Shawn Maxam is tired of being afraid for his life just because he happens to be a man of color.
The Jordan Davis story probably got lost in the shuffle of the Thanksgiving holiday and also because there was a rapid appropriate response by law enforcement. I won’t go into specific details about the case except to say that a 17 year old unarmed African-American male was killed again.
Michael David Dunn is charged with murder and attempted murder in the Nov. 23 shooting at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station. The 45-year-old Dunn parked beside the sport utility vehicle occupied by (Jordan) Davis and three other young men and told them to turn the music down, police said. Dunn exchanged words with Davis, who was in the back seat, and started firing.
I am heading into NYC in a few hours, specifically Brooklyn, and I can honestly say I am experiencing anxiety about the trip. I am constantly afraid whenever I am outside of my apartment. I experience fear when I am driving my car to graduate school in Pennsylvania, when I am riding the subway in New York and when I am walking around the small town of Princeton, NJ. I am constantly afraid of being the victim of gun violence. Both the cases of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis illustrate that this isn’t some irrational paranoid fear that I have. Whether it is my own personal experiences of racial profiling or the larger issue of societal stereotyping of men, specifically Black men, we need a have a honest conversation about why I feel a sense of accomplishment by reaching the age of 31 years old.
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