The photograph for this article is the avatar that I use for my Twitter account. It symbolizes the gross injustice that black people face in this country. Those young black brothers were lynched by white men. They were lynched because of the color of their skin. Yes. For all intents and purposes, George Zimmerman is an honorary white person. Those racist white men believed that they were entitled to play the role of judge, jury and executioner. Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till were denied justice. Their bloodthirsty murderers walked free. In those two cases, the message was clear: black life is worthless in America. A dog's life has more value.
On several occasions, people have asked me, "Who is that person on the right side of the photograph?" He is Jordan Davis. His killer's trial began yesterday.
The Grio reported that:
Authorities say an argument over loud music led to the shooting. Davis was parked in a vehicle with three friends outside the store. Dunn and his fiancée had just left a wedding reception and were heading back home when they stopped at the store and pulled up next to the sport utility vehicle that Davis was sitting in.
An argument began after Dunn told them to turn the music down, police said. One of Davis’ friends turned the music down, but Davis then told him to turn it back up.
According to authorities, Dunn became enraged and he and Davis began arguing. One person walking out of the convenience store said he heard Dunn say, “You are not going to talk to me like that.”
Dunn, who had a concealed weapons permit, pulled a 9 mm handgun from the glove compartment, according to an affidavit, and fired multiple shots into the SUV, striking Davis in the back and groin.
Dunn later told police he felt threatened. His attorney has said Dunn saw a gun and shot in self-defense, perhaps laying the ground work for a case under Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
If the case sounds familiar, that’s because it has echoes of a trial that received wide attention and happened only two hours away.
George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen, in Sanford in 2012. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, was acquitted of second-degree murder in July 2013. He was prosecuted by Jacksonville’s State Attorney Angela Corey, who will also be prosecuting the Dunn case.
We cannot allow Jordan Davis to be denied justice like Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin. We must not rest. We must blog. We must speak out. We must protest. Stand up, people. We must demand justice for Jordan Davis!