Last week, we once again saw that it is apparently okay in white supremacist America to gun down a young, black male if you are white. Apparently playing your music too loud is reason enough to get you killed...if you are African American. A jury couldn't seem to find it in its heart to convict the killer of murder. Some of the jurors wanted to, but some didn't. They did convict him of attempted murder and he should spend a long time in prison (but then who knows). How you shoot and kill someone and get convicted of ATTEMPTED murder baffles me.
Today is the second in a series of articles this week dealing with White Supremacy and white skin privilege. This one is written by Tim Wise. Wise is described at his blog site:
Wise began his career as a Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized in the early ‘90s to defeat the political candidacies of white supremacist, David Duke. From there, he became a community organizer in New Orleans’ public housing, and a policy analyst for a children’s advocacy group focused on combatting poverty and economic inequity. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Smith College School of Social Work, in Northampton, MA., and from 1999-2003 was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute in Nashville, TN. Wise is the author of six books.
Wise's perspective on white skin privilege differs somewhat from that of Noel Ignatiev or Ted Allen (or me). If you are interested in learning more about his perspective, go here.
On November 23, 2012, Michael Dunn pulled into a gas station in Jacksonville Florida. He parked next to a red Dodge Durango with four black teens inside playing loud rap music. One of them was Jordan Davis. Dunn, a white man, didn't think much of the choice of music, so he fired ten bullets into the vehicle. T There was only a basketball, basketball shoes, clothing a camera tripod and cups. The only one who had a gun was Dunn.
Dunn who says he has no racial prejudice wrote his grandmother from jail,
The jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs. This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these (expletive) idiots, when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior.
I’m really not prejudiced against race, but I have no use for certain cultures. This gangster-rap, ghetto talking thug ‘culture’ that certain segments of society flock to is intolerable. They espouse violence and disrespect towards women. The black community here in Jacksonville is in an uproar against me — the three other thugs that were in the car are telling stories to cover up their true “colors.”
There was indeed one thug involved in this shooting and that thug's name is Michael Dunn.
The following is from Tim Wise.org