I posted this 5 years ago. I am posting it again because of the similarities with ALL murder cases that get to trial--not that many--when the Murderer is White and the Victim is Black. Michael Dunn Killed Jordan Davis. He received “ Life Without Parole.” Amber Guyger murdering Botham Jean is similar. Just change the names. The commentary is the same. These cases speak to the White Criminal Injustice System. And as obvious as both cases are, you never know what a predominantly White Jury...Aren’t they all?...will do.
5 years ago I wrote..."I am loathe to consider the guilty verdict in the Jordan Davis case a victory. Victory implies someone won something, and no one won a thing. The guilty verdict today is justice served although it is also justice delayed since it took a do-over to get the verdict right. I understand we have a need to celebrate what we might consider a victory because, whether we want to admit it or not, the Racist Justice system is stacked against Blacks. Always has been and always will be. Yet we should not have to celebrate the justice system finally recognizing a Racist murder whether they call it Racist or not, and delivering the appropriate comeuppance. The Appropriate First Degree Murder verdict only gives some closure...not much... to Jordan Davis' Parents.
The verdict today for all intents and purposes is a political verdict. Political verdict because 1) the community et al demanded the second trial after the White Jury in the First Trial would not get the First Degree Murder verdict right; 2) It gave the State Attorney's office "a second bite of the apple" after "blowing it the first time"; 3) Racist Murderer Michael Dunn was already looking at 60 years and more years on his sentence did not make a difference in his ever getting out of jail; 4) It was another instance of a White adult killing an unarmed Black child; 5) it was a social media identified and recognized obvious racist murder.
This was a senseless murder but not because of loud music. This was a senseless murder because of Core Racist Attitudes of White America. A murder which allowed a Racist with malice aforethought to simply get his gun and kill a Black unarmed youngster. A murder which cost us a doctor or lawyer or a college president. A murder which cost us a future good father and a future good husband and a good son. Unfortunately there are other Trayvon Martin/Jordan Davis/Michael Brown Racist murders in the future, as there were Emmett Till/Johnnie Mae Chappell/Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Addie Mae Collins ---the list is endless---Racist murders in the past, all who lost their lives simply because they were Black. Justice served for a racist murder is not a victory."
BTW...even with an exposure of 99 years...Guyger was sentenced to 10 years for murder.
The Struggle Continues!
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.