Trayvon Martin in Popular Culture

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Trayvon Martin's murder is the latest in a long string of unpunished assassinations and assaults–from Emmett Till to Medgar Evers to James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner to Amadou Diallo to Sean Bell–that come to define a limit on the possibilities of Black life in the United States. Martin's death stands out from those that preceded it, however, by the solicitous reaction of the sitting president. This panel seeks to evaluate popular culture's reactions to this spectacular event. Individual inquiries might include an analysis of the Law & Order SVU Trayvon Martin episode, Marvel comics' Daredevil #31, the aborted boxing match between George Zimmerman and DMX, Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's 'Accidental Racist,' the reception of Fruitvale Station as well as the myriad hip hop artist both serious (Dead Prez, Mos Def, Jasiri X) and banal (Rick Ross, Li'l Wayne) that evoke Trayvon.

n.b. this CFP was approved before the events in Ferguson. I will seriously consider proposals that address Trayvon and Mike Brown.

This session will take place as part of the 2015 NeMLA conference in Toronto, Canada, April 30-May 3. Please submit proposals via the NeMLA website and not via email: