Mistrial: Justice Denied

The jury is back in the Michael Dunn case, mistakenly dubbed the “Loud Music Case”.  A mistrial was declared on the main count:  the murder of  Jordan Davis.  Though he was found guilty on the lesser counts, the murder remains unresolved.  Once again, a young black man was killed, and the legal system supported his killer with the murky permissiveness of Stand your Ground.

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George Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara wondered aloud on CNN if “perhaps Stand Your Ground has emboldened Dunn and other people to take the law into their own hands.”  Just six months before, this same attorney defended Zimmerman’s right to hide behind the law as he stalked and killed Trayvon Martin.  O’Mara further stated that he sees racial disparity in the system “all the time.”

How can the man who defend the law say that he knows the system that spawned it is racist? How can the boy listening to his favorite music with his friends be cast as villain by this law before he is even old enough to vote?

How can we say we care about our children in a country where lax gun laws, over-permisive self defense laws and a climate ripe with hate of all stripes results in the death of hundreds of children and thousands of people every year?

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On the eve of Jordan Davis’ birthday, make a personal pledge that you will do what you can to stop the killing of young black men.  Get involved in nonprofits working to change gun laws and end Stand Your Ground.  Tell other people to get involved.  Talk to the people in your life about the impact of implicit and explicit racism on all people.  Hug the children in your life and teach them to fight for their rights.  Whatever you do, you can do something right now, this week, this year.

Susan X Jane

Susan Jane thinks a lot about media and race…a lot. She teaches Communications at Wheelock College, writes and speaks about media…and race... and generally encourages everyone she meets to think about the way media shapes their sense of self and their ideas and beliefs about the world. If you're reading this, she wants you to think about it too. Want to talk about it? Let's go.

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