My thoughts and prayers are with Ron Davis and Lucia McBath, the parents whose teenage son was murdered on Nov. 23, 2012. Jordan Davis was killed following an argument with an older White male who became upset that Davis and his friends were playing loud music in their car.
Michael Dunn’s defense team argued that he feared for his life and believed he saw a shotgun in the car with Davis. None of the teens in the car were armed. Among the disturbing facts in this case is that Michael Dunn had returned to his vehicle and could have easily driven away if he legitimately feared for his life. Instead, the 47-year-old grabbed his pistol and fired 10 bullets into the teenager’s vehicle as it drove away.
On the heels of Trayvon Martin’s killing this eerily similar case seems to be a harbinger of what could be in store for Black males seeking justice in our nation’s courts. In Trayvon Martin’s case George Zimmerman stalked and confronted Trayvon Martin, because he looked suspicious. In this case, Michael Dunn started an unprovoked confrontation with Davis and his friends because he was upset about their loud music. Both situations ended with the slayings of unarmed Black teenagers and non-murder convictions for their killers. How can Zimmerman and Dunn’s arguments of “self defense” stand, when neither Martin nor Davis instigated the confrontations that ended their lives?