Words fail. To those who said the justice system worked when George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, what say you all now that Michael Dunn’s jury hung on the charge he murdered Jordan Davis? Will you stand there and tell me that our justice system worked because the jurors didn’t have enough evidence to warrant a conviction?
Or will you, at long last, be honest and acknowledge that in our country, racism is so pervasive and runs so deep that all a white person needs to claim is “I was afraid of that black person” and a jury will relate to that and see reasonable doubt for a murder charge?
Three words. “I was afraid.” That’s all it takes, it seems, to justify deadly force against an unarmed black youth who was just playing music loud.
And if we spend our lives in isolation and perpetuate the myths and racism, we can then use that as an excuse to kill black youth?
I feel sick inside today.
There are many commentaries all over the Internet, but Ta-Nehisi Coates’ column reduces me to tears.
At long last, have we made no progress in this country? Was electing a black president a sign of progress, or did we just put an “oreo” in the White House so we could tell ourselves and the world that America is not a deeply racist country?
My heart goes out to the families of black youth who were and will be killed because they are black. I could not and likely would not have said what Jordan Davis’s mother said after the jury verdict yesterday. Her comments may have prevented riots, but Jordan Davis did not get justice yesterday. And nor will the next black teen unless there is a tectonic shift in our country.