By Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Collective, Nada Elia, David M. Hernández, Jodi Kim, Shana L. Redmond, Dylan Rodríguez, Sarita Echavez See
Development at the highbrow and political momentum that verified the serious Ethnic reports organization, this Reader inaugurates a thorough reaction to the appropriations of liberal multiculturalism whereas construction at the chances enlivened via the historic paintings of Ethnic stories. It doesn't try to circumscribe the limits of serious Ethnic reports; fairly, it bargains an area to advertise open discussion, dialogue, and debate in regards to the field's expansive, politically advanced, and intellectually wealthy issues. overlaying quite a lot of subject matters, from multiculturalism, the neoliberal college, and the exploitation of our bodies to empire, the militarized safety nation, and decolonialism, those twenty-five essays name realization to the urgency of articulating a serious Ethnic reports for the twenty-first century.
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30 • shana l. redmond Within six months of the Davis execution another black body was stilled and later revived as an international icon. Trayvon Martin was a seventeen- year-old high school student who, after a trip to the convenience store, was murdered by a neighborhood watch volunteer in the gated Florida enclave in which his f ather lived. S. 32 What is lost in these filial attachments are the complexities and dangers of black life that made Martin vulnerable to death at age seventeen.
I highlight here two instances that epitomize this burden of identification as a means of liberal political advance. It is worth noting that what I articulate as liberal is, to the minds of the actors, often considered radical or even revolutionary. I seek to demonstrate the practices that dismantle this promise and disarticulate it from previous strategies of defense. The execution of a Georgia death row inmate, Troy Davis, and the murder of a Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin, were the catalytic events that highlight this troubled political method and throw its premise into crisis.