Here we are again, less then a year after the death of young Trayvon Martin another brother is wrongfully killed in Florida. Seventeen year old Jordan Davis was at a gas station with a few friends in their car when 45 year old Michael Dunn pulled up near the car to buy gas. Apparently, Michael asked the boys to turn down the music in their car, but they refused, and words were exchanged. Then at some point this armed 45 year old white man felt threatened and, allegedly, saw them reaching for a weapon. Mr. Dunn proceeded to shoot at the car eight times with two of the bullets killing Davis. After further investigation no weapon was found in the vehicle.
Mr. Dunn’s defense plans on using the now infamous “Stand Your Ground” Law which states:
“A person is justified in using force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if:
(1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony…”
Now I’m no legal buff, and those that created this law are probably much more intelligent than I, but this law is very iffy to me. The problem here is that when dealing with black men you are dealing with a group that is almost always looked at as suspicious, malicious, and up to no good. Its not because we are naturally more prone to lawbreaking, but a result of society. Black men have been portrayed as mindless, violent and dangerous since the first black and white movies here in America. We’ve been told about how violent we are to the point that it’s become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I don’t blame white people for looking at us the way they do, but I find it ironic. The most violent and destructive group in this planet’s history is the white men, but after only a few hundred years of conditioning and WorldStarHipHop we think otherwise. This won’t stop until we can create our own reality.
Lastly, young Jordan is now with those that are gone and those not yet born. I wish his family the best.