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Black students in Tallahassee demand ‘Justice for Jordan Davis’

By staff |
December 2, 2012
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Candles spell out justice at vigil for Jordan Davis
Candles spell out justice at vigil for Jordan Davis (Fight Back! News/Staff)
Black student organizations demand justice for Jordan Davis
Black student organizations demand justice for Jordan Davis

Tallahassee, FL - On Dec. 1, just after sunset, Black student organizations from Florida State University (FSU) and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) held a candlelight vigil for Jordan Davis. Davis, a 17-year-old Black teen was violently gunned down in Jacksonville while in the backseat of a friend's car by a middle-aged white male bigot, supposedly over the volume of the car's music.

On Nov. 23, Michael Dunn unloaded a vicious barrage of eight shots into a SUV parked in a Duval County gas station. Two rounds struck and killed young Davis. Although arrested the next day at his south Florida home, the Dunn defense relys on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law for protection from justice.

Although the vigil did not directly address this law, it did address the system which demonizes black males as a threat to the white-supremacist system. Reminiscent of vigils for the hate-crime homicide of Trayvon Martin, the mostly Black, 50-student vigil heard speeches condemning the deep-seeded and perpetual association of Black being an inherent threat - an association solely supported by a crutch of bigotry.

Kristen Bonner, president of Dream Defenders at FSU spoke to the crowd, saying “I'm tired. Tired of Black skin being associated with adjectives such as threatening, suspicious and dangerous. I'm tired of only knowing that these Black youth have existed because they are dead.”

Also present at the vigil were leaders from FAMU Dream Defenders, Progressive Black Men INC. and the Black Student Union at FSU. Shantel Moten, Assistant Director of Pride at FSU (an LGBTQ student organization) said in her speech, “We need to fight back against the white hetero-patriarchal system.”

4 comments

 
Anonymous wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

It's time for all people to

It's time for all people to come together and put an end to this ancient and racist way of being. If we don't ban together, young and old, rich and poor, black and white etc., this will never end. This type of thing keeps happening because there are those who think that we've become a weak people and have no fight in us. But Jesus left a road map and so did Martin Luther King, Jr. We are all leaders and therefore must ban together and lead in protest of this senseless killing. Otherwise you can expect more. Just as hands that picked cotton, picked a President, those same individuals can right the wrong and injustice that is being done to our children. We dare not rest because as you see, there's a lot more work to be done. I'm ready to march.

 
Anonymous wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Agreed!

Agreed!

 
Anonymous wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

GOD Is The Answer

The Bible repeats our story over and over. We are so blinded and we a people destroyed by the lack of knowledge. Instead of coming together in protests, press conferences and other things that obviously produces no change, we need to come together as the days of old, repent of our sins and cry out to GOD and then we will see the Salvation Of The LORD!

 
Anonymous wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Rally No More

I would like to first offer my sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of Jordan Davis, as this is a tragedy no parent should ever have to face. Secondly, I am perplexed by this rally-happy mentality we, Black people have adopted as a primary means of demanding justice and calling attention to injustice; have not enough young, Black men and women died to ignite a fire in us that makes us feel like we need to do more?? Rather than ONLY gather to honor and demand justice for the slain individual, we need to protest, write letters, storm offices, boycott businesses, come together and do MORE because rallying is NOT and NEVER WAS THE ANSWER. I urge the Black community to come together and be inventive about ways to increase our efficacy. Until we can do that, nobody outside of our community will care enough to do more than take a moment of silence at best; WE HAVE TO RAISE THE BAR AND DEMAND THAT OUR EXPECTATIONS, AS TAX-PAYING CITIZENS AND HUMAN BEINGS, BE MET, OR ELSE!!

Be Blessed and I am praying for my people!!