17 Feb Justice????
I will do my best to not go into a full out rant during today’s post but there are so many issues bothering me, that it is hard to not blackout sometimes in the heat of all. Over the weekend Michael Dunn was convicted of counts 2-5 for 2nd degree attempted murder, but there was a mistrial of count 1 which was 1st degree murder. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past year and don’t know who Michael Dunn is, he is the murderer of Jordan Davis, a young man who would have been 19 years old yesterday (February 16th). Davis and Dunn got into an ‘altercation’ in a gas station in Florida after Dunn demanded that Davis turn his music down, at which time they had words and Dunn unloaded his gun into the vehicle.
On the fact that there was absolutely no reason that this had to happen, just like Trayvon didn’t have to be killed, is a discussion that we can have for years! It just didn’t have to happen, Dunn could have drove off and went on with life and so could have Davis but it didn’t happen like that at all.
Through social media there has been a lot of discussion of justice and if justice has been given since Dunn has been served a guilty verdict for the attempted murder although there was a mistrial on the actual murder charge. I have seen the gambit of things mocking our judicial system, the jurors and even things on local events. The first thing we have to do is place the blame in the correct place, if this man would have minded his own damn business there would not be a case to try. The mistrial I blame on the prosecution, leading with 1st degree murder in a case like this is difficult to prove. Remember the law is about proving something beyond a shadow of a doubt and the word that had them stuck was…. premeditated.
Premeditated which means to think out or plan beforehand.
Now as much as I want to see this man in the jail for the rest of his natural born life, I would be lying to you if I said that I can honestly say that I think this was a premeditated murder. It was absolutely murder and we would all probably be in a more settled place with the verdict had the prosecution lead with manslaughter. (It is my opinion, remember that!)
The thing that is so sad and hard for me is that I honestly don’t know if there is anything that can be done to stop these senseless killings. I have seen things about marches, fundraisers for scholarships, meetings, conferences, Florida and so on. The thing with marches is that I do believe they can be effective with the appropriate follow through which we seem to lack in today’s society. Scholarships are GREAT, everyday of the week but let’s be honest with one another no one gave a damn about whether or not these young men were in college with futures or not. That doesn’t solve the problem, that is just setting ourselves up to be even more upset when we find out the next Black Neurologist or future Supreme Court Justice was murdered. Meetings and conferences fall right inline with the marches in terms of follow through and then there is the conversation of Florida. Now, from what makes mainstream media, Florida appears to be the state with the most issues with ‘stand your ground’ laws and innocent children murdered and using this law. Is your state a ‘Stand Your Ground’ state? Below is a list of states that are confirmed to have this law on the books so it can happen damn near anywhere.
States with Stand Your Ground laws:
- New Hampshire
- Ohio (previously a Duty to Retreat State)
The question that I pose is, what is the answer to stopping this nonsense? How do you make people stop thinking that everything that comes out of their mouth is the law? How do you keep people from assuming and calling our youth thugs? How do you stop people from committing crimes against us for not doing what they say? At the end of the day that is the problem all of these people believed that they had the right and the privilege to command something from another person who they did not know. Who are you? If I a random man is following me and tells me to stop, TRUST and BELIEVE that I will not and it will probably be the fastest I have ever moved in my life. If some random person comes up to me in public and ask me to turn down my music, guess what I am going to tell them to politely ‘kiss my ass and beat it’!
While we always need to prepare our youth to be armed with education, what education do you provide for them to combat this level of ignorance? That is what we need to be figuring out!
I read this article earlier this morning and found it to be quite interesting, check it out… http://ezvenia.com/2014/02/17/the-real-reason-michel-dunn-is-going-to-jail/