From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis

From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis

From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis

Throughout American history black males have been seen as a threat even when they are unarmed and even when wearing attire that was professional. Still, Tragic events such as the death of 14-year old Emmett Till because white men assumed he whistled at a white woman. Causing these citizens to feel that they had the “right” to brutally torture and kill Emmett Till. Still in 2012 you have young black men seen as guilty criminals first. A stereotype that should have died but has been with held to this day. These young black men are not threats but simply just minding their own business, living their own life till a stranger assumes differently and takes matters into their own hands. As this “stand your ground law” in Florida continues to give them that right just as the sheriff in the days of Emmett Till stood around as lynch mobs killed innocent blacks.

No one wants to admit it but racism is still alive today and it seems like it may be worst. Some would argue that Trayvon shouldn’t have been wearing the hoodie or the teens should have had their music lower. Forgetting that it was a light sprinkle the night Trayvon was shot and Zimmerman shot him in his chest instead of in a leg. As neighbors who say they heard the commomtion outside but did nothing to help. Or perhaps one could forget that teens like Jordan Davis like their music loud and blaring. Something teens of all races enjoy but you don’t see people shooting eight or nine shots at every teen for doing so.

From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis

Sure we all may be annoyed but really your at a public gas station and only for a few minutes so why not do what you have to do and leave. No one gets hurt and you more than likely will not see the teens again and Jordan Davis still alive. Still, the question that the remains is, why so many shots, why not just a warning shot and let’s not forget this tragic event took place at a gas station. What if one of those shots had hit a gas pump. Then, Mr. Dunn would be on trial for more than just Jordan Davis murder. He may have been given the right to protect himself but at the same time his judgment was clouded where he could of even killed himself if an explosion had occurred due to one of his shots being fired at a gas pump.

So why is that still, in 2012 young black men are seen as threats, and innocent lives such as Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis are gunned down due to their attackers feeling “threatened.” Both of these attacks took place in Florida and due to Florida’s “stand your ground law,” a law that needs serious re-examination by its lawmakers before another innocent life is taken. The law may have good intentions but it is flawed heavily as it gives a gun holder the right to shootfirst, and ask questions later if they feel threatened. This law may work in some cases but in the cases of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis the victim wasn’t the shooter but the person shot. Both teens were 17 year old and unarmed teens.


In the case of Trayvon Martin he was seen as a threat because of his hoodie and he “looked” high. Even as 911 dispatchers told, Zimmerman not to follow Trayvon he did making Trayvon aware that he was being followed and Trayvon a minor became afraid. Still, against dispatchers wishes Zimmerman pursued Trayvon and in that pursuit shot and killed Trayvon. When instead Zimmerman should of stayed put in his car and let the police handle the situation. Instead of acting like he was law enforcement and taking matters into his own hands. Perhaps then Trayvon Martin will still be alive today.

As for the case for Jordan Davis, he was found threatening due to loud playing music that he and a few friends were listening to in their parked truck at a gas station. It was the assumption of 45 year old Michael David Dunn who asked the teens to turn down the music and when they didn’t, Mr. Dunn says the teens pointed a gun at him so he shot eight or nine shots at the teens killing Jordan Davis. Police did not find a weapon in the teens possession. So what will make Mr. Dunn shoot 8 or 9 shots into the vehicle instead of just calling 911 or perhaps not saying anything to the teens. Everyone knows teens like to blast their music, and blasting music has never harmed anyone. Mr. Dunn didn’t have to say anything to the teens but take care of his business at the gas station and leave. Instead Mr. Dunn shot eight or nine shots at the teens and fled the scene.

From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis

Now Zimmerman and Michael David Dunn are facing charges of taking two innocent lives as the families of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis grieve the loss of their beloved sons.

-Kelly J Newson

6 Responses to "From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis"

  1. imgonnablessu   December 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Ppl shouldn’t rely on statistics because of variables that impact the outcome of those numbers. Jeffrey dahmer killed a lot of ppl, so have john Wayne gacy etc. My point is black ppl are likely to to be charged easily while white ppl escape for years committing the same crime. Just like when you in a store black people are more likely to be followed than whites. That doesn’t mean white person don’t steal it means they are less likely to be caught since their not the ones being profiled. That’s why white ppl can commit the same crime over and over and black ppl get labeled by statistics. Statistics makes a fool out of everyone. It’s too bad ppl use it as a way to prove a point. The only point it prove is how foolish you actually are. Who’s the real terrorist, what does history and statistics say the answer is? Don’t worry I’ll wait…………….

  2. Susan   December 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Could not have said it better. What a sad day. Would hope we would have learned from the murder of Emmett Till.

  3. J. Ustsayin   December 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    “So why is that still, in 2012 young black men are seen as threats, and innocent lives such as Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis are gunned down due to their attackers feeling “threatened.” ”

    Maybe because black people commit disproportionately more crimes than white people? One example:

    I’m not saying that black people are inherently bad. I do not believe that to be true. However, I would argue that something must be vastly different about the social situations in which African-Americans find themselves that causes them to resort to criminal activity. It’s worth a good think.

    Anyway, the fact is: black people commit more crimes, and are thus perceived as more dangerous that other ethnicities. This statement is not racist, just racial, and backed by years upon years of unbiased government statistics.

    • J. Ustsayin   December 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      than* oops.

    • Arizona Tiger   December 12, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Honestly its not right for you to say oh well yea he felt threatened so he had to shoot the gun. Yea, I maybe 16 but I’ve learned you don’t judge people by what ethnicity they are. I mean I’m Native American and I don’t like racism towards me. African Americans are the same as anyone else. You tell me where in the bible does it say god created racism do white people to be treated like kings and queens. Honestly, the guys that shot those teenagers should have to live with what they did to those innocent teens and their families.saying your not trying to be racist. They should pay for what happened to those teens and for what they put their families through.

    • Ashley   December 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

      This is a really ignorant comment. To say black peole commit more crimes is based off the people’s judgment of conviction. Who’s to say that white people don’t get off on majority of the charges that they get brought up on, which might be something you want to look into. And for you to even argue this point is moot. The fact is, is that both of these young boys were innocent, no matter what anyone else has done that share their ethnicity. That’s like me sayiong all white people are races because majority of racial activities are committed by white people against black people. Either way it was wrong. Period.


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