It’s happening again.
Moments after the jury in the “loud music trial” returned with its verdict against Michael Dunn — guilty on three counts of attempted murder and a mistrial on charges of murdering teenager Jordan Davis — a rash of commentaries began popping up.
Writers are now expressing the kind of trepidation and angst that would have us believe that black children are not safe because a white man is lurking around every corner, waiting to shoot down a young man minding his own business.
One of the first to weigh in was The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, who equated Davis’ murder to the selling away of slave children, a daily occurrence in the antebellum South.
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“Jordan Davis had a mother and a father. It did not save him,” Coates wrote. “Trayvon Martin had a mother and a father. They could not save him. My son has a father and mother. We cannot protect him from our country, which is our aegis and our assailant.