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|The Trayvon Martin case brought the ugly question of racism back into the conversation in the US. After a period of false postracialism in the wake of Barack Obama's election, this murder tore away the façade of harmony that US elites have been trying to convince themselves exists. The particular nuances of the case collide with the different stories being told and an ever-growing doubt concerning the authorities' explanation. Other similar cases are also being brought to light, including several that involve uniformed police killing African-Americans based on the police officers' assumption that they were dangerous or suspicious. This brings up the question: what made them dangerous? The underlying answer is simple: the dead were black. This is the same assumption made by George Zimmerman when he followed Trayvon Martin. This fact illustrates the nature of racism...|
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