Fear of a Black Teenager
The State of Florida should be ashamed of itself. Its Stand Your Ground laws are ridiculously one-sided. I'm not a lawyer, so I can't give an in-depth legal analysis about the situation, but as a layman I will say it's pathetic. It's becoming the 2014 version of blacks being afraid to go out in public without their freedom papers.
Credit: Lucia McBath Lucia McBath and Jordan Davis
Michael Dunn killed seventeen-year-old Jordan Davis and used this law as a cop out. To add insult to the injury, he approached young Jordan Davis and his friends first -- the teens didn't assault him or approach him whatsoever. No weapons were retrieved from the car, just a dead lifeless body concealed within its bloody interior. Michael Dunn shot into a car of kids and sped away from the scene because he was too much of a bastard to watch his victim actually die.
The truth remains Michael Dunn had to know he stood a good chance of beating this in trial due to the lopsided nature of this ridiculous law. Everything isn't always about race and racism -- sometimes it's just about being honest. In the blog I wrote about Paula Dean I said that the most outstanding problem with racism in America is the fact that closet racists are too afraid to be honest about their beliefs. Michael Dunn, more than likely, would not have recklessly brandished his weapon to shoot up a car full of young Caucasian teens.
Everyone listens to rap music these days, so hiding behind the music and using it as a fear mechanism that required him to shoot someone is a poor excuse. Newsflash, overly conservative elderly idiots: In this generation we listen to everything. I listen to country music, death metal, neo-soul, and yes, of course hip-hop. Nelly, Jay-Z and Eminem sold most of their records to white people. Macklemore is the biggest rapper on the planet at the moment, and he just so happens to be a white guy. Do us all a favor and step into the now. All rap isn't gangster rap and all rap isn't about niggas, bitches and hoes. Michael Dunn more than likely doesn't know that, and honestly he doesn't really care. His prejudiced fear of rap music served as the perfect excuse for the unthinkable. To anyone with any form of common sense this is ridiculous, but unfortunately crazier things have happened in the past.
This could've easily been a car full of asian kids listening to Young Jeezy. What if this was a car of female french exchange students listening to Lil Wayne?
I believe whole-heartedly that no one in the car would've died. Once again, this is a case of an older white person assuming they have authority over a younger black person. It's the "good ol' boys" mentality. When I speak to you, you better respond and you better do exactly what I say. I encounter it on the regular and I've learned to live with it.
The cowardly Michael Dunn is going to prison, but he'll live the duration of his life free from the guilt of being a convicted murderer. The state of Florida apparently has zero qualms with being infamously known as one where being a young black male is a crime. The judicial system will close its eyes to any and all wrongdoings in the name of honoring its Stand Your Ground slave-catcher laws. These laws give utter and complete psychos like Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman enough leeway to shoot people like myself in the face in broad daylight and completely get away with it.
He'll likely die in prison because he's too much of a chump to man up and do his time. Plus he's an old creeper with a previous history of dishing out violence to people that can't defend themselves. I can only hope the salt from his stony-eyed tears will eventually turn into the dust that will season his ghostly bones.
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