RADICAL READS: Vigilante Justice and Racial Violence: The murder of Trayvon Martin

As the whole world watched the trial of George Zimmerman, anti-racists activists have long pointed out that Trayvon Martin’s death is only one among the many extrajudicial killings of unarmed Blacks in the US. For this session of Radical Reads, we will examine different media texts that offer discussions on the murder of Trayvon Martin and America’s long history of racial violence.

We aim to present different texts – videos, images and blog posts to allow us to explore questions such as: Does situating Trayvon Martin’s death in the context of vigilante justice offer us a more complex analysis of racial violence? What are the possibilities and limitations of the “We are ALL Trayvon” movement? How about the “We are NOT Travyon” movement? In light of the murder of Sammy Yatim, how we can we, as critical thinkers and activists, contribute a productive movement against state and/or racial violence?

Join us! Snacks and TTC tokens will be available!

WHEN: Thursday, August 8, 5-7PM
WHERE: Centre for Women and Trans People, 563 Spadina Ave. Room 100
*wheelchair accessible via Bancroft Ave.



(note: These are all relatively short videos and articles. Please familiarize yourself with these materials if you can! But if you weren’t able to, please do not be discouraged in attending! A few Radical Reads organizers will be giving short summaries of each article.)

Obama’s speech

Trayvon Martin and America’s Long Horrific History of Vigilante Justice 

Trayvon Martin’s Unpunished Shooting Death Among 100+ Extrajudicial Killing of Unarmed Blacks

Howard Medical Students: Do We Look Suspicious? Part of university students’ ongoing profiling campaign

Why Standing for Trayvon Means Standing Against Capitalism

We are NOT all Trayvon: Challenging Anti-Black Racism in POC Communities

Riots in Brooklyn show feral adolescents’ demand for entertainment is unquenchable


The Dr. Chun Resource library is a space for community members and University of Toronto students to access factual, critical, and alternative materials that facilitate resistance to oppression among and between diverse communities. In particular the library is committed to collecting materials that reflect the local voices of our community, and the voices of those who have been marginalized and oppressed in our daily lives and in political mobilizing.