Fear of a Black Teenager

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Credit: Lucia McBath
Lucia McBath and Jordan Davis
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.

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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Keith Pmc
Keith Pmc

Because she was judged by her peers to be and she was judged by two jurors that were black so race has nothing to do with it lol , how racially paranoid are you guys man !!

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

Keith, SYG, like other laws, are SUPPOSE to be for ALL Americans. However, when meted out judicially they aren't. Why did a Black woman in Florida, abused by her ex-husband, she shot at him, receive 22 yrs under SYG?

andwilkes
andwilkes

I can only imagine the other comments, but if another person happens upon this quote I think it's worth it.  From http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/sarah-palin-black-woman-chair-twir


"...we're all trapped living in the real world. In a world where slavery happened, apartheid happened, the Holocaust happened, the internment of Japanese-Americans happened, and the institutional mistreatment of Native Americans happened. We can try to do what we can to make things better, treat others equally and fight back against negative stereotypes. That won't change the fact that race makes people feel stuff. Sometimes, that stuff is pride, like pride over a world leader that looks like you. Sometimes, that stuff is shame when someone who looks like you is being used as an object, either literally or metaphorically. The only thing that can be done now is for people to think about what their actions mean, and how those actions will be perceived. It sounds simple, but don't ever expect the limitless human capacity."


Peace be with you.

Andrea Hilliard
Andrea Hilliard

I'm not saying that white people don't struggle, or encounter jerks from all races, but comparing that one black guy who hurt your feelings and called you a cracker, to having a heritage of slavery, jim crow, cross burnings in your yard is shortsighted and shows that you don't have a true understanding of racism. Racism =/= getting your feelings hurt feelings by people who literally can't oppress you on a systematic level.

Maggie McVey Vogt
Maggie McVey Vogt

@steve-I live in the burbs so my kids can go to decent schools but I work in the city with foster kids who are from very violent backgrounds. They live in fear everyday. I spend many days in the homes of people who live in the most dangerous neighborhoods of north St Louis, working with people whose lives have been torn apart by hate and violence.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

maggie... do you live in the suburbs or the city?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

percentage of the prison population that is black compared to white, smh.

Nick Schmidt
Nick Schmidt

As a layman, no one gives a shit about your opinion

sley.stl
sley.stl

The Facebook post was intriguing and I was ready to be upset about it. I'm glad I read this, and I'm grateful for the honest perspective.

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

I stopped reading when he said I'm not a lawyer but. I do know that this law allows black people to defend themselves from black on black crime. I read somewhere that justifiable homicides went up for black people after the law was passed. It's not a bad law but the application of it might be because more whites get off on SYG than blacks but that could be from black aggressors trying to claim SYG after murdering someone for their pocket change.. The guy is most likely going to spend the rest of his life in prison, I fail to see the problem here. If these kids had been taught to respect elders they wouldn't have gotten shot. If they had turned the music down instead of being ghetto and cranking it back up nothing would have happened. Like the old saying, don't pick a fight with an old man, he'll just shoot you

Sara Ivie-Trankler
Sara Ivie-Trankler

Stand your ground is a pretty way of saying shoot a dark person.

Doug Aurentz
Doug Aurentz

Trying to say that a white person cannot experience racism is insane.....Seriously are you out of your mind...Anybody can experience racism you genius...Get off your high horse like you are above racism Whitey....I bet you cross the street when you see a black man walking toward you...If you had actually read the WHOLE article...you would have seen that the moronic author says she is going to do the very things she is against....And that is shoot first ask questions later towards whites..Fight racism with racism..great idea...keep thinking you have ANY idea wtf you are talking about

Michael Neely
Michael Neely

"Next time I get a feeling of imminent danger I'm going to do the same exact thing. Thank you, Michael Dunn." Funny, I was thinking the same thing. Conceal and Carry permit on deck. Look out. Lol

Stephanie Danielson
Stephanie Danielson

Too bad some young black males fit that description after abusing a puppy & posting it on fb. Disgusting.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

I don't go to the loop anymore. I don't know what color or age the shooters and thugs are, and I don't fucking care.

David Rodriguez
David Rodriguez

Ryan... every example of slavery is racist. It's not "color"ist. It's RACE-ist. The Irish were a race. The Taiwanese were a race. The Africans were a race. At least 3 different Eastern European countries were races. It's still racism, even if it was perpetrated by different people at different times.

Tessa Smith
Tessa Smith

RFT You are CROSSING THE LINE on this HEADLINE. How DARE you. How many idiots are going to see that headline then run out to the Loop and shoot some black teens? REMOVE this NOW. You must be stopped when it comes to your damn headline, DESPERATE methods of getting ATTENTION.

Andrea Hilliard
Andrea Hilliard

"We continue to highlight differences between us" Trying to silence a black person as they discuss their experience as a black person is another form of oppression. You don't get to pretend that everyone around you is white and erase the experiences that make them who they are. White is not the default. Acknowledging differences actually allows us to have empathy.

thediversion03
thediversion03

My question is how are you so sure Michael Dunn wouldn't have shot a car full of Asians or French exchange students or a car full of white wanna be thugs? You don't. Why can't this be an old demented man shot a young teenager over music? Wrong is wrong but if you distinguish color and claim racism then racism will never go away.

Benny EL Starseed
Benny EL Starseed

I survived. Doesnt mean I didnt experience violence and mistreatment. And when I was old enough, I moved the hell out of that backward ass state.

Chris Frank
Chris Frank

FYI - assuming he's white because he was offended at your post that mentioned "normally white males" is equally racist. That's like saying I can't be compassionate to womens issues, or issues of anyone besides fellow white males. Isn't that the exact type of thinking that has put us in this situation? We continue to highlight the differences between us, and in doing so only make the division between groups larger.

Maggie McVey Vogt
Maggie McVey Vogt

At Jorge-hippie? I'll take it over hater. "all you need is love" John Lennon

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

wait... you survived your teens years in racist, black teen killing america? huh. how did that happen?

David J. McCutcheon
David J. McCutcheon

$10 says at least 30% of the Likes this got are from dumb racist bigots who thought that line was serious.

Mike Bradley
Mike Bradley

Stand Your Ground wasn't even used in the defense! The jury convicted him on 4-5 charges and was hung on the murder charge.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Please don't turn RFT into a joke magazine. Retain some integrity please.

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

Folks, STOP reading titles and read the article. I could tell this was written to catch the reader's attention. It's basically about how teens should have no fear of being in public no matter what their ethnicity is, especially Black ones.

Janet Smith
Janet Smith

If you have noticed, most of the articles written by this douche are race related. Here is a comment of his that was directed at someone that tweeted that his article was racist and void of facts Tef Poe Ultimately I want 1 of these pissed off readers to come to one of my shows talking trash so me and the homies can f^*k'em up. Thats the goal...lol Yesterday at 10:05am · Like · 9

Jenny Oehm
Jenny Oehm

ok IF A BAD GUY attacks me on a street in my Neighborhood, and I have a gun, I will, protect myself.....AND NO, I grew up in Ballwin, 17years, lived in every corner of STL Metro, moved here again 11 years ago, Pensacola, deepest, poorest south away from the coast, and Blacks and WHITEs work ans live side by side,,there is no NORTH STL, or East side...everyone is poor. Like what Phil Robertson said....I never saw a black in the county, unless she was a maid waiting for a buson Clayton road.

Steve Ernst
Steve Ernst

Dear Tef Poe, you're a fucking idiot.

Andrew Ballard
Andrew Ballard

I only like this page for the hilariously poorly written articles.

Maggie McVey Vogt
Maggie McVey Vogt

@jenny ohem-this was not an issue of a bad guy in someone's house. That would be self defense. This was an unarmed kid who was killed because a racist didn't like the way he looked or his music. And I've got news for you- racism in the south is much more mainstream and tolerated than it is in the Midwest. Put down the hate. All we need is peace and love for all people. Left right black white gay straight Christian Muslim and everyone in between. If that ever happened the gun issue would be nonexistent

Keith Pmc
Keith Pmc

people are convicted every day for murders so stop the pc paranoia and disconnects in race rants , this is what is killing the dream of what one man had .

Keith Pmc
Keith Pmc

let me ask you why do you have to see people as white and black or brown ....?

Doug Aurentz
Doug Aurentz

Saying your going to shoot first and ask questions later......just like the evil person you rail against....way to go

Troy Woods
Troy Woods

No they are not. White people don't get convicted for murdering defenseless black children!

John Pratt
John Pratt

Rft is a bunch of liberal scum. You should go live in Afghanistan or Iraq if you don't like the laws here. See how you fair in a nice hostile environment with the likes of ISIS.

Lorilee West
Lorilee West

When it's legitimately used that's different. When old white guys think they can shoot young black men and this law is their defense, it's wrong.

Jenny Oehm
Jenny Oehm

Racism is worse up north than down here..

Jenny Oehm
Jenny Oehm

In Addition. On the average, more Blacks have used this law to save themselves, than whites.

Jenny Oehm
Jenny Oehm

Most States have similar ' STAND YOUR GROUND LAWS' I live in Florida, and if a BAD GUY is in my house, I will do anything, To SAVE MYSELF....ask questions later.

Keith Pmc
Keith Pmc

my only disagreement is race has nothing to do with gun rights we are all Americans and as americans guns are our god given right to carry and this is the fifth blog by rft thats anti gun ... im out and done with the trend lol everyone have a great day

Ryan Sheridan
Ryan Sheridan

So, the true litmus test would be conviction rates of white on white shootings, when the defense uses stand your ground?

andwilkes
andwilkes

No the litmus test would be any instances where a person was wrongly convicted of assault or murder after trying to use a Self Defense plea.  Of those cases there are zero instances.

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