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By: LaLeta McClure
O.K. now we know that another one of our young Black men, Jordan Davis has been a sacrificial lamb of injustice. Yes I am speaking of the Michael Dunn verdict, guilty on three charges of attempted second-degree murder. “But the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on the most significant charge of first degree murder in the death of 17 year old Jordan Davis” (www.cnn.com).
I use the phrase ‘sacrificial lamb’ because of the Ph. D author named Clenora Hudson-Weems who wrote the book ‘Emmett Till: The Sacrificial Lamb of the Civil Rights Movement’. And I ask “why must our Black children be sacrificed”? Again just as Trayvon Martin, either of the two could have been my 18 year old son Jeremiah Andrew McClure-Donaldson. Um, it is Black History Month and I am still wondering how far have we really come? We know the saying ‘same old thing; just a different day’.
Please note: people that no matter the race of a person, or how we say what we say, you/me/we don’t have the right to pull up on property that is not yours nor mine and request that someone turn their music down. Please allow the police to handle that request, I am just saying.
In the words of Emmett Till’s mother Mamie Bradley; “what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all” (http://www.watson.org/~lisa/blackhistory/early-civilrights/emmett.html).