Saturday, February 15, 2014

#R3DunnTrial Tweet Chat: The #MichaelDunn Trial: The Aftermath

On November 23, 2012 Michael Dunn fatally shot Jordan Davis at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. Police say that Dunn shot and killed Davis over a dispute of loud music. The shooting sparked national attention because it was almost nine months to the day that George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin. 

Dunn stood trial for the murder of Davis and while the jury found Dunn guilty of 3 counts of attempted murder, they were hung on the murder of Davis. During the trial, we here at Rhetoric Race and Religion collected editorials and essays associated with the trial and now we would like to facilitate a tweet chat on the verdict Monday February 17, 2014 starting at 1:00pm CST. We will use as our hashtag #R3DunnTrial. 


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1 comment:

Carter said...

Nothing is surprising. We have a profound understanding that racism is at the root of what makes America the country it has become. It has become a system that targets young black males because of their "threat" to society. We see in films like "Birth of a Nation" that the black man poses a threat not just to the white woman, but the well being of the past and obviously still present, white power establishment who sees it as their duty to eliminate through extreme measures any threat to their values. In this case, it seemed to be a young black male playing his loud music (as I still do today). Without magnifying in on racism too much, we must know that it is what it is, and that white man simply wanted to rid of the victim. But what is important here is not so much to see that justice is done, for we know that the situation is being handled through the law of the land and not the law of God so at the end of the day, a decision will be made and if it does not fall on the side of true justice then we must except it for what it is and without responding in ways reminiscent of the late 1960's riots, we must continue to educate our young people(especially our young black males)using the very history that is inextricably connected to the topic for which this comment is written. From Emmitt Till, to Oscar Grant, to Trayvon Martin, seems one understanding is universal: young black male in the wrong place at the wrong time killed in cold blood by a white man, all of whom did not receive the justice many thought they deserved. Along with countless others, we add young Jordan Davis to this list. I know they're rest in peace but may those living seek to live in peace. Hate will go nowhere, so we must organize against it and along the way let us bypassing rage as we hold strong in our faith and continue moving forward.