TNC’s anger is understandable, human and justified


On The Killing Of Jordan Davis By Michael Dunn
[Via Ta-Nehisi Coates : The Atlantic]

I wish I had something more to say about the fact that Michael Dunn was not convicted for killing a black boy. Except I said it after George Zimmerman was not convicted of killing a black boy. Except the parents of black boys already know this. Except the parents of black boys have long said this, and they have been answered with mockery.

Jordan Davis had a mother and a father. It did not save him. Trayvon Martin had a mother and a father. They could not save him. My son has a father and mother. We cannot protect him from our country, which is our aegis and our assailant. We cannot protect our children because racism in America is not merely a belief system but a heritage, and the inability of black parents to protect their children is an ancient tradition. 


I am angry and afraid.

There is the fear of any parent, no matter their race. That we cannot protect our children. Now think how horrible it must be for many black parents, especially those living in Florida.

Because injustice based on skin color has been institutionalize in their justice system. And it permits the slaughter of their children.

What these trials have shown is that if a white man in Florida wants to murder black children, he simply needs to make sure he kills them all, leaving no witnesses alive. 

This man is going to prison, not for the murder of a black child whose entire ‘criminality’ is based only on what his murderer said, but because the murderer tried and failed to kill 3 other black children.

You can bet other white racists have learned that lesson.

This is now what passes for justice in parts of America. It needs to change.

I can never fully conceive of the anger borne by TNC because I have had the privilege  of being a white male. My disgust and anger with the  people of Florida, who have been happy to support this travesty, may only be slight in comparison. 

But, for the moment, I hate Florida and the people living there who support ‘stand your ground’.