Chapter 5 of my book Bad Men highlights the significance of creative productivity related to writings about two black boys: Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown. The combination of vigorous writing, fairly rapid publication, and unique reporting by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Trymaine Lee on Martin and Brown indicates why those black boys became so iconic in the public discourse concerning Black Lives Matter.
In addition to revealing the capabilities of two influential writers, the compositions by Coates and Lee reflect a distinct capacity of the digital age. Publishing online empowered the journalists to post blog entries and news articles about black boys at an accelerated speed in ways that other, non-digital modes of writing cannot.
This entry is part of a series--28 Days & Ways of Thinking about Bad Men & Vulnerable Black Boys.
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