responses of Trayvon Martin’s Parents to the George Zimmerman Trial
Todd Steven Burroughs: Disposable Images of Our HipHoprisy: Trayvon Martin Stares at Emmett Till
Glen Anthony Harris: How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Reflections on the Trayvon Martin Case and the American Idea
Antonio D. Tillis: The Black Male Defiled: Whose Fault Is It? Critical Historical Analysis on Black Male Subjecthood.
 

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This book was the subject of a panel at the The Tenth Biennial International/Interdisciplinary Research Conference of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association (ALARA) in Kingston, Jamaica, 2014.

4:30pm – 5:45pm The Trayvon Martin in U.S.: A Tragedy of the Americas (Part I)
Moderator: Antonio D. Tillis (College of Charleston)

“We Rise: Let the Elders Speak and Be Heard”
Emmanuel Harris II (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)

“Hunted Assassinated, and Denied Justice: The Political, Legal, and Social Implications of Trayvon Martin’s Death”
Angela Y. Douglas (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)

“Killing for Inclusion: Racial Violence and Assimilation into the Whiteness Gang”
Louis L. Woods (Middle Tennessee State University)

“How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Reflections on the Trayvon Martin Case and the American Idea”
Glen Anthony Harris (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)

The book is also the subject of a panel at the Association of Black Sociologists' Race and Inequality in the Obama Era and Beyond, Chicago, August 20 – 22, 2015

29. The Trayvon Martin in US: An American Tragedy
Organizer: Sandra L. Barnes, Vanderbilt University
Friday, August 21, 2015

Trayvon Martin has become a symbol of the history of US racial politics regarding Blackness, and
specifically the Black male of America’s regard for Black bodies, as well as a metonym, a name
that has become a contemporary substitute for terrorist attacks targeting Black bodies. This panel
uses the edited volume of The Trayvon Martin in US: An American Tragedy as a springboard for a
conversation about this history of violence.

Panelists:
Emmanuel Harris II, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Antonio D. Tillis, College of Charleston

 

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