Trayvon Martin's death is inextricably bound up in his age, his hoodie, and his race. An older white woman, even in a hoodie, would not have been a likely target for George Zimmerman. But Trayvon, in his youth, his masculinity, and his racial identity as an African-American, fulfilled the stereotype of the unknown criminal offender.
While we most often think of white privilege - that unearned assumption of benign intent and general positive regard - as a function of
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