Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Michael Dunn: Another White Man Free to Kill Black Youth because he was "a-scared"

This is Michael Dunn.
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Last year, in Florida, he pulled into a Gas Station / Fast Food place.  The car he pulled next to had 4 black teenagers in it.  They were playing (his quote) "thug music" loudly.
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Way too loudly for the 47 year old white man.  So he told them to turn it down.  The black teenage driver and the 47 year old white man had words, and cursed at each other.
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Mr. Dunn, supposedly fearful for his life, walked back to his car, pulled out a magnum revolver and fired 6 shots into the teenager's car.  (Think about that for 1 second.  He walked back to his car and removed a revolver from the glove compartment on the passenger's side.  Which means he was "scared for his life" but had plenty of time to be pissed off.)  He fired another 4 as the car was driving away.
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Oddly enough, Mr Dunn, remember fearful for his life (from "thug music") and firing 10 shots at a vehicle and killing 1 black young man, was not so fearful as to go to the police.  In fact he went back to his hotel.  Checked out and drove back to his home, a few counties away.  Never informing the police of the action.  Because, well, killing a young black man in Florida isn't a fucking big deal.
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So, like the Trayvon Martin case, a fearful white man killed a black young male with whom he had instigated an altercation.  And then there was a trial.  The jury couldn't agree on a verdict for the death of the black man.  He was not convicted of murder.
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But the jury DID convict Mr. Dunn on attempted murder of the three youths he shot at as they were driving away.
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There is only one possible lesson from this verdict, kill all your witnesses.
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Since he (and George Zimmerman before him) had gotten away with killing young black men - but been convicted for only trying to kill three others, the legal precedence is clear - you should kill all the black men you have an altercation with.  Look, he shot at four men and killed one.  He was convicted of trying to kill three, but not of killing the one person that he was successful at.  Had he killed all four men, by the same exact logic, he would have not been convicted of anything.  George Zimmerman left no witnesses and he walked away scott free.
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As a society we are EXPLICITLY saying that lives of black young men are not worth any punishment.   (Okay - not "we" Americans, but definately "we" Floridians.)  These were teenagers, with no previous criminal record, with fine families and doing nothing illegal.  And yet, the state of Florida allows the men who started an attack on them AND THEN killed them, to walk away.  How do you convince young black teenagers to follow the rule of law? What is in the legal system for them but acceptance of murder?
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Both young men (teenagers) were unarmed.  One was killed (note I did not say murdered because Florida says they weren't "murdered" per say), one was killed for walked home from the 7/11 with candy wearing a hoodie.  And one was killed for playing "thug music" in a public service station when an annoyed 47 man drove up and stopped.
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We are telling a generation of young black men that white men and juries in Florida do not believe they have a right to live if they, in any way, cross a white person.  Killing young black men is acceptable if you claim self-defense, even when they are unarmed.
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It is untenable.  It is wrong.  And it is evil.

1 comment:

Joc said...

It's crazy. Florida is scary.