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Trayvon Martin Case "Murder or Self Defense"

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Spurred by social media and community rallies, the shooting death of a 17-year-old Florida youth has become the latest flashpoint over how young black men are perceived in the United States.Trayvon Martin's death Feb. 26 at the hands of a Neighborhood Watch leader in this small, gated Florida community has rippled through many corners of the nation's justice and political system and raised questions about the relationship between the black community and police in small towns.The case has resonated for many who say Martin died because of stereotypes of young black men as violent criminals.

The shooting is already being compared with high-profile and historic civil rights cases — for instance, a doctored photograph has circulated throughout many social media sites that compares Martin to Emmett Till, a young man lynched by white men in 1950s Mississippi."It's not about these individual acts of racism," said Mark Neal, a professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University.

"It's about the way that black males are framed in the larger culture … as being violent, criminal and threats to safety and property."

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