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Black Twitter Responds To Dunn Verdict With Heartbreaking And Beautiful #DangerousBlackKids

Bfwlmz0IQAAzoCuOn November 23, 2012 after his son’s wedding, Michael Dunn pulled into a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida to grab some wine and some chips with his fiancee. In the parking lot next to him was a red Dodge Durango filled with teenage kids, who had also stopped for gum and cigarettes. Dunn didn’t like the rap music the kids had blaring from the car, and it ended in a disagreement over what Dunn called “rap crap” with him firing 10 shots into the car (filled with kids) because he didn’t like the music. One of these bullets left then 17-year-old Jordan Davis dead. Jordan would have celebrated his 19th birthday yesterday.

On Saturday, Michael Dunn was found guilty on four charges, including three for attempted second-degree murder.  There was no verdict on the first-degree murder charge tied to the death of Jordan.

I don’t know how parents can respond to this verdict. It seems that logically Dunn should have been charged in the death of Davis, but I think we have all seen where logic gets us from the past, including the Zimmerman verdict in the death of Trayvon Martin who was also murdered when he was just 17. It’s terrifying, and heartbreaking, and I think some unity and peace can be found with all parents who read about these verdicts, and who see images of strength and courage like this:

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These two moms, who lost their sons, for no reason.

I don’t know the type of fear and anger that comes with raising a black child in this country. For those of us who don’t, it’s hard to imagine what it’s like having a black son, especially a teenager, out in this great big world where there are so many people willing to assume the worst, to see him as a criminal , or as a threat, or to want to do him harm just because they don’t like the sort of music he is playing while out with his friends. I don’t know this fear, but Black Twitter does, and they have taken to the Internet to show us these faces of these “DangerousBlackKids”

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This is the world we live in, where unarmed black kids are seen as dangerous, where black kids die for playing their music too loud, because someone sees them as a threat.

I hope by the time all the kids in these images are doing what teenagers do, walking to their aunt’s house, blaring loud music, that the world is a hell of a lot less terrifying just because you are black.

(Images: twitter)

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  • rrlo

    This is so sad. I am so sad.

  • chickadee

    And, of course, Florida. What is it about that state that makes people think that guns are the answer? I think these two cases, added to the movie theater shooting, demonstrate the incredible weaknesses of public-carry laws, particularly when combined with the Stand Your Ground idiocy.

    Does anyone want to take bets that the guy who shot the other guy in the movie theater gets convicted on all counts? Because the victim was white. Apparently in Florida, all black teenagers are guilty of something….being alive and out in public, I guess.

    • rrlo

      I was reading about this case on CNN and Dunn apparently said to his finace that he wasn’t afraid he would be in trouble with the police – but he might be in trouble with local gangs… What an awful human being… CNN also reported that there was “mixed reaction” to the verdict – I don’t know how that’s possible.

    • frank ford

      Stop making stuff up dumbass!

  • mommabeer

    The culture of fear in this country that has been established and propagated is killing innocent people. CHILDREN. When are people going to see this? It breaks my heart.

  • frank ford

    Niggers are the worst!

    • JustAGuest

      Eve, I don’t know if you moderate comments, but this kind of language really seems like it should be removed if you do.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      and on the blacklist. TY!

    • Crusty Socks

      Why it gotta be “black” Eve? HUH?

      #HDY #dangerousblackLists

    • brebay

      blackmail, blackball, Devil’s food cake, it’s so ingrained in our culture we don’t even notice it in a piece ABOUT it!

    • Byron

      That’s more genetic and premordial than anything. Night is black and for hundreds of thousands of years big bad scary things came out at night. People have been programmed to fear “blackness” and to associate it with negative grim scary things. It’s why all those “light prevails over darkness” stories resonate, they tap into our very deeply ingrained fears. It’s why mythical “monsters” have characteristics of early human predators (such as Dragons being part snake and part bird) and why these things are common across various cultures and lands, all over the world.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      now I’m HUNGRY

    • brebay

      blacklist? *facepalm*

    • chickadee

      You should read the article on Slate that says that internet troll are unstable and possibly psychopathic.

  • Portia

    Trayvon, Jordan, Renisha, there is a pattern here that we in this country don’t want to discuss which is the life of a black child is worth less. As an African-American mom to a four year old little boy I fear the day he becomes a teenager (or becomes big enough to look like he is a teenager). We parents of black and brown children (and I include trans-racial families in this) try to insulate our children from this. We teach them how to dress, how to speak, what to do when they are stopped by the police, but nothing can prepare us for the person who will gun them down because they are black or brown. Nothing can prepare us for the Michael Dunns of this world who automatically think our kids are thugs or aren’t showing them proper “respect”. I’m devastated for these mothers and I’m filled with sorrow because there doesn’t seem to be an end to what is effectively legally sanctioned murder of our babies.

    • chickadee

      I think you hit the nail on the head about being a teenager. I think racists aren’t threatened by children, but as soon as they are old enough to be a threat in any way, they lose their humanity and become less-than out of fear. Stupid, ignorant, dumbass, hateful, racist fear with no real basis in reality. And those ‘people’ have guns. Couple that with the racist conviction that all teenagers of color are a threat, and you get assholes like Zimmerman and Dunn. And the guy who shot the drunk woman who had been in a car accident and who was looking for help. And the countless others whose situations aren’t deemed as newsworthy.

    • pineapplegrasss

      I think your comment made me tear up the most. As a mother of white children, (well, one of them is brown) I have never added to my list of things I have to teach my children: What to do when they are stopped by the police. When, not if. Yes, I’ve talked to my teens about what to do if you get caught speeding etc. Just not the same. I live in a racially diverse city and just didn’t grow up automatically thinking black means bad or scary or whatever and never taught that to my children. My heart doesn’t beat faster if the person passing me on the street is darker than me. I guess we are color blind and I like it that way, I always taught my children that its culture that makes people different not color. And that different isn’t bad, it’s good. We have friends of all races and colors. I don’t know what I’m trying to say, your comment just struck me. I too am devastated for these mothers.

  • Crusty Socks

    Just an internet lawyer comment:

    1st Degree Murder made no sense. This sounds like a heat of the moment murder, and it should have been 2nd Deg Murder. I dunno how any juror couldn’t conclude that.

    Dunn saw an imaginary shot gun barrel, shot the kid, went home and ordered pizza. SMH

    • StarHopper

      I’ve read elsewhere that the jurors had the option to knock the charge down to second-degree or manslaughter if they saw fit.

    • Larkin

      That was my thought as well. They charged him with the wrong crime. I’m glad that the guy is still getting a good 60 years in prison, but I wish they would have charged him with the right thing so that he could have been found guilty of the murder he most definitely committed.

  • Briella

    Of course, Florida. It’s always Florida. I live in Florida with a 12 year old daughter and my husband and I’m just ashamed to be in this state sometimes. And I’m also scared that something could happen to us. Why? Because we’re Hispanic, my husband looks Mexican, and my daughter has a love of hoodies and often doesn’t leave the house without one. My daughter, a sweet and smart girl, is even concerned. She’s even scared for the safety of her longtime best friend, who just so happens to be black. It’s sad how not being white automatically makes you perfect bait. It’s sad to know that many kids are killed solely for race, and that my daughter, my sweet, only child, with dreams of being a mother and studying in Japan with her best friend, and any other kids who are anything but white could be easily killed. I think I heard about a Florida “Hold your water” law which gave people a right to shoot people who peed themselves. My daughter loves this state, but I just find all of this gun stuff crazy.

  • RayneofCastamere

    This is the world we live in. Children being gunned down for playing loud music, wearing a hoodie with Skittles in their pockets, and basically for not being white.

  • brebay

    Teenage boys act like arrogant assholes in front of their friends. Why is one a teen and one a thug?

    • JLH1986

      Because one is white and one is black. Fair? no. Realistic? yes

    • whiteroses

      And speaking as the mother of a white boy who will (hopefully) be a teenager one day, I cannot TELL you how much that pisses me off.

      I have black friends who hope they don’t have boys because of what happened to Trayvon Martin. And that’s a goddamn tragedy. We don’t live in the 20s, for fs sake.

    • JLH1986

      Hopefully people like you and me will raise kids who eliminate that issue. Ugh. Its heartbreaking.

  • Kevin Miskel

    (Before I start, of course this is a tragedy,and anybody who commits a crime like this should be punished accordingly. That being said…) Oh good, another racially divisive news story. The news LOVES white on black crime. Do you know why? It’s so rare, and it takes the focus off of the THOUSANDS of black on black gang-related murders that happen every year. Just because these 4 black teens were innocent, that does not make ALL black teens innocent. Don’t be so naive.
    Watch, now Reverend Al and Jesse Jackson will go on TV and say how we’re reverting back to 1950′s Mississippi, meanwhile the black community will remain utterly blameless for anything wrong they ever do,ever, ever. Go to worldstarhiphop and see videos of legitimate dangerous black teens.

    • Marianna

      I have no idea what world you live in, because in mine the black community is rarely “utterly blameless” in the eyes of the law or of the general public. It’s actually quite the opposite. I’m not gonna go into the problem with gang violence because that’s a much bigger social issue. One that is so complex that I think someone that complains about a racially divisive news story and how black people are rarely blamed for crimes would fail to understand. But what this article is about is the fact that innocent black teens are being murdered and their murderers are walking away with laughable sentences, if that. Now if we switch the races and it’s a WHITE kid in a hoodie walking around his neighborhood, a WHITE woman knocking on a strangers door asking for help, or 4 WHITE kids in a car listening to loud music and then being murdered by a black person, I am sure those murderers wouldn’t walk away with just a slap on the wrist.
      p.s. Sorry for any grammar mistakes and I hope I got my point across. English is not my first language.

    • Kevin Miskel

      Its always whitey’s fault, no matter what, huh? Zimmerman was found innocent because he IS innocent. His head was being smashed against the sidewalk, and he defended himself, he has the right to do so. I’m not totally familiar with this new case, but it sounds like an isolated incident. It’s not common for white people to just kill minorities unprovoked. Blacks killing blacks is an epidemic, and is NEVER discussed on the news. The black community needs to focus on the real problem.

    • Courtney Lynn

      It doesn’t make all black teens innocent. It doesn’t make them all criminals either. Nor does it make all white kids innocent.