Post-Race? Trayvon and Racial Violence in the 21st Century

April 28, 2012

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Kevin Coval. Photo by Jerry Schulman.

The shooting of Trayvon Martin has prompted weeks of public protest. What does this fatal shooting—and the multi-faceted responses of Americans—reflect about the politics of race and racial violence in the 21st century? How can we decriminalize Black youth in America? What is the conversation on race that we should be having?

Panelists include: Gary Younge, journalist for The Nation and The Guardian and author of Who We Are: And Should It Matter in the 21st Century; Kevin Coval, poet, co-founder of Louder Than A Bomb teen poetry festival, and author of L-Vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems; David Stovall, associate professor of educational policy studies and African American history at UIC and volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School of Social Justice High School; Alice Kim, director of The Public Square.

This event was part of WBEZ's Global Activism Expo, which gathers hundreds of Chicago-area global activists—all featured guests of Worldview's Global Activism Series—each providing ways to get involved and join their efforts.

Recorded Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the UIC Forum.