What Memes Mean: 'Trayvoning' and the Problem of Irreverent Humor

Each Wednesday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.The recent shooting of Trayvon Martin was a sad tale, sparking much discussion on a number of racial and social issues. (Please see the collection of links here for CaPC’s articles concerning the tragedy.) Recently, an attempt at a Trayvon Martin related meme sprung up, though (thankfully) it was put to rest quickly.The meme was similar in form to me … [Read more...]

Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Christian Silence & the Need for Radical Grace

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” — Ida B. WellsOn February 26, 2012, a young man named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by an armed neighborhood watch volunteer. Trayvon was not committing a crime at the time, nor was he armed.The shooter, George Zimmerman, was told not to pursue him by 911 operators, but he ignored that instruction.What exactly led to the shooting after that is unclear. The facts may suggest that the shooting itself and the way the case … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: An Apology for the Other Trayvon Martin

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them.You don't know the other Trayvon Martin. You might know his picture was posted by thousands of people on Facebook because he was confused with the Trayvon Martin who was recently killed by George Zimmerman. All we know about the other Trayvon Martin is that he a 17 year old boy who happens to have a picture of himself in sagging pants throwing double … [Read more...]