"stand your ground" & double standards. Time for White Americans To Wake the Hell Up! Protest outside the ALEC Headquarters in Washington DC, March 29, 2012, against ALEC, the NRA and "Stand Your Ground" laws.
(Photo: LaDawna Howard / Flickr)The Michael Dunn trial has all but proven that it's legal in red "Stand Your Ground, Shoot First" states for a white man to kill a black man simply because he's afraid of black people. And just a few months ago, the Supreme Court said that there's no longer any significant racial discrimination or animosity in America in its ruling on the Voting Rights Act.
So, with that in mind, let's take a look at how things really are in America today when it comes to racial equality. In response to the Jordan Davis case and the Trayvon Martin case, the folks over at ColorOfChange.org have launched a new campaign titled "Black Lives Matter. " They're calling on Americans to, "Take action to help prevent the loss of another Trayvon or Jordan. " Nancy LeTourneau has compiled some of the tweets over at her Horizons blog.
Cornel West Explains to Dr. Wilmer Leon Why He'll Never Stop Speaking Up for Black People. DN! Trial Begins in Case of Man Who Murdered Florida Teen Jordan Davis Over Loud Music. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We turn now to the tragic case of a Florida high school student named Jordan Davis, who was shot dead in 2012 on the day after Thanksgiving.
LUCIA McBATH: I appear here before you because my son Jordan was shot and killed last November while sitting in the back seat of a friend’s car listening to loud music. The man who killed him opened fire on four unarmed teenagers, even as they tried to move out of harm’s way. That man was empowered by the "Stand Your Ground" statute. I am here to tell you there was no ground to stand. There was no threat. There was a vociferous argument about music, during which the accused, Michael Dunn, did not feel that he was treated with respect.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Those were the words of Lucia McBath, the mother of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, testifying before the Senate in October. Click here to support this global independent news hour today. Mistrial on murder charge in Dunn trial. Michael Dunn was found guilty on three counts of second degree attempted murder on Saturday in the so-called “loud music” murder trial, as well as one charge of shooting into an occupied vehicle.
But a deadlocked jury did not reach a verdict on one count of first degree murder, and a mistrial was declared on that charge. msnbc Live, 2/15/14, 8:15 PM ET. Feb 14 Dr. Leon Presciption on Breaking the Set. Feb 14 Dr. Leon Presciption on Breaking the Set... I'm Scared That a White Person Will Shoot Me. February 19, 2014 | Like this article?
Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. The Prisoner's Dilemma is one of the most written about and studied "games" in the social sciences. White Supremacist “Analyst” on Cable News’ Coverage of Zimmerman & Dunn Trials. The trials of both Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman have brought national attention to Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.
Media coverage of the trials has also proven to be an enormous boon for certain white supremacists, who have managed to use mainstream news outlets as a platform for bigotry. US general criticised over photo-op with Afghan cop accused of human rights abuses. ‘I hate that thug music,’ white man told fiancée moments before gunning down black teen. By Travis GettysMonday, February 10, 2014 10:19 EDT.
A TV Star Had To Explain Why A White Man Killing A Black Kid Is An American Problem, Not A Black One. Juror reveals why panel deadlocked on "loud music" murder charge. One of the jurors in the so-called “loud music” trial said the jury deadlocked on the charge of first-degree murder because three other jurors believed Michael Dunn had acted in self-defense.
Juror #4, who was only identified by her first name, Valerie, told ABC News in an interview this week she believes that Dunn got away with murder, and the majority of other jurors wanted to convict Dunn on the murder charge in the shooting death of Jordan Davis. Freelance Stop-and-Shoot. The murder of Jordan Davis—like that of Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin and so many others—reflects a racist culture in which the black body is considered fair game.
There is a moment in the film 12 Years a Slave when Solomon Northup understands the depth of the trouble he is in. Lying shackled in a pen after having been drugged, kidnapped and sold to slave traders, he wakes up to protest to his captors that he is a free man. They demand to see his free papers. Just a few days earlier, he had thought carrying such papers unnecessary, even in a slave state. “I thought at the time, I must confess, that the papers were scarcely worth the cost of obtaining them,” he wrote in his memoir. More than 150 years later, the status of free black men—and women in a different way, but to a parallel extent—is still precarious.
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