Murder and Mattering in Harambe’s House

  • Claire Jean Kim University of California, Irvine
Keywords: Harambe, gorilla, blackness, antiblackness, human, black, animal,


This article approaches the controversy over the killing of the gorilla Harambe in the Cincinnati Zoo in May 2016 as a unique window onto the making of animalness and blackness in the contemporary U.S. The construction of the “human” in relation to both the “animal” and the “black” is explored. 

Author Biography

Claire Jean Kim, University of California, Irvine

Claire Jean Kim, Departments of Political Science and Asian American Studies, University of California, Irvine.


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