Another unarmed black teenager has been gunned down in Florida. Will this play out the same way the Trayvon Martin killing did?
Second verse, same as the first. In an argument over loud music, Jordan Davis was shot to death by Michael Dunn, who claims he was acting in self-defense, reacting to seeing Davis and friends brandish a gun that, it turns out, never existed.
Dunn evidently initiated the encounter, telling Davis and his friends to turn down the music in their car. Yeah, they were at a gas station, and Dunn could have waited two minutes and just left, but no, he’s a middle-aged white man and they’re a bunch of black teenagers, and that means it’s his world, not theirs, and they’re intruding on it. Dunn says he then felt threatened by the reaction of the teenagers, and pulled out the gun he was carrying for just such an occasion, blasting away at the car, snuffing out a human life, and then fleeing the scene with his girlfriend because they were scared they were being chased by gang members.
Let me repeat that. Dunn opened fire on a carload of unarmed kids, killing one, and then ran and hid because he was scared of them.
I’ve known guys like Dunn. I think most of us have. He’s the type who carries a gun, and has a lot more at home, because he hopes to use them. He is so shiveringly afraid of the imaginary enemies he thinks surround him, most of whom are black or brown, that the only way he can get through the day is with vivid fantasies of how one day he will have an excuse to cry self-defense after killing someone.
Killing someone for playing their radio too loud. And then running away. And I’ll bet you folding money he still thinks of himself as the unjustly persecuted good guy in this story.
What’s worse, over the coming days and weeks, we’ll see plenty more affluent middle-aged white guys coming forward in the media to defend that narrative. We did last time, we will this time, and we will next time. Unless anyone seriously believes there won’t be a next time?