Here in Charleston a monument to Denmark Vesey on February 15, 2014 and in Florida a jury found Michael Dunn guilty of attempted murder. Tragically, and most telling of the condition white-supremacy/racism in the United States and worldwide, was the jury’s deliverance of a mistrial with regards to the charge of murder of Jordan Davis. This despite the fact that the majority of the 9+ bullets shot into the car were aimed directly at Jordan, who was sitting in the backseat. The jury was not able to conclude if it was murder or self-defense. Jordan was unarmed.
The main defense argued was that Michael Dunn felt threatened after he unilaterally decided to approach a group of men who, previously, had no dealings with him. While everyone agrees that the music was unusually loud, no one has been able to piece together why this would warrant deadly force, especially at one so young. A jury delivered guilty verdicts for the attempted murder of Jordan’s friends, but could not bring themselves to convict Dunn of Jordan’s murder.