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A History of Violence: Trayvon Martin and America's Long History of Legalized Murder


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A History of Violence: Trayvon Martin and America's Long History of Legalized Murder

Michael Gould-Wartofsky

At the Million Hoodie March, the name of Trayvon Martin was the first name on everyone's lips. But as the behoodied masses of mourners spilled into the streets of lower Manhattan, I heard other names, too, which soon joined Martin's in a litany of murdered children. As the names were spoken, sung, chanted, and echoed through the city streets, the assembled remembered a history that was supposed to have been long forgotten.