This mystory explores alienation in a law enforcement family and anti-racist allyship after the 2012 murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Situated within key circuit of culture moments of identity and representation, I use the popular song “What It Means” by Drive-By Truckers (2016) and my personal experience to address whiteness. Colorblindness and fragility are twin components of whiteness in post-racial America that animate alienation and allyship. Both embodied analyses of pop culture and personal experience describe white identity and white privilege at the interpersonal and intercultural level.
Black and Blue: White Alienation and Anti-Racist Allyship after Trayvon Martin
Wesley Johnson is Assistant Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication at Pasco-Hernando State College. Correspondence to: Wesley Johnson, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, FL 34654, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wesley Johnson; Black and Blue: White Alienation and Anti-Racist Allyship after Trayvon Martin. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2021; 10 (2): 33–40. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.2.33
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