By all means, let's bring race into it
Juror 8, who is African American, stated that she “never thought once, ’This is a black kid. This is a white guy.’” She said that the case “was about justice,” not race. When asked if race was a factor in the case, juror 4 said, “Sitting in that room, it was never presented that way.” To a certain extent, she is correct. The prosecution and the parents never discussed the huge elephant in the room, race. (Source)Suppose a man kills his wife. During the investigation, the prosecution uncovers a laundry list of dropped domestic violence complaints filed by the deceased against the husband. The autopsy revealed fractures and a history of other "unexplained" injuries going back years.
Yet during the trial, neither the prosecution nor the jury bring up the couple's marital history. In fact, not one but two jurors say something to the effect of, "Not once did I think of the defendant of having abused his wife. All I could wonder was if he had just cause for killing her."
Although I commend jurors 4 and 8 for their commitment and fairness, I strongly reject the notion that this case was not about race. This case was about race on at least two levels. The first level is the actual crime. This case is about a racist white man who wanted to teach some young black “thugs” a lesson for not obeying his orders to turn their “thug music”. Such racial animus is further expressed in his jail letters complaining about thugs. The word “thug” is simply a more palatable word for nigger.Not only that, but if Davis and his friends had been a bunch of a white kids blasting their music - any music - Dunn would've never approached them to begin with.
The second level is the verdict. Like the Trayvon Martin case, the Amadou Diallo case, the Sean Bell case, the Emmett Till case and countless other cases, the Michael Dunn case is yet another example of black man being murdered and denied justice, at least for now. If no one else was in that vehicle, Michael Dunn would be free today.
...Nonetheless, none of that matters. For some, including the three holdout jurors in this case, one white man’s testimony carries more weight than three young black men’s testimony. Unfortunately, when some white people are presented with narratives that conform to their racist stereotypes about young black men, logic is negated and discarded. If Jordan Davis was a white boy or white girl, no juror would believe Dunn’s lie about seeing a gun. Again, this case was all about race.
Growing in up West Virginia, I remember white kids blasting their music all day, every day from Korn to Slipknot to Eminem. In fact, I vividly recall shopping with the Red Headed Sis's mom one afternoon. Three white teenagers were actually standing outside their vehicle in the shopping plaza parking lot with their music on a sky-high, straight-up ungodly volume. They (ironically) were blasting "White America" by Eminem. And everyone was rolling their eyes and wincing, but not a single person approached the trio. In fact, in all the time white kids blasted their music while I was growing up, not once do I recall any of them being approached.
And certainly, not of them were shot.
So I'mma say this one time: Michael Dunn is child-murdering racist. Race factored into his actions the day he murdered Jordan Davis, so now that there are consequences for his actions, race should not be left off the table. Race was factored into the crime; race needs to be factored into the time.
Some folks will recall the story of Doris Tate, mother of actress Sharon Tate who was murdered by the Manson Family. When a member of the Manson Family try to weasel her way out of prison, Tate began campaigning for victims' rights, and her efforts aided the passage of the Victims' Rights Bill in California. She was also known as the first person to give a victim impact statement under the new law.
Tate's logic was quite simple: "To all these killers who take a life/lives and then cry for mercy and leniency and try to run from responsibility, where was your mercy? Where was your leniency? What consideration did you give your victim when you ended their life?"
Dunn couldn't look past Davis's skin color; why should the court look past Dunn's? By his owning writing, race wasn't off limits to Dunn when he decided to start spraying bullets. Race wasn't the "the huge elephant in the room" then. Race was very much on the table at that point, rocking feathers and fishnets, and can-canning for all of Jacksonville to see.
So if Angela Corey truly intends to redeem herself when going after Dunn again for Davis's murder, she better put race back up on the table. She needs to bring up his letters. She needs to drag his skeletons from the closet and hang them out for all the world to see. She better subpoena friends and relatives and grill their asses on the witness stand. If we are to truly have justice for Jordan Davis, not only does Dunn need to be convicted of the murder, but his racism needs to go on record to set an example for all who would follow in his footsteps.
By the way, quick shout-out to Wisconsin for letting John H. Spooner rot in prison for life after he shot 13-year-old Darius Simmons. Spooner thought he was all big and bad, shooting a child in the back, gunning him down in front of his mother. When the police arrived, Spooner was waiting on the curb. He was upfront about what he'd done and went into police custody willingly. But after spending a few nights in a jail cell, when reality started to set in, Spooner tried to pull a Dunn and worm his way out. Of course, he couldn't use the self-defense argument, and the unproven theft of his guns meant nothing where a dead, unarmed child shot in the back was concerned. So that trifling fool tried to play the insanity defense on account of his age (no doubt setting senior citizens back a decade or two in the process, by the way). A Wisconsin jury told him, "Uh-huh...not today."