#DangerousBlackKids Dominates Twitter Timelines
Chloe Herring | 2/17/2014, 12:47 p.m.
What happens when Black people play on the unfair and derogatory ideas about our children? Stereotypes get broken, of course. The trending topic on Twitter, #DangerousBlackKids on the surface may appear to be another bigoted attempt by racist trolls, but search the hashtag and you’ll find throwback photos of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. You will see Black children and their smiling faces. Black children playing instruments. Black children participating in extracurricular activities or just being their plain cute selves. Captions like “My son. Clearly planning a robbery” challenge the unwarranted fear and inherent criminality of Black men discussed to large extent after the verdict (and lack thereof) was reached in the Michael Dunn Trial Saturday, Feb. 16, 2014.
Dunn was on trial for the shooting death of Jacksonville teen, Jordan Davis, who was in a red SUV at a gas station allegedly playing loud music with friends. What happened after that left one teenager, unarmed Jordan Davis, dead after Dunn shot ten bullets into the truck.
Dunn claims he feared for his life. George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin several months before Davis’ life was robbed, also said he felt threatened.
Davis’ family and friends sat in the Duval County Courtroom as the verdict for four counts were read. Dunn, 47, was found guilty on four charges that will keep him behind bars for at least 75 years, but the jury was unable to reach a decision on the one count that would convict Dunn for the murder of Davis.
After losing two Black male teens to gun violence and their assailants avoiding murder charges, parents have turned to Twitter to question society’s irrational fear of Black children, seemingly maintained by Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, which is arguably creating grounds for people to shoot our young men down. The irony in the commentary is actually quite chilling considering that perhaps some loathsome individuals never see the true humanity of our children before labeling them as a threat, before fearing their lives and before choosing to pick up a weapon and kill.
Check out our favorite #BlackDangerousKids Tweets below.