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She continued, “In my mind I keep saying, ‘Had he not spoke back, spoke up, would he still be here?’ I don’t know. But I do know that Jordan was Jordan to the end. I think Jordan was defending his friends. ‘We’re not bothering you. We don’t know you. You don’t know us. Why can’t we play our music as loud as we want?’”
I told her that I was stunned by her grace after the verdict. I told her the verdict greatly angered me. I told her that the idea that someone on that jury thought it plausible there was a gun in the car baffled me. I told her it was appalling to consider the upshot of the verdict—had Michael Dunn simply stopped shooting and only fired the shots that killed Jordan Davis, he might be free today.
She said, “It baffles our mind too. Don’t think that we aren’t angry. Don’t think that I am not angry. Forgiving Michael Dunn doesn’t negate what I’m feeling and my anger. And I am allowed to feel that way. But more than that I have a responsibility to God to walk the path He’s laid. In spite of my anger, and my fear that we won’t get the verdict that we want, I am still called by the God I serve to walk this out.”
Read up on the Michael Dunn trial and recent verdict if you have not and then re-read this article. I have only heard of the case in passing with a busy few weeks but the concept of the inherent difficulties in being black in America resonates with me more and more. I have no doubt that black parents must tell their children to behave differently than others and that fact strikes me as unbelievably shameful.
Took me just under 45 minutes to read through this article but I’d encourage you to take a look as well. Regardless of your opinion on him, the President has an unbelievably full and complex plate and getting to know even a small bit more of his approach is valuable.
I’ve heard of this book before and just ordered it now. DV cases are rough in so many ways and I have two going to jury in the next month.