Mothers Of The Movement Endorse Hillary Clinton In Emotional Address

Nine mothers who lost Black children to gun-related incidents and police violence addressed a somber arena Tuesday night during the Democratic National Convention to endorse Hillary Clinton as a candidate who “isn’t afraid to say Black Lives Matter.”

Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland; Lezley MsSpadden, mother of Michael Brown; Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant; Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton; Annette NanceHolt, mother of Blair Holt; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin and, Cleopatra Pendlton-Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton were greeted by a standing ovation, representing a powerful symbol of the tragedy racial injustice brings to Black communities.

“I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names. She knows that when a young black life is cut short, its not just a loss—its a personal loss, its a national loss, its a loss that diminishes all of us,” Reed-Veal said at the start of the address.

“What a blessing tonight to be standing here so that Sandy can still speak through her momma.” 

In a moment that spoke to the true heartbreak of losing a child and being thrust into the public spotlight as a point of reference in conversations about race and police-community relations, Fulton said that the burden is not something she wants to carry.

“I am an unwilling participant in this movement. I would not have signed up for this,” she said. “I did not want this spotlight. But I will do everything I can to focus some of this light on the pain of a path out of the darkness.”

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As the women left the stage, the arena erupted in a “Black Lives Matter!” chant.

The moment was important for Clinton as she looks to solidify her place among the black women voting bloc — African-American women were largely responsible for the voter turnout rate exceeding the rate of Whites for the first time in 2012. Tuesday’s appearance from the Mothers of the Movement also serves as a line to skeptical voters who are critical of Clinton’s history with criminal justice and tone-deaf remarks about Black and Brown communities.

But at least one news network didn’t think the moment important — instead of airing the short segment like its competitors, Fox News instead aired a portion of the speech’s audio.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

CNN, MSNBC and PBS all aired the presentation (it was before the broadcast networks came on the air), but Fox News Channel didn’t. Instead, Fox showed an interview with Karl Rove about demonstrations outside the convention, and a Bill O’Reilly-moderated segment about immigration.

A Fox News spokesperson says that instead of airing the full video of the Mothers of the Movement speech, an audio segment was aired during The Kelly File on Tuesday night.

Similarly, Fox did not air the convention speech by Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay about how it’s possible to simultaneously address the needs of police and concerns by minority communities.

For more from the DNC, check back to PolitickerOne for live updates.

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She Understood Where We Were Coming From: Hillary Clinton Meets With Mothers Of Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, & More

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‘It Hurt To Be There’: Mother Of Jordan Davis Speaks On Private BLM Meeting With Hillary Clinton

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Lucia McBath, the mother of slain teen Jordan Davis, is speaking out on her sentiments of being a #BlackLivesMatter mom after having met with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, McBath detailed the private sit down at a Chicago restaurant including other BLM moms: Cleo Pendleton, mother of Hadiya Pendelton, Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown and Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin.

MUST READ: Samaria Rice & Lesley McSpadden Talk Being #BlackLivesMatter Moms With Hillary Clinton

McBath points out that Clinton largely listened to the experiences and perspectives of mothers in the room and racial inequality, criminal justice reform and gun control. McBath’s son Davis was fatally shot by 45-year-old Michael Dun for playing loud music with his friends in a car at a Florida gas station.

Unlike many of the other mothers seated at the table, McBath was served justice in her son’s death. Dunn was sentenced life without parole for first degree murder.

Even after having gone through the criminal justice system to avenge for her son, McBath is remorseful that Davis’ death (and the deaths of countless other Black men, women and children) is almost inevitable given the rampant racial hatred in our country. In the interview, she said:

MUST READ: Michael Dunn Sentenced To Life For Killing Jordan Davis

“No matter how I protected him, in the end it didn’t matter because of the nature of the way he was gunned down — the reasons why he was gunned down, those reasons still remain in this country. This just fueled me because I feel like if we say nothing, if we do nothing, we’re participating in our own form of racial genocide. National genocide, people dying, there are no safe spaces in this country any more… it doesn’t matter what community you live in, it doesn’t matter what church you go to, it doesn’t matter how highly educated you are, gun violence in this country knows no bounds.”

McBath spoke of her disappointment that she and so many other black women had found themselves in the “club” of mothers sitting with Clinton who had been victimized by police brutality and racial violence against children of color.

“I can’t continue to keep looking in the eyes of all the mothers that I meet day after day after day after day and seven years, eight years, no answers on the murders of their children…Our justice system is fractured and we can see it’s not serving the needs of every community.”

MUST READ: Jordan Davis’ Parents Speak Out: ‘God Is The Ultimate Justice’

It is McBath’s frustration with watching other women grieve their children’s deaths that seems to have fueled her growth into becoming the highly sought after activist she is today in the fight against gun violence. McBath has traveled the nation to meet with other politicians and give speeches against the National Rifle Association as well as Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

McBath has also been one of the leading figures in two documentaries, The Armor of Light, following the subject of gun control in conservative Christian communities and 3 1/2, 10 Bullets, an HBO film reenacting the night Davis was murdered while examining the racial hatred that instigated his killing.

“For far too long these issues were seen as urban problems…this is a national crisis,” McBath said.

“People across the country keep dying so we shall not be silenced…From the moment that we leave this room, this conversation, what happens beyond this conversation, that’s what’s important to us.”

[SOURCE: The Huffington Post]

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Samaria Rice & Lesley McSpadden Talk Being #BlackLivesMatter Moms With Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Meets With DeRay McKesson and #BlackLivesMatter Activists

Hillary Clinton Says What Black People Have Been Saying Since Forever: Too Many Black Men Are In Jail

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Opinion: Was Mo’Ne Davis Too Quick To Forgive? Are We?

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Mo’ne Davis Signs Copies Of ‘Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Story From First Pitch To Game Changer’ at Barnes & Noble on March 21, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo) / Getty


Last weekend, a college baseball player called Little League star Mo’ne Davis out of her name (a “slut”) on Twitter.

And it was via Twitter that Joey Casselberry was summarily dismissed from his Bloomsburg University baseball team. And days later, in what is being hailed as a mature and “classy” move, Davis said in a televised interview that she forgives Casselberry and even asked the school reinstate him on the team (which they declined to do—the college said they were standing by their decision).

Yet there are some out there that say not so fast Mo’ne—did this guy really need your public forgiveness? Writer Denene Millner in a blog post entitled, “Mo’ne Davis Forgives Her Twitter Troll. Sweet, But That Wouldn’t Be My Daughter,” the writer says she would have told daughter to cease and desist on that forgiveness bit. Milner writes:

I mean, maybe Mo’Ne and the people surrounding her are just bigger than me, but, um, ain’t no way my girlpies would be on national TV pressing holy water on the forehead of a devil who thought nothing of ripping [the offensive tweet] off on Twitter…

RELATED: College Athlete Booted From Team After Foul Mo’ne Davis Tweet

Millner says that maybe the focus should have been on the perpetrator instead of the teenager:

Social media has made it quite easy for the most disgusting amongst us to easily and loudly proclaim they absolutely abhor human life if it comes wrapped in skin that isn’t white like theirs or it has a vagina attached to it. And media jabberjaws make matters worse by focusing on calling Mo’Ne “classy” and “grown up” for forgiving her attacker, instead of training commentary on the ass who called a little girl a slut.

Yeah, yeah, I was sitting in the front row during the Sunday School lessons about forgiveness and “He who is without sin cast the first stone,” and my father was—and still is—very big on giving people second chances and not holding grudges and blah, blah, blah. We’re programmed to forgive and turn the other cheek. But I’ve never been one for steadying my face for a second slap. Truly, I checked all up and through my brain and my heart and deep down in my insides and I couldn’t find not even a morsel of damns I could give for a man who would dare fix his mouth to call my daughters sluts. Not in this day and age, when girls are being raped on college campuses with no recourse, and little girls are being drugged and raped at parties and having their attacks posted on social media for kicks. Not when reproductive rights are under assault. Not when 12-year-old Black boys likeTamir Rice are being bucked down in the street by cops for playing with toy guns, or teens like Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin are killed for playing their music loud or walking down the street in a hoodie. Not when young Black women like Renisha McBride are being murdered on front stoops, simply for asking for help and babies like Aiyana Jones are being bucked down while sleeping under Disney blankets on their grandmama’s couch.

Sound off – in this day where it seems like it’s open season on black children, are we too easy to forgive those who verbally assault our children or should we always employ the mandate to forgive?

Read more of Denene Millner’s piece here.

SEE ALSO: Mo’Ne Davis Releases Line Of Custom Designed Kicks To Benefit Impoverished Girls

Michael Dunn Guilty Of First-Degree Murder Of Jordan Davis

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UPDATED 10/1/14, 5:16 P.M.: The Rev. Al Sharpton has released the following statement on Michael Dunn’s guilty verdict:

“The conviction of Michael Dunn of first degree murder vindicates the committed work of the parents of Jordan Davis and all of us, who despite setbacks still tried to get the courts to deal with issues like this. Many say we cannot win cases in the courts and must resort to taking things in our own hands. Verdicts like this tell us even though the road is long and rough we cannot be deterred. It also says that loud music and wild claims cannot justify the taking of innocent unarmed lives.”

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As the nation patiently awaited the verdict in the trial of Michael Dunn (pictured above) over the killing of Florida teen Jordan Davis (pictured), the verdict was handed down Wednesday after hours of deliberation. Dunn was found guilty of first-degree murder, bringing a measure of closure to the case that still has many unanswered questions.

RELATED: Michael Dunn: Retrial Underway For Jordan Davis’ Killer

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Dunn, 47, shot and killed the 17-year-old Davis, claiming he feared for his life after an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Back in February, the jury found Dunn guilty of three counts of attempted murder and firing his weapon in to an occupied vehicle.

However, the jury deadlocked on finding Dunn guilty of first-degree murder after 30 hours of deliberation.

The jury took around five and a half hours to come to its decision. Prosecutors went after Dunn’s self-defense plea, saying that he acted on impulse and not facts that Davis and the three other teenagers in the vehicle listening to music were armed. Despite Dunn’s attorneys claiming their client saw evidence of a weapon in Davis’ hands, the jury saw it the prosecution’s way.

As News4Jax reports:

“Let me be very clear: There was no shotgun in that red Durango that night,” [state prosecutor Erin] Wolfson said. “There was no stick, there was no branch, there was no hollow pipe. There was no weapon. Inside that Dodge Durango were four teenagers … four kids who had just left their moms, four kids who were spending their Black Friday doing what lots of people do — out at the mall, they were just hanging out, being kids, listening to music that they liked.”

Wolfson said the shooting was premeditated, even though what happened lasted less than two minutes. Wolfson said Dunn had plenty of time to think about what he was going to do when he reached over, grabbed his gun, cocked it, aimed it, and fired it.

“Taking aim at Jordan Davis, 10 shots — that’s what he fired that Friday night, nine of them hitting his intended target, each time intending to kill, and kill he did,” Wolfson said.

Defense attorney Waffa Hanania argued on behalf of his client stating that Dunn acted out of fear for his life. Hanania offered to the jury that Davis threatened Dunn and charged his vehicle, adding that’s when his client saw the supposed weapon.

No weapon, nor anything resembling one, was found at the scene by investigators.

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Lucy McBath, left, and her husband Ron Davis participate in a gun control rally as part of the “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence,” a 25-state national bus tour, at the Georgia Capitol, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Atlanta. The family lost their 17-year-old son Jordan Davis to gun violence in 2012. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)


Davis’ parents, Ron Davis and Lucy McBath, have been contending with this case for nearly two years and were hopeful that the next stop in the murder case was Dunn’s conviction. For both, anything short of a full conviction would have been a failure of justice.

“We know they’ve worked very, very hard on behalf of our son,” McBath said. “We’re very grateful. We’re grateful to the citizens of Jacksonville and all the people who’ve stood firmly beside us, praying for us.”

The parents of Davis hold no ill will of Dunn, saying that they even felt some measure of pity for him. However, they both believe the trial went exactly as it should.

Watch Dunn Trial Verdict: Guilty of First-Degree Murder [VIDEO]

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UPDATED October 1, 2014 at 4:50 p.m. ET:

CNN is reporting a first-degree murder guilty verdict in the so-called “loud music” trial of Michael Dunn, who was charged with killing Florida teen Jordan Davis in 2012. The jury took less that 6 hours to come back with a decision. Watch the moment of truth in the video below.

This was the second trial in the case; back in February of this year a mistrial was declared on charge of murdering Jordan Davis. Dunn had been found guilty in that trial of 3 counts of attempted second degree murder and one count of hurling a deadly missile.

We will bring you updates on this story is it develops.

RELATED STORY: Michael Dunn: Retrial Underway For Jordan Davis’ Killer

Black Juror In Dunn Trial Claims Race Was Never A Factor In Verdict [VIDEO]

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The second juror from the Michael Dunn murder trial has broken her silence, saying that the shocking verdict had nothing to do with race, reports CNN.

RELATED: Dunn Trial Juror #4: We Voted 9-3 To Convict Him Of 1st-Degree Murder

Juror No. 8, Creshuna Miles, 21, was one of two Black women on a jury which voted 9-3 to convict Dunn, 47, of 3 counts of attempted second degree murder and one count of hurling a deadly missile.  A mistrial was declared on the first-degree murder charge in 17-year-old Jordan Davis’ shooting death.

As previously reported by NewsOneDunn gunned down Davis at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23rd, 2012. The software programmer claims that he felt threatened by the teen — who was sitting inside of an SUV with friends — and loud music coming from the vehicle, so he sprayed it with nine bullets before driving away, leaving Davis to die in a friend’s arms.

None of the teens had weapons.

The jury, which was composed of four White women, two Black women, four White men, one Asian woman and one Hispanic man, deliberated for four days and remained deadlocked on the 1st-degree murder charge and lesser charges, including second degree murder, manslaughter, justifiable homicide, or excusable homicide.

“I never once thought about, ‘Oh, this was a black kid, this was a white guy.’ Because … that wasn’t the case,” Miles said to CNN’s Alicia Machado.

“So, for people who say, you know, here’s another white guy who got away with shooting and killing a black kid, what would you tell them?” Machado asked.

“I would tell them that they really should knowledge themselves on the law,” Miles responded.

“If this case wasn’t about race for you, what was it about?” Machado asked.

“It was about justice,” Miles responded

See a clip from the CNN interview below:


As previously reported by NewsOne, Valerie, a homecare nurse administrator known as Juror #4 in the Dunn murder trial, came forward to say that she believes he got away with Davis’ murder.

In an exclusive ABC Nightline interview Tuesday night, the juror said that they initially deadlocked at 10-2 in favor of convicting Dunn on 1st-degree murder. After Judge Healey read the “Allen Charge,” which encouraged the jury to deliberate further to avoid a mistrial, their contentious deliberations ended with 9-3 vote to convict, with the holdouts believing that Dunn had “reasonable belief” to fear for his life.

Valerie said that the jurors in favor of convicting Dunn believed that he used unnecessary force when he shot Davis.

“We all believed there was another way out, another option,” she said in the Nightline interview.

During a post-trial press conference, Florida state special prosecutor Angela Corey said that Dunn will be retried on the 1st-degree murder charge.

“We intend to fully push for a new trial….Justice for Jordan Davis is as important as it is for any victim,” Corey said.

#YourLifeMatters Hosts First Google Hangout, Watch LIVE!

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#YourLifeMatters is hosting the first ever Google Hangout on February 25 for young people on confronting stereotypes in the age of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. #YourLifeMatters was founded after the the verdict from the George Zimmerman case because many were left feeling like they truly did not matter in America. The goal is to provide young people with tools they can take from the moderator and guest speakers of the discussion so it can be applied every day.

The first hangout will be moderated by journalist Ray Baker on February 25 at 7 p.m. EST.

Make sure to tune in and share the Google Hangout in all of your circles — Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Jordan Davis’ Parents Speak: Dunn Threw Our Son’s Life Away As If It Were Nothing [VIDEO]

Jordan Davis Parents, Lucia McBath, Ron DavisDuring an emotional Good Morning America interview, Jordan Davis‘ parents, Lucia McBath and Ron Davis, spoke about their son’s character and insisted that God has “the ultimate justice,” reports ABC.

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Dunn Trial Juror #4: We Voted 9-3 To Convict Him Of 1st-Degree Murder

Angela Corey: We Are Retrying Michael Dunn For 1st-Degree Murder

As previously reported by NewsOne, Michael Dunn, 47, gunned down Davis at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23rd, 2012. The software programmer claims that he felt threatened by the teen — who was sitting inside of an SUV with friends — and loud music coming from the vehicle, so he sprayed it with nine bullets before driving away, leaving Davis to die in a friend’s arms.

None of the teens had weapons.

Dunn was found guilty of 3 counts of attempted second degree murder and one count of hurling a deadly missile.  A mistrial was declared on the first-degree murder charge in Davis’ shooting death.

McBath told host GMA host Robin Roberts that Jordan was “intuitive, compassionate and the life of the party,” a young man who was always inclusive of those around him.” The clearly distraught mother also said that she believes the jury did the best they could within the construct of the law:

“We know that the jurors were posed with a very delicate and a very profound decision that they had to make, and we believe absolutely with all of our hearts that they did everything they could to come to what they believe was the most just decision,” McBath told Roberts. “We do now know that they were torn. But they’ve done the best that they can with the tools that they had at that time, and of course each one of them believes what they believe and so that’s what we have to stand on.”

Davis’ father, who has become an outspoken critic of “Stand Your Ground” laws says that even though “God has the ultimate justice,” he will continue to fight against a racist system that does not recognize the humanity of a young Black boy.

“I do think those laws have to be rewritten, and I’m going to be one who continues to fight to have Stand Your Ground laws rewritten… just think about how a person like Michael Dunn would be so callous as to just disregard the life of Jordan Davis, you know, just throw it away like it was nothing.

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“I’m in constant contact with Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, and I text Sybrina all the time and I just want to let them know, every time I get justice for Jordan, it’s going to be justice for Trayvon, for us,” Ron Davis said.

“The ultimate justice for me, I want Michael Dunn to be tried and found guilty of killing my son, of letting him know it was wrong to kill my unarmed, 17-year-old son,” Davis said. “And all the other 17-year-olds out there, they shouldn’t have to fear the adults with the guns that are running around here shooting them at will.”

In an exclusive ABC Nightline interview Tuesday night, Dunn juror #4, a homecare nurse known simply as Valerie, said that they initially deadlocked at 10-2 in favor of convicting Dunn on 1st-degree murder. After Judge Healey read the “Allen Charge,” which encouraged the jury to deliberate further to avoid a mistrial, their contentious deliberations ended with 9-3 vote to convict, with the holdouts believing that Dunn had “reasonable belief” to fear for his life.

Valerie said that the jurors in favor of convicting Dunn believed that he used unnecessary force when he shot Davis.

“We all believed there was another way out, another option,” she said in the Nightline interview.

The jury, which was composed of four White women, two Black women, four White men, one Asian woman and one Hispanic man, deliberated for four days and remained deadlocked on the 1st-degree murder charge and lesser charges, including second degree murder, manslaughter, justifiable homicide, or excusable homicide.

During a post-trial press conference, Florida state special prosecutor Angela Corey said that Dunn will be retried on the 1st-degree murder charge.

“We intend to fully push for a new trial….Justice for Jordan Davis is as important as it is for any victim,” Corey said.

See Jordan Davis’ parents speak below:

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Dunn Trial Juror #4: We Voted 9-3 To Convict Him Of 1st-Degree Murder

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Valerie, a homecare nurse administrator known as Juror #4 in the Michael Dunn murder trial, has come forward to say that she believes he got away with the murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, reports Mediaite.com.

RELATED: VERDICT IN: Michael Dunn Found Guilty Of 3 Counts Of Attempted 2nd-Degree Murder, Mistrial Declared On 1st-Degree Murder Charge

In an exclusive ABC Nightline interview Tuesday night, the juror said that they initially deadlocked at 10-2 in favor of convicting Dunn on 1st-degree murder. After Judge Healey read the “Allen Charge,” which encouraged the jury to deliberate further to avoid a mistrial, their contentious deliberations ended with 9-3 vote to convict, with the holdouts believing that Dunn had “reasonable belief” to fear for his life.

Valerie said that the jurors in favor of convicting Dunn believed that he used unnecessary force when he shot Davis.

“We all believed there was another way out, another option,” she said in the Nightline interview.

As previously reported by NewsOne, Dunn, 47, has been found guilty of 3 counts of attempted second degree murder and one count of hurling a deadly missile.  A mistrial was declared on the first-degree murder charge in Davis’ shooting death.

Dunn was found guilty of everything but murdering Jordan Davis.

As previously reported by NewsOneDunn gunned down Davis at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23rd, 2012. The software programmer claims that he felt threatened by the teen — who was sitting inside of an SUV with friends — and loud music coming from the vehicle, so he sprayed it with nine bullets before driving away, leaving Davis to die in a friend’s arms.

None of the teens had weapons.

The jury, which was composed of four White women, two Black women, four White men, one Asian woman and one Hispanic man, deliberated for four days and remained deadlocked on the 1st-degree murder charge and lesser charges, including second degree murder, manslaughter, justifiable homicide, or excusable homicide.

During a post-trial press conference, Florida state special prosecutor Angela Corey said that Dunn will be retried on the 1st-degree murder charge.

“We intend to fully push for a new trial….Justice for Jordan Davis is as important as it is for any victim,” Corey said.

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Michael Dunn: I Had ‘No Choice’ But To Shoot Jordan Davis Over Loud Music [VIDEO]

Hey America, Why Does The Value Of My Life Mean So Little To You? [Opinion]

(The photos in this article are of a few young black men that are associated with my life through friends and family. Do you value their lives as much as you do the children in your life?)

black-man-in-america(Meet Naseer. Do you value this young man’s life? – pictured above)

In August of 1955 a 14-year-old Chicago boy named Emmett Till went to visit his relatives in Money, Mississippi. While on his visit, he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the white married proprietor of a small grocery store in Mississippi. A few nights later Emmett Till was kidnapped and transported to a barn, where he was beat unconsciously and had his eyes gouged out of their sockets, all before shooting him through the head. His body then disposed of in the Tallahatchie River with a 70-pound cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. The two white men charged in Till’s death were acquitted of his kidnapping and murder, but later confessed in a magazine interview, protected by the law double jeopardy.

Emmett Till was a boy, a baby with hope that this world wasn’t as cruel as it seemed to be for African American boys in the 50’s and 60’s. Reality took it’s toll on Emmett and his family, but reality seems to take it’s toll on American black men and their families on a daily basis. What is that reality you ask?

“A black man is eighteen times more likely to be murdered than a white woman. The murder rate for black men is double that of American soldiers in World War I, and for black men between the ages of fifteen and thirty, violence is the single leading cause of death.” – “The Culture Of Fear” by: Barry Glassner

So how come you don’t care when we are killed? How come the deaths in our communities don’t touch your soul like the kidnapping and murder of Natalee Holloway, or Jon Benét Ramsey? How come when children in our communities are shot and killed they have no face, they are just another statistic to you? How come the laws become so technical when a young black boy gets shot and murdered? Court rooms get flooded with law definitions and reasonable doubt arguments, turning open and shut cases into acquittals and mistrials. Young black men still have little value in American culture and society. Even though the landscape of our culture is changing and becoming more acceptable to minorities and certain social groups, the idea of a black boy being equal to everyone else just isn’t there.

black-man-in-america(Meet Teagan Shell and his father. Do you value this young man’s life? – pictured above)

In the novel “The Culture Of Fear,” author Barry Glassner attributes fear as one of the main causes to the devaluing of black life.

“Consider Americans’ fear of black men. These are perpetuated by the excessive attention paid to the dangers that a small relative percentage of African-American men create for other people, and by a relative lack of attention to dangers that a majority of black men face themselves.” “The Culture Of Fear” by: Barry Glassner

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Twitter Reacts To Verdict In Michael Dunn Trial

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As reported by NewsOne, Michael Dunn, 47, has been found guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of hurling a deadly missile.  A mistrial was declared on the first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of 17-year old Jordan Davis (pictured above).

Dunn was initially charged with 2nd-degree murder but his charges were upgraded to first-degree murder, in addition to three counts of attempted murder for each of Davis’ friends who were inside of the SUV. He claimed that he was “standing his ground” because he was in fear for his life.

The jury deliberated for four days and remained deadlocked on the 1st-degree murder charge and lesser charges, including second-degree murder, manslaughter, justifiable homicide or excusable homicide.

In essence, Dunn was found guilty of everything but murdering Jordan Davis.

During a press conference following the trial, Florida state special prosecutor Angela Corey said he will be retried for the murder of Davis.

“We intend to fully push for a new trial….Justice for Jordan Davis is as important as it is for any victim,” said Corey.

Some of Twitter’s most prominent users reacted with a mix of shock, grief and disbelief. Here’s what they had to say:

Jordan Davis’ Father: My Son Will Never Be Just Another Day At The Office [VIDEO]

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Leaving the courtroom in tears after a jury could not decide whether or not to charge Michael Dunn, 47, with first-degree murder in the shooting death of their 17 year old son Jordan Davis, Lucia McBath and Ron Davis told reporters that they will never stop fighting for justice for their son.

RELATED: 

Michael Dunn Found Guilty Of 3 Counts Of Attempted 2nd-Degree Murder, Mistrial Declared On 1st-Degree Murder Charge

Angela Corey: We Are Retrying Michael Dunn For 1st-Degree Murder

While McBath was visibly emotionally drained, saying that she would pray for Dunn and continue to wait for justice, the elder Davis reminded reporters that their son was a good kid who deserved the law to protect him.

Saying that it wasn’t in his nature to be stoic but that he was trying to remain calm for his son, Davis said that no child should be collateral damage for discriminatory “Stand Your Ground” laws and that his son’s life mattered:

“[Dunn] is going to learn that he must be remorseful for the killing of my son, that it was not just another day at the office.”

As previously reported by NewsOne, Dunn was found  guilty of 3 counts of attempted second degree murder and one count of hurling a deadly missile.  A mistrial was declared on the first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Jordan Davis.

The jury deliberated for four days and remained deadlocked on the 1st-degree murder charge and lesser charges, including second degree murder, manslaughter, justifiable homicide, or excusable homicide.

Watch Jordan’s parents speak at a post-trial press conference below:


Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, released the following statement after the jury returned the controversial partial verdict:

“We are deeply disappointed by the verdict in the case of Michael Dunn. Though he was convicted for attempted murder and shooting into the car, the value of Jordan Davis’ life was not addressed in this verdict. The mistrial further sends a chilling effect to parents in the twenty-three states that have the Stand Your Ground law or laws similar. It requires the Civil Rights community to head into Florida, which is now ground zero for a National fight to change that law. From Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis enough is enough. Our National board member Bishop Rudy Mckissick has been in the court room during the trial, including tonight representing us and supporting the family; sharing with them our prayers as we join them in pursuing justice and the ending the Stand Your Ground law.”

Michael Dunn: I Had ‘No Choice’ But To Shoot Jordan Davis Over Loud Music [VIDEO]

Florida state special prosecutor Angela Corey said that Dunn will be retried on the first-degree murder charge for Jordan Davis’ death.

“We intend to fully push for a new trial….Justice for Jordan Davis is as important as it is for any victim,” said Corey.

Michael Dunn Guilty of Attempted Murder. Mistrial On The Count Of Murder

Courtesy NewsOne.Com

Courtesy NewsOne.Com

 

The Florida jury in the case of Michael Dunn has found him guilty on four charges, including three for second-degree attempted murder. Michael Dunn is the man accused of shooting and killing 17 year old Jordan Davis because his music was too loud. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a fifth count of first-degree murder. The judge declared a mistrial on this count alone.

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Jordan Davis’ Parents Speak: Our Son Will Not Die In Vain

Jordan Davis

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As killer Michael Dunn, 45, prepares to face 1st-degree murder charges in September for the November 23, 2012 slaying of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, in an exclusive interview with Jet Magazine, the teen’s parents, Ron Davis and Lucia McBath, share the difficulties in keeping their son’s story alive and how they’ve bonded with Trayvon Martin‘s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.

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As previously reported by NewsOne, Davis was gunned down by Dunn at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida.  As previously reported by NewsOne, Dunn claims that he felt threatened by the teen — who was sitting inside of an SUV with friends — and loud music coming from the vehicle, so he shot inside of it 8 or 9 times before driving away leaving Davis to die in a friend’s arms.

None of the teens had weapons.

The fact that Dunn was carrying a legal concealed weapon, and is counting on Florida’s controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law to justify his actions, has drawn attention to the racial implications of the law in a state where Black manhood is consistently criminalized.

Read excerpts from the interview below:

How have you been preparing for the trial in September?

Ron Davis: We show up and listen to the information presented by the prosecutor and the defendant. We’re there to support the prosecutor. We’ll start a civil action after the trial.

Lucia McBath: Ron and I continue to attend all the pre-trial motions each month. The two most important motions, which were denied by the judge, were Michael Dunn’s request for bond as well as a denial to claim indigence for his attorney’s fees. His attorney continues to stall and drag out discovery and disclosure materials in hopes it will weaken our case. Evidence against Michael Dunn is overwhelming according to our attorneys so, we are hoping that once we go to trial September 23, justice for Jordan and the boys will be swift.

You set up a website to get 25,000 signatures on your petition. Were you successful in reaching that goal?

Ron Davis: It started too late. There was no way we could get that number of signatures by the deadline. The main goal was that we wanted people to know that their voice could make a difference.

Can you tell us about the new site, walkwithjordan.org, and what supporters will find there?

Ron Davis: We launched a new walkwithjordan.org on May 19. People visiting the site can be updated weekly, add their own stories, look through the photo gallery or donate to the Jordan Davis Memorial Fund. The memorial fund goes toward families of victims to bring attention to their cause. We need people to come forward who think they don’t have a voice. If we know that a situation is happening, we can contact local politicians.

Because of the vote on gun control, it seems like it’s a dead issue. It’s a state-by-state case. You have to be proactive to continue the fight. We’re not going to stop in helping to change the gun laws.

Have you met with politicians to discuss the Stand Your Ground law?

Lucia McBath: We have been extremely successful in discussions with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. I have spent considerable time in Washington, DC, speaking with legislators for, as well as against, common sense gun control legislation. We have made appearances on HLN, CNN, MSNBC, and TV One and continue to give interviews on various radio shows. I have now begun to work on gun control legislation in Georgia. I have been a supporter of State Senator Vincent Fort and now am a member of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America. I am actively working with them to place pressure on Georgia senators Chambliss and Isaacson to vote for measures that would amend the current gun laws for national background checks.

How have you connected with Trayvon Martin’s family?

Ron Davis: We were down in Miami to help celebrate Trayvon’s 18th birthday. We are in touch about what we’re doing. We’re trying to support them as much as we can. We do have bad days. The last thing you want to do is assume how someone feels. It’s hard to be strong when you are the one who lost a son or daughter. You do the best that you can, and that’s all you can do. I have told Trayvon’s father Tracy that anytime you want to call or text me, you can do that. It’s all a story until it’s not a story. He’s not going to be left by himself. It’s not about the 15 minutes.

Read the rest of the interview at JetMag.com.

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Melissa Harris-Perry: JET Magazine’s Jordan Davis Cover Is A Call To Action

jordan davis jetJet Magazine, recognized and respected for its long history of bringing Civil Rights issues to the forefront, has again proven its allegiance to the advocacy and advancement of the African-American community by making the bold decision to place Jordan Davis on their first magazine cover of 2013.

Jordan Davis, 17, was gunned down by accused shooter Michael Dunn, 45, at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23rd. As previously reported by NewsOne, Dunn claims that he felt threatened by the teen — who was sitting inside of an SUV with friends — and loud music coming from the vehicle, so he shot inside of it 8 or 9 times before driving away leaving Davis to die in a friend’s arms.

None of the teens had weapons.

Melissa Harris-Perry discusses the importance of JET’s decision, a magazine that shocked and awakened the nation into awareness and action by including images of the mangled body of 14-year-old Emmett Till, in their September 15, 1955 issue.

See MHP clip below:

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Family And Friends Gather To Say Good-Bye To Jordan Davis [VIDEO]

A Wolfson High School classmate of Jordan Davis breaks down outside the funeral home where the visitation with Davis' family was taking place at the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Mandarin area of Jacksonville, Fla., late Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 28, 2012. Michael David Dunn has been charged with fatally shooting Davis outside a Jacksonville convenience store following an argument that was triggered because the music coming from the teen's car was too loud. (Photo Credit AP)

A Wolfson High School classmate of Jordan Davis breaks down outside the funeral home where the visitation with Davis’ family was taking place at the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Mandarin area of Jacksonville, Fla., late Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 28, 2012. Michael David Dunn has been charged with fatally shooting Davis outside a Jacksonville convenience store following an argument that was triggered because the music coming from the teen’s car was too loud. (Photo Credit AP)


Grieving family and friends came together at Trinity Chapel in Powder Springs, Georgia on Saturday afternoon to say their final farewells to 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was gunned down by accused shooter Michael Dunn, 45, at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23rd.

RELATED: Police: White Man Kills Florida Teen Over Loud Music

As previously reported by NewsOne, Dunn claims that he felt threatened by the teen — who was sitting inside of an SUV with friends — and loud music coming from the vehicle, so he shot inside of it 8 or 9 times before driving away leaving Davis to die in a friend’s arms.

None of the teens had weapons.

See video clip from Jordan’s funeral service below:

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Jordan's father, Ron Davis and family

Jordan’s father, Ron Davis and family


Upon hearing that Dunn, who has been charged with second degree murder and attempted murder, might use the “Stand Your Ground” defense, Jordan’s father, Ron Davis, voiced his disbelief, reports News4Jax.com:

“If you feel threatened, most people call 911. He never did that as far as I’m told. He sprayed the car with bullets, knowing kids were in the car, drove to his hotel and had a good night’s sleep. He came down the next day, found out someone died, my son Jordan Davis, and still didn’t call the authorities,” said Davis.

Jordan’s mother, Lucia McBath, released the following statement:

“The family of the late Jordan Davis would like to thank everyone for your prayers as well as your expressions of love, care and concern.”

Former co-workers of Jordan’s father at Delta Airlines, where he worked for years before retiring, and firefighters from Jacksonville Fire Department, joined to give Jordan a poignant send-off when his body was flown from Jacksonville to Marietta for the funeral service. The firefighters gave the teen a water salute as the plane began to taxi don the runway.

See footage from FirstCoastNews below:

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Though Jordan’s family is adamant that justice be served, his father insists that he does not want revenge.

I don’t think this country can stand anymore revenge,” he told reporters in front of his home on Friday.

Jordan was laid to rest at Kennesaw Memorial Park.

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