We Don’t Care about Jordan Davis

Jordan DavisRemember Jordan Davis? Have you even heard of him?

Michael Dunn, 47, is currently on trial for the senseless murder of African American teen, Jordan Davis. Similar to the Trayvon Martin murder, Davis was killed following an altercation about loud music.

Davis was murdered on November 23, 2012. He was only 17. Three bullets pierced his skin while he was sitting in an SUV.

And of course, this took place in Florida.

It seems unclear which way the jury is swayed. Yesterday, jurors listened to emotional testimony from three witnesses who were present at the shooting. Leland Brunson (18), Tommie Stornes (20), and Tevin Thompson (18) detailed how Dunn approached the teens at a gas station, and complained that their music was too loud. He then revealed a gun, and shot Davis when Davis refused to turn down the music.

The teens had no weapons, although Stornes has a criminal record, and is currently on probation. Reportedly, the song “Beef” by Lil Reese was playing. Dunn shot at the vehicle 10 times. He’s claiming self-defense.

The similarities to the Trayvon Martin trial are evident. We all remember the general facts Trayvon Martin case; Trayvon was on his way home from the store when George Zimmerman confronted him. He then shot Trayvon in self-defense. Trayvon, donned in a hoodie, had no weapons; only Skittles and Arizona iced-tea, which would eventually become the symbol of prejudicial suspicions for Black teens. When Zimmerman was found not-guilty, the issues further divided Americans. Some believed that Zimmerman was the victim, who finally cleared his name. Others, like myself, believed that Zimmerman got away with murder. To date, the incident is still very controversial.

The Trayvon Martin travesty ignited the racial justice lobby. It dominated news cycles, and encouraged heated cross-racial dialogue about race relations and prejudice. President Obama held an unscheduled news conference following the verdict, which further legitimized that oftentimes overlooked reality that we are not as progressive of a society as we would like to be.

Social media campaigns were remarkably prevalent. Online petitions spread rapidly. Trayvon’s story spread across national borders, and into even the most embattled areas in the world. The trial was broadcasted to the global audience, and we all shuddered with every misstep. Celebrities showed their solidarity with Trayvon and his parents. We all cared, deeply, about the fate of this trial and what it would mean for racial justice in America.

But all of this is lacking for Jordan Davis.

There is no hooplah. There are no cross country rallies, no public sentiments expressed by our public leaders. No one seems to care.

Jordan Davis’ murder was not widely publicized, neither is the trial of his killer. Why this is, I cannot say. Perhaps we moved on to the next big story. Perhaps we’re entirely too disillusioned by the Trayvon Martin travesty. Perhaps we’re unable to face another blunt defeat.

Whatever the reasons are, we cannot let another injustice prevail without a collective response.

Want to get involved? Cool! Please sign this petition.

If you’d like to take further action, please leave a comment, or contact me via email at arielle@blackmillennialmusings.com

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10 responses to “We Don’t Care about Jordan Davis

  1. Hate to say this but I’m kind of glad it’s not all over CNN and Fox News, all they do is sensationalize and turn these trials into football like spectacles where they try to get 50% to side with the victim and 50% to side with the perpetrator….That’s why they said everything about Trayvon that would taint his character (weed, school suspensions, his girl calling zimmerman a cracker, etc) but with Zimmerman they never ever mentioned his own cousin accusing him of child molestation or him assaulting a police officer…..They used the trial for ratings and so sponsors could sell pills during commercial breaks…..there’s a reason CNN won’t show the rich kid who killed 4 people and got 10 years probation or the girl Daisy Coleman who was raped by a high school football star and had her home burned to the ground with her assailant getting off…..As far as Obama on Trayvon, Obama doesn’t care, he was just there to calm people down who were riled up….him and Eric Holder won’t do anything or intend to do anything about this case, if they did they would go after the cops involved in the cover-up…..Obama even turned attention on the black community which I thought was a slap in the face, don’t blame a community of people for the police covering up the murder of a kid. The Truth is Racism/White Superiority/ Sexism is institutionalized in this country and until that’s acknowledged and we won’t see change.

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  2. I spent most of yesterday reading about all the injustices going on it this country. A lot of it is a White man shooting a Black person. I think if this was publicized heavily then it would encourage the wrong behavior. When Dunn got picked up he was actually shocked that he was in trouble. I think it proves that if you’re White and kill a Black person you are untouched by the law. If you do get taken in then the jury will find you “not guilty” because all of them know that Whiteness is always right and Blackness is almost always wrong (can’t remember where I heard that but it stuck with me). I hope these cases stay in the news but I also hope they don’t blow up like the case of Mr. Martin unfortunately did.

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  6. Because most blacks are out of place and need to go back home. I’m sure whites are very sorry they bought and brought you here. But blame your own ancestors for selling you off.

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