What if Michael Dunn was Black?

Casey Thomas | 3/3/2014, 9:40 a.m.
By now, most people are familiar with who Michael Dunn is. If not, they have heard the name Jordan Davis
Casey Thomas

The Dallas Examiner

By now, most people are familiar with who Michael Dunn is. If not, they have heard the name Jordan Davis. Dunn is the man who was recently tried on a first-degree murder charge in the Florida case where a 47-year-old White man shot into a vehicle with four Black boys because the music was playing too loud. One boy was killed, and that young man was Davis.

This case has once again caused us to question how fair the criminal justice system is. One of the key factors in this trial was the instructions that were given prior to the jury beginning their deliberations. Due to the fact that “stand your ground” laws were passed in Florida, the jury was informed that the defendant has a right to meet force with force, even deadly force if they feel they are being threatened with their life.

This caused at least two of the jurors to question the motive of Dunn when it came to his intent. Did he really feel threatened to the point of having a need to use deadly force? The jury had to make this decision. It was interesting to me that during the trial, Dunn never told his fianceé about Davis or any other boy having a gun at the time of the shooting. As a matter of fact, after he drove off, he went home and ordered a pizza! This does not sound like anyone who felt like their life was threatened.

As I followed the facts of the trial, a thought entered my mind. What would have happened if Dunn would have been a Black man and he would have shot into the car of four White teenage boys? I can only imagine how quickly he would have been arrested and placed in solitary confinement in fear that the White inmates at the jail would develop a lynch mob mentality and instill their own form of justice on him.

Also, how do you think the media would have portrayed this shooting and the trial that would soon follow? Every major news network would interview members of the Black Dunn’s family to see what would have caused him to shoot these boys. They would want to know if he had a history of mental illness. If he had any children of his own, and what type of father and/or husband was he. He would have been forced to wear a bulletproof vest to his arraignment in fear that he would be shot and killed.

Each of the young men in the vehicle would have been interviewed and would have been perceived as victims at the hands of a crazed Black man. They would have been invited to the White House to meet the president after having to suffer from such a heinous and senseless crime. Their parents would have been showcased as caring parents who made sure their children knew their rights and made the right decision by not getting out of the car to aggravate the angry Black man.