It’s been a tough year for black children in Florida. First Travon Martin and now Jordan Davis. Two precious lives taken by men who lived in some fearful alternative reality. Neither of these non-black “men” were attacked or had personal property to defend. They became scared and used the Florida “stand your ground” defense as self-defense.
As a melting pot nation, we have to face our own racism. And we need to heal these wounds.
The jury in the Jordan Davis case convicted Michael Dunn on three counts of attempted second-degree murder and shooting a deadly missile when he fired 10 times at Davis’ SUV, hitting the vehicle nine times during the November 2012 fight. They were hung on the 2nd degree murder charge.
The attorney general in Florida must be absolutely blinded by her own ignorance or her own inherent racism when she said that if a black man shot and killed white children, they would also not be convicted. Hello! 1 out of every 6 black men have been incarcerated as of 2001. And statistics say that black male children born in the 1990s are likely to face jail at the rate of 1 out of every 3!
The UN Human Rights Commission found that in America “Racial minorities are more likely than white Americans to be arrested,” the report explains. “Once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, they are more likely to face stiff sentences.”
On CNN this morning, Jordan Davis’s mother, Lucia McBath, said she was able to forgive due to her faith. Wow.
Jordan’s Dad, Ron Davis, said he couldn’t forgive, mostly because the killer, Michael Dunn, was not sorry.
It’s understandable. Now, we know this shooting happened more than a year ago. As a forgiveness teacher, one thing I know is that we should never “should” someone about forgiveness, and honor everyone’s process. I do. And, until we are, God-forbid, ever in that situation, we have no idea how we would really respond. What I would like to say to Mr. Davis, if I could, is that he should not let his son’s killer decide his forgiveness. When you give the person who took your son’s life all the power for your own inner peace, you remain a victim.
I’m sure we all send our love and prayers to the family, parents and community of Jordan Davis. It’s a sad sad thing.