n Journal of Law, Society and Development - Guns, race, machismo and oppression




The murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012 and the acquittal of his killer George Zimmerman a year later were deeply disturbing events, inflaming racial tension and provoking nationwide protests in the United States (http://bostonherald.com 2013). Two years later, I find myself seeing the tragedy as a reflection of an American culture burdened not only by racism, but also by wider oppression and subordination, hyper-masculinity, violence and an obsession with guns.


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