A "web of interconnected histories and contexts that made it possible for George Zimmerman to shoot Trayvon Martin and walk away cannot be separated from white supremacy, colonialism, heteromasculinity, and capitalism,” according to a public university professor.
Dr. Erica R. Meiners, a professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at Northeastern Illinois University, made her statement while taking part in a panel discussion of self-described “queer feminist scholars," Campus Reform reports.
“These killing threads shape the world we inhabit,” Meiners added.
The event titled “Transformative Justice and The Trayvon Martin Case: A Consideration" was held at the Jane Adaams Hull House in Chicago on Aug. 15.
Mariame Kaba, the event organizer and founding director of Project NIA, which sponsored the discussion, said it was a coincidence that all the panelists were queer feminist scholars, Campus Reform reports.
According to an event invitation published on ChicagoPride.com, the panel discussion also was intended to explore “whether the criminal legal system is the ‘best’ way to seek accountability for harm has been ongoing for several years."
Meiners did not respond to requests for comment, according to Campus Reform.
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)