by Dr. Boyce Watkins
Florida is ground central for suspicious shootings of young black men. Just a few months after the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a teenager in central Florida has also been shot under suspicious circumstances. Michael David Dunn shot and killed Jordan Russell Davis, a student at Samuel W. Wolfson High School.
The 17-year old was sitting in an SUV in a parking lot when Dunn came up and asked him to turn his music down. The two exchanged words, and that’s when Dunn shot at the young man eight or nine times, killing him in the process. His attorney says that the shooting was in self-defense.
Russell’s father, Ron Davis, says that his son died in the arms of one of his friends. He also says that he was unarmed. Dunn has been arrested and charged with both murder and attempted murder. He is being held without bail.
The fact that Dunn plans to say that the shooting was in self-defense brings the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law back into the spotlight. But what is also sad is that while many African Americans will be up in arms over this shooting, almost no one says a word when black men shoot one another. This happens in nearly every major city, every single day of the year. It seems that black death only gets attention when it’s done by someone of another race.