author – activist – faculty – mom
Of course George Zimmerman is auctioning off the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin. Because this is part of our nation’s lynching culture. From postcards with lynching images to scraps of fabric, to pieces of human flesh, the bodies of murdered black people and the accessories of our dying have always become white supremacy memorabilia.
I have written about lynching in the past, and this unhealed wound of American violence continues to reproduce itself. What do the acquitted murderers do with all that leftover flesh? Clothing? Weaponry? Burn it. Bury it. Sell it. This is the way of our country. So why would this contemporary murder be any different?