This brief article explores some of the implications of the Trayvon Martin tragedy for considerations of US exceptionalism, the concept and practice of fascism, and the nexus of racial and national identification. The term slaughter is used to describe in metaphorical terms the manner in which Trayvon Martin, like many young black men and women in the United States, have had their lives taken away with state sanction, by citizens and representatives of state(s) alike. Racial and gendered hierarchies, taken together, complicate our understandings of how states of exception, and habeas corpus actually operate in their American iterations.

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