The articles in this issue of SOULS highlights the complex matrix of torture and trauma/ pain and resistance within the African Diaspora.
TORTURE, TRAUMA, VIOLENCE AND SELF-DEFENSE: MAPPING BLACK PAIN, MEMORY AND RESISTANCE (Vol. 15 #3)
Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago
Prudence Browne, University of Illinois at Chicago
In response to the July, 2013 verdict that rendered George Zimmerman not guilty of the murder of 17 year old unarmed Trayvon Martin, Vijay Prashad wrote Zimmerman is a Domestic Drone. Prashad’s claim that Zimmerman acted not just as a fanatical individual, but as a force sanctioned by the state raises deep philosophical questions about how we see, analyze and understand the continuum of violence inflicted upon Black bodies, and how Black people, in turn, respond.