Standing Our Ground for Trayvon Martin
Standing Our Ground for Trayvon Martin:
Ten Things You Need to Know about About Law, Race, and Social Justice
A Teleconference Roundtable of Leading Critical Race Scholars, Social Scientists, Journalists, Lawyers, and Thought Leaders.
The death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman and Zimmerman’s subsequent acquittal have sent shock waves throughout our nation.
As protests continue to span from Oakland, CA to New York City, many Americans have responded to the unrest by defending the verdict in the language of colorblindness and the law. On the other side of the spectrum, critics of the verdict rightfully call for the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws. Yet the vigilantism that tragically led to Trayvon’s murder was made possible by a far wider array of legal and social arrangements than those that have emerged as the focal point of protest. In order for meaningful transformation to emerge from this tense historical moment, the ways law is deployed to present intolerably unfair social arrangements as inevitable, nonracial and justifiable must be confronted.
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Our conversation will cover:
The Law Didn’t Make Them Do It: The False Imperative of Zimmerman’s Acquittal
Vigilantism and Police Surveillance: More than a Family Resemblance
What About Trayvon’s Right to Stand His Ground?
Beyond Colorblindness: What Social Science Suggests about How Race Shapes Perception, Attribution, and Fear
Juror B37 ‘s Testament to Gender and Racial Power
The President Speaks: What Did He Really Say?
Concrete Proposals Toward Engendering Change that Matters
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Room opens at 4:00 PM est/ 1:00 PM pst
Tuesday July 23rd, 2013
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This event is hosted by the African American Policy Forum, and supported by the Critical Race Studies Program of UCLA School of Law, DePaul University College of Law, and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School.