Florida’s second sensational, race-tinged murder trial in less than a year is underway. Michael Dunn, a white, 47-year-old software developer, shot and killed Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old African American, as the teen sat in an SUV with three friends. Charged with first-degree murder, Dunn is pleading self-defense under Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. He contends that he argued with the teens (over what a witness says he called their “thug music”) and fired on them after he claims he saw Davis brandish a shotgun. Police found no gun at the scene, and witnesses say Davis never had one.
Like the George Zimmerman trial, during which the self-styled neighborhood watchman successfully argued that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in self-defense, Dunn’s case has raised questions about Florida’s broad self-defense law, racial profiling, and how the two issues intersect. Would Martin and Davis be alive if they weren’t black? Would they have been afforded the benefit of the doubt by their killers if they had been white? Their deaths didn’t happen in a vacuum. There’s evidence that just being black in the United States is often all it takes to arouse suspicion. Here are 21 examples from the last five years of some of the things black people can’t do without others thinking they’re up to no good.
1. Listen to loud music at a gas station.
2. Walk home from a snack run to 7-11.
3. Wear a hoodie.
5. Drive in a car with a white girl.
7. Walk on the wrong side of the street.
8. Wait for a school bus to take you to your high school basketball game.
9. Drink iced tea in a parking lot.
11. Inspect your own property.
12. Show up at your job.
13. Talk trash after an NFL game.
14. Throw a temper tantrum in kindergarten.
16. Buy designer accessories at Macy’s.
17. Be a 13-year-old boy.
18. Enter your own home.
20. Be a tourist.
21. Lay face down in handcuffs.
After police arrived, Darius’ body remained on the sidewalk while police questioned his mother, Patricia Larry, in a squad car for approximately two hours.
During the police investigation of the shooting, they searched Ms. Larry’s home. Finding nothing, they proceeded to arrest Darius’ older brother for having truancy tickets.
John Spooner was granted a $300,000 bail, (only $30,000 would have to be posted for him to be free). Bail is uncommon when the charge is murder in the first degree.
This all took place in 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Mr. Spooner’s trial is to begin next month.
Tulsa OK 1921: US Government Bombs US City
National Guard troops patrolling the streets armed. Thousands of black people held in a convention center. Hundreds of black dead, with bodies piled like wood. That was not New Orleans, that was Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June 1921.
On May 30, 1921 a young black man named Dick Rowland, stumbled into a white woman, while entering an elevator. He was accused of assault, and arrested the next day. Newly rich from oil Tulsa, was a Ku Klux Klan town. Rowland was sentenced to be hanged. The Tulsa Tribune called for a “Negro lynching tonight.”
The white mob was surprised when they were met by several dozen armed black men, dressed in their World War I uniforms. This led to a racist three day destruction of the black neighborhood of Greenwood. The Red Cross reported 300 mostly dead black people.
Greenwood called “Little Africa,” was a relatively wealthy community. White mobs, many deputized, destroyed every house, store, church or school. The mob met resistance from an armed black population. Governor Robertson declared martial law. The National Guard arrived with machine gun mounted trucks, and airplanes hovering over Greenwood. It was the first time an American city was bombed from the air, by the US government.
Over 6,000 black people, were round up and held in the convention center and fairgrounds, as long as eight days. The homeless were shuttled into a tent city, where typhoid and malnutrition took over. Blacks were allowed out of the convention center, with a tag, with an employers name. Thosands fled the city.
Attempts to turn Greenwood into an industrial zone were unsuccessful. For several years, it was deprived of paved streets, running water, and garbage collection.
See: Tulsa Reparations Coalition and thank you to Internationalist Group for presenting this story in your newspaper.
When people think about racism and acts of violence in America, they’ll think about it being concentrated in the South and maybe they’ll even limit it to stopping at the ’50s or ’60s. But this crime happened and continues to happen in other places across America and to other ethnic minorities too. Maybe not on the same scale, but that ideology still exists. (If anyone is interested, one good source is Sundown Towns by James Loewen.) It’s disturbing how this part of our history is something people want to forget or not talk about. This happened. It still happens.
NYPD officers stop-and-frisk black teen for being ‘a f*cking mutt’
New York Police Department officers berated a young African-American man named Alvin during a so-called stop-and-frisk in 2011, an audio recording obtained by The Nation revealed.
In the clip, the officers tell Alvin that he is being stopped because he kept looking at them with his hood up. As he was being searched, one officer threatened to arrest Alvin for “being a fucking mutt.” Another officer added: “Dude, I’m gonna break your fuckin’ arm, then I’m gonna punch you in the fuckin’ face.”
But the officers were apparently unable to find anything illegal on Alvin and he was not arrested.
“He grabbed me by my bookbag and he started pushing me down. So I’m going backwards like down the hill and he just kept pushing me, pushing me, it looked like he we was going to hit me. I felt like they was trying to make me resist or fight back,” Alvin told The Nation.
New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy allows police officers to stop, question and search anyone who looks suspicious. The policy is aimed at finding illegal guns and drugs, but has face a slew of criticism from those who contend the aggressive searches target ethnic minorities.
The NYPD detained 684,330 people in 2011 under the city’s stop-and-frisk policy. At least nine out of 10 people stopped were innocent, and 87 percent of them were either black or Latino.
The “stop-and-frisk” policy sounds nearly as scary as the “Stand Your Ground” law. Whenever I read about these instances I think about my family and it makes me afraid and angry.
Austin police investigate reports of racially motivated ‘bleach bomb’ attacks near University of Texas
“It is people of color they are attacking in West Campus,” Carr told The Horn. “Until we put pressure on the university to [protect] us, these events are going to keep happening.”
School officials say they are taking the new allegations very seriously.
“The last thing in today’s world that anyone wants is any racial issues on campus or anywhere,” Dahlstrom told the Statesman. “I hope students are above that … [but] I am not naive to think there are not some issues.”
UT Austin’s Greek community has faced criticism recently for hosting ethnically themed parties some found offensive. Two large sororities apologized recently for hosting a “Fiesta” party in which some partygoers wore shirts that read “Illegal” and “Border Patrol.”
Jaysen Runnels, an African-American student, told KVUE-TV that he was hit twice by bleach balloons while walking near campus.
He doesn’t think he was a random target.
HEY GUYS i GO TO THIS SCHOOL AND LIKE ASIAN AND BLACK STUDENTS ARE BEING TARGETED. I LIVE IN WEST CAMPUS BY THE WAY
WHY ARE PEOPLE JUST LIKING THIS POST REBLOG IT, PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW UT AUSTIN HAS RACIST STUDENTS IN IT DOING VERY RACIST THINGS AND THE SCHOOL IS CHOOSING TO NOT TO DO MUCH ABOUT IT
god fuck racist frat culture
News 12 video of 13 year old black child getting hit by an unmarked police car in Hempstead, NY.
Nassau County police insist that it was accident or a “possible brake failure” but witnesses say their phones were confiscated and the police told them to fuck off and that what they saw didn’t matter. Some witnesses even say they heard the car accelerate before it hit him.
They refused to bring the child, Jaden Florence to the hospital to get treated until he was processed at the police station.
If you live in the Marrero or Westwego, LA (right outside of New Orleans) area and you are a woman of color please be careful. This is second hand knowledge but a Black woman was doing her daily walking exercise and three white females rode by in a truck…
This shit still happens.
[TW FOR MURDER, GUN VIOLENCE, RACISM]
My cousin Nolan “Ryan” Henderson, he was killed this past weekend. On Sunday March 25, 2012. He accidently bumped into a football player they threw him in the pool and jumped him then they shot him in the face and left him there to die. Why? What was the reason. The cops are not questioning the football players at all. Me and my family will not stop until we get justice for his death. Please Pleasee reblog this and help me and my family out i really need this. #JusticeForRyan #JusticeForRyan #JusticeForRyan. Rest In Peace Ryan, ILOVEYou
YOU GUYS PLEASE REBLOG!!! MY FIANCE’S FAMILY NEEDS JUSTICE FOR RYAN!!
The hell is wrong with people today? This is so fucking tragic.
Uh… what the hell…
Wow… RIP young brother.
Atlanta. Chicago. El Cajon. The recent verdict in Baton Rouge. The recent verdict in Mississippi. And now Ryan, wherever he is. That’s six — this week alone. Trayvon was NOT an isolated incident.
Aren’t you seeing a pattern yet?
How can anyone keep calling them isolated incidents?
These unarmed people had lives and families, and they are gone now.
People of Color are killed pretty much anytime we get in somebody’s way or on somebody’s nerves. Or just for fun.
I read recently that evidence regarding the El Cajon murder may point to family violence or honor killing. Regardless, I haven’t heard of Nolan Ryan Henderson’s murder until now and it was only last month that I knew about Trayvon Martin.