Black parents across America are surprised by the Michael Dunn verdict handed down this weekend. Dunn, a White 47-year old man, was on trial for shooting into a car full of teenagers in Jacksonville, FL after an argument over loud music. During the shooting, 17-year old Jordan Davis was killed.
Although found guilty on multiples counts of attempted murder, a mistrial was declared on the count of first-degree murder. Although many comparisons can be made, this case is a far cry from the Zimmerman trial where he was acquitted for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Like Zimmerman, Dunn claims that he thought his life was in danger when he fired the shots, saying that he thought he saw a gun. His attorneys argued self-defense during the trial. No gun was found on the victim.
With emotions still running high from the Martin case, it is puzzling to many how a jury did not convict Dunn of first-degree murder. Despite this fact, however, Dunn faces up to 60 years in prison for the attempted murder charges.
As an African American parent, how do you feel about the Dunn verdict? What are you teaching your kids (especially boys) about life in America?