This weekend the verdict came down on the Jordan Davis case. Although the man responsible for his death was convicted of 3 counts of attempted murder, he was not convicted of murder. I don’t care to use his name, but justice was not served, yet again.
It is so extremely oppressive to spend your life proving your innocence. You have to walk around and actively try to appear none threatening. You have to be self-conscious. Make sure that no one under any circumstance has any perceived justification for harassing, jailing, or, worst of all. killing you.
Do you understand what it would mean if everybody who felt threatened killed the person who they perceived to be a threat? Do you understand the type of environment that would create? No one would be safe. Anybody at any time could be seen as suspicious or threatening. How can you justify killing someone because you were afraid of them based off of your perceptions of them? That’s not justice.
It is not self-defense to enter into an unnecessary conflict with someone and then decide to get scared. It is not self-defense to pursue someone who is minding their own business and then when they don’t back down you get to pull out your gun. That’s not self-defense. Self-defense is someone breaking into your home with a weapon and threatening the safety of your family. Your imagination projecting some latent fear onto the people around you does not give you grounds for self-defense.
Why do we need police if people can just walk around with guns killing the people who scare them? Why are there courts if any man on the street can become judge, jury, and executioner? We cannot continue to allow these white men to take the lives of young black men and then turn around and turn the dead into criminals. That’s not how this works. If young black men began killing white men who they perceived to be dangerous, the coverage would be completely different. It would be hide ya kids, hide ya wife. It would be malicious thugs slaying white men. They would not be able to claim self-defense and they certainly would not be able to walk the streets and live their lives afterward. These are lives being taken; lives that haven’t even had the chance to develop into their full potential. There are people are deciding that these lives are worthless and that idea is being proven in the courts. This cannot continue.
I am starting a petition on We the People for reform of the self-defense laws. I want it to be made clear that you cannot just decide to take away the life of a young black man. Those lives have value and it is time that we stand up and protect them. It’s past time to for this legalized genocide stop and we recognize who the true thugs are.
Rest in Peace Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and every other young black man who has yet to see justice. We know that your life meant something and we are going to make sure of it.
Too true. Shoutout to Jonathan Edwards for the below picture: