The Weaponization of Animals

By: Anna Yu, Aysia Bondurant, Haley Cowles, Sydni Stewart, Taiye Ojeikere

An exploration of the weaponization of dogs and sharks during the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its effects on the present day.

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Our project looks at the weaponization of animals, specifically dogs and sharks, against Black individuals starting from the Transatlantic Slave Trade and continuing to modern day in the United States. Beginning with a dive into the historical context of animal weaponization, we tie this history into the development and multi-generational transmission of trauma and other psychopathologies, including specific phobias. Through a range of academic studies, paintings, books, movies, primary sources, and poetry, we capture how these complex issues have been documented over time and across many different viewpoints.

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