3.5 MINUTES: 10 BULLETS
JORDAN DAVIS: SHOT AND KILLED FOR MOUTHING OFF TO A WHITE MAN
|JORDAN DAVIS AND MICHAEL DUNN|
You might have seen this documentary, it was awarded a Special Jury at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, but if you haven't please do. It's an important piece reflecting so much on America's racial divide, our justice system and the bias against young Black men that pervades our society. Note that the defense attorney for Michael Dunn builds his case essentially around speculation and "made up shit," like the rifle barrel Dunn allegedly saw or that the four young Black men might have thrown the imaginary gun in the parking lot even though nothing was ever found. Now, I don't fault him for that since there was very little - read: none - of factual information or evidence that could have been used in Dunn's defense. As I listened to the defense present its "evidence" I couldn't help thinking that had the races of Jordan Davis and Michael Dunn been reversed, there is no way that the first jury (who couldn't come to a unanimous verdict) would have found the shooter other than not guilty.
Also take note of Dunn's prison interviews and telephone conversations with his girlfriend. They are very revealing. They tell you all you need to know about why he shot Jordan Davis to death for either not turning down the radio or for swearing at him. There is so much history, so much fantasy, so much stereotypical profiling and so much unfounded judgement in his views and his attitudes towards the four young men and Jordan Davis. But nothing that isn't common among so many of us. When it all comes together, as it did on the night of November 23, 2012 (the day after Thanksgiving) all of those false pictures, erroneous images and unreal "realities," the results can be tragic. As they were for 17 year old Jordan Davis that night in Jacksonville, Florida. I'd be willing to bet that Michael Dunn did not have a single Black friend.
The first trial begins with Michael Dunn's Defense Attorney claiming that Jordan Davis threatened Michael Dunn with a shotgun or rifle. No such gun, no such rifle, no such pipe, stick or weapon of any kind was ever found.
|SITE OF SHOOTING|
|FOUR TEENAGERS IN A CAR|
You can view the entire documentary here:
(For whatever reason, embeds for this video were not allowed.)
If you watch the video you will come to know that Jordan Davis and his three buddies were about as far from being thugs that one could imagine. Except, of course, for the fact that they were all young Black men. For me, this documentary says so much about why Black Lives Matter, the current scrutiny of police department killings nationwide, and the banality, pervasiveness and corrosiveness of racism. It took two years and two trials to finally convict Michael Dunn of murder. And it all hinged on one extraordinary act of courage and truthfulness of one person to finally bring justice to Jordan Davis.