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AFAM Salon: What the Trayvon Martin Tragedy Means for US

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The AFAM Salon: What the Trayvon Martin case means for us

Hosts: Winnifred Brown-Glaude and Piper Kendrix Williams



The February 26 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has provoked visceral responses across the US and around the world, even as the focus of the case turns from protest’s marches to prosecutorial maneuvers. In this episode of the AFAM Salon, TCNJ professors Winnifred Brown-Glaude and Piper Kendrix Williams will lead a community conversation about the issues that this and other recent killings of unarmed black men at the hands of either police or people taking the law into their own hands. The chat will take place in this space April 18, from 8-9 PM EST.

Among other issues, we’ll discuss:

  • “The talk” that many parents of color have with their sons about how to interact with police and other authority figures.
  • The use of the “violence card” in the public debate about race and crime
  • The rise of “stand your ground” laws,reportedly promoted by the American Legislative Exchange Council and the NRA

The AFAM Salon is an occasional series of online chats on topical issues, led by members of the Department of African American Studies,