Is it just me or did justice take a day off?
Henry Crespo, Sr. | 2/27/2014, 9 a.m.
Because justice took a day off on Saturday, February 15, 2014, Lucia Mc Bath and Ron Davis could not celebrate the 19th birthday of their murdered son Jordan Davis on February 16, 2014. It seems unbelievable that yet again a jury cannot justify the murder conviction of a white man who shoots dead an unarmed Black teenage boy. In this case, Jordan, a young Black teenager, who was playing his music “too loud,” in a car with his friends was sentenced to death by Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man at a gas station parking lot in
Jacksonville Florida, in November 2012.
A jury comprised of 8 whites, 2 Blacks, 1 Asian and 1 Hispanic found Michael Dunn could not render a verdict on the 1st degree murder charge for killing Jordan Davis and a mistrial was declared by the Judge on this count. Alternatively, the juror reached the conclusion Dunn was guilty of 3 counts of attempted murder, and one count of firing into the car containing Jordan and his friends. So although, the 4 convictions carry a minimum sentence of 60 years — albeit life in prison, but was justice served for Jordan Davis?
I don’t think so. As a Black man with two sons living in Florida, I have come to the realization that Black men and young Black males lives are expendable. I see that the wheels of justice do not turn towards punishing white men who commit murder against Black boys because of an imagined fear and threat to life. Where is the humanity?
Jordon was a human being with aspirations like any other teen his age. Dunn’s action immediately following the shooting showed his indifference to the humanity and Jordan’s right to life. So, is this about race? Yes, I believe it is.
We need to begin to sit down and talk about finding solutions to the attitudes of whites who fear Black men and young Black males. Will this be the case that will initiate a critical dialogue on racism that will change the mindset of all people to create a state where we can live and work together in harmony? This country better began a civil debate and dialogue about race now!
Florida State Attorney Corey said that the state will retry Dunn on the count of 1st degree murder. Let’s make sure Jordan Davis’s death doesn’t go down in vain.