“Free but not Equal”: In the Wake of Trayvon Martin—American Anger and Visual Activism

Imani Wadud


This essay highlights how one event like the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin can be a catalyst that urges deep-rooted anger to surface in many American communities. My case study consists of photographs taken at the planned demonstration from Union Square to Times Square in New York City in July 2013. The iconography surrounding the protests in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict is explicated, and I draw on notions of how democracy at its best is portrayed though artistic activism and dissent.


American Anger; Visual Activism; Social Media; Affect; Trayvon Martin

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5283/copas.198


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