You know, Michael Dunn may spend the rest of his life in prison, but Jordan Davis still has not received justice. And as Southern Dad pointed out to me this weekend after the jury came back with a verdict on 4 of the 5 counts Dunn was charged with, Dunn’s punishment for his misdeed may not come on this Earth, but it will come from the Lord. While I know he is right, I find it completely unfathomable that he (Dunn) could not be found guilty of murdering an unarmed CHILD but found guilty of attempted second degree murder. As I mentioned in my personal Facebook page, I think the prosecution overcharged Dunn; I think he should have been charged with second degree murder. And Angela Corey, the state attorney, mentioned that the state intends to re-try Dunn for the murder of Davis, but they (the prosecution) will speak with Jordan’s family before moving forward.
Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, has the right idea; she has said that she will pray for Dunn and his family. Would it not be amazing if we ALL thought as she? Without having hate or malice in our hearts. Although the state of Florida plans to re-try Dunn, is it worth it? As long as he does not become free after any appeals, which he plans on doing, he is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison. Should the state use time and resources to do this all over again? I honestly don’t know. Hopefully, if Dunn does appeal his convictions, they will not be overturned, and he will have to spend the rest of his days in jail.
Lastly, I’m going to share some names with you, and I hope you all do a Google search – Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, and Hadiya Pendleton. And let’s not forget Jonathan Ferrell and Renisha McBride. Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.
I understand your point. The life of our Black youth will continued to be undervalued by other races if we do not value our own youth. We need to call for the heads of those who engage in Black-on-Black crime just as furiously as we do for Zimmerman and Dunn (To name only a couple, sadly enough). In terms of retrying Dunn, I get everyone’s point in that he was not found guilty of murder. I honestly don’t care as long as he spends the rest of his natural life in prison. I would rather not risk the possibility of his going free at all because some new, less enlightening jury, has a chance to stand in judgment of him. And as a mother of two sons, I understand my responsibility is teaching them that the world (that goes for every race, not just White) will not love them as their father and I love them. They are going to have to be more diligent about their choices to ensure their survival (And I am not blaming the victims). The rest, I leave up to God, because He is the only one that can truly protect them.
I am not sure how I missed this post. You and Southern Dad basically have the same viewpoint. I understand that parents must teach their children that the world is a great place to thrive, but it can also be cruel and cold and essentially doesn’t care about any of us individually.
I agree. And that’s the scary part. You try to do everything you can. I know that countless parents did everything they could. Unfortunately, our youth still suffer because of the few who don’t do their jobs.