Originally Posted by JN
Melissa Harris-Perry Mourns Death Of Jordan Davis (VIDEO)
By Katherine Fung | Posted: 12/02/2012 11:43 am EST
Melissa Harris-Perry mourned the death of Jordan Davis, an unarmed black teenager shot and killed in Florida, on Saturday.
Davis, a 17-year old boy, was shot
by Michael David Dunn last week during an exchange about loud music at a gas station. Dunn fired shots into the SUV where Davis was in the backseat, claiming that he saw a shotgun in the car. No shotgun has been found and Dunn has been charged with second degree murder.
On Saturday, Harris-Perry drew parallels between Davis' death and the killing of Trayvon Martin
, a black teenager who was also unarmed when he was shot and killed by George Zimmermann earlier this year. One similarity, she said, was "that sense for those of us who know them and love them that this country is no place for young black men."
Citing the gruesome murder of Emmett Till in the 1950s, she said that one thing has remained the same over generations of American history: "No presumption of innocence for young black men, no benefit of the doubt. Guilt not determined by what they did or said but presumed to be inherent in their very being. They need not wield a weapon to pose a threat because if you are a young black man, you are threat enough."
I will never understand the inherent fear that people experience with young Black youths, who are not harassing anyone,
to the point of lethality.
It's as if these offenders need
to feel superior and see a right to let off steam in killing someone.
These were kids out enjoying one another's company.
Not threatening anyone
And then to outright lie about these kids carrying a shotgun to feign justification?!
There are modified high-rise trucks with White teens in them blasting Rock-n-Roll music and no one bats an eye. So why the extreme hatred and fear of Black youths playing loud music? It's crazy!!
A family just lost a son, brother, loved one, over music?!
Such a sad culture we have here in the US.