Same Old Shit
Trayvon Martin must be rolling in his grave, and George Zimmerman’s supporters must be cheering their asses off. “Another no-good black thug nigger dies. Thank God for Stand Your Ground!” Be ready for more incidents like the following to happen in the near future:
Lt. Rob Schoonover of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department said 45-year-old Michael David Dunn and his girlfriend, both in town for Dunn’s son’s wedding, pulled up and asked the teens to turn down the music in their car.
Investigators reported that words were exchanged between Davis and Dunn, but did not elaborate.
The confrontation ended after Dunn, a gun collector, pulled out a weapon and fired at least eight shots at the SUV, striking Davis twice.
None of the vehicle’s other occupants were injured.
Dunn’s girlfriend, who was in the store buying wine at the time, returned to the car having heard a “popping” sound, and the two bolted from the scene. The unnamed woman told investigators Dunn admitted he “fired at these kids,” but claims they were not aware someone had died until hearing it on the news.
Dunn, a Satellite Beach resident, was arrested Saturday at his home on charges of murder and attempted murder. He was booked into Brevard County jail, where he is being held without bail.
He is expected to be returned to Jacksonville shortly after pleading not guilty through his attorney Robin Lemonidis.
“It will be very clear that Mr. Dunn acted very responsibly and as any responsible firearms owner would have acted under these circumstances,” Lemonidis told reporters, but would not elaborate.
Like I said at ‘At the Bar’ when I heard about this, I have no doubt that if these were a bunch of white kids blasting their music, there would not have been an exchange of words because Dunn would look at them as simply having a good time, and no shots would have been fired. And before some of you argue about how this “is not about race” or “white folks don’t blast music”, let me stop you now by telling you that you are wrong on both counts. I know some racial epithets were thrown at the young black folks and I knew white youth that played their music very loud. Yet, none of them were shot by a gun-toting fanatic.
If that wasn’t enough, remember the news last year about the two white teenage girls who made a racist video against blacks? Well, it happened again! This time, we have different girls now dressed in blackface telling the world how amused they are about black people:
According to the YouTube description of this video the two stars of this terribly racist blackface rant are University of Minnesota Duluth students.
The two young women go through a variety of stereotypes in the 5-minute video—they touch on gangs and gun violence, slavery, fried chicken, collard greens, apes… the list goes on.
As expected they got caught and are sorry they got caught. So, they issued this half-assed apology:
Both women in the video, Rachel Cooper and Jessica Heid, responded to the video.
“We were doing facials and it happened to have been a brown facial mask,” Cooper said in an email. “We had to leave it on for 12 minutes. During that 12 minutes, we horribly decided to make a video that we regret and are not happy about. This was made over a year ago.”
Cooper continued her email in an apologetic manner.
“I am saddened and sick to my stomach and sorry for anybody it offends. It was not mine or hers intention at all and we are embarrassed about it. We understand we cannot do anything about it now but apologize and inform people we did not paint our faces or put that on to purposely make a video. It was something that just happened after putting the facial cream on and we are so deeply sorry. This video does not define our true selves at all.”
Jessica Heid also replied to the video.
“That video does not define who we are… it was accidental… we did not intend to hurt anyone with it.”
Those of us who are not born with white skin and European features in a white privilege world knows that it doesn’t matter if they never intended to hurt anyone. The video was offensive for a list of reasons, reasons these girls most likely don’t understand or care to. And they don’t have to know because that is part of white privilege, not worrying about “other” people’s thoughts, feelings or opinions even if and when they are offended.
I am reminded in the blogosphere of that piteous fact. Not only that, I was told how my thoughts, feelings and opinions were wrong and even immoral. When I commented that white people have a problem with people of color, it was the same as being depraved and racist. Yet, white-on-black murders and racist videos are not quite as bad, or at least not worthy of being outraged and embittered over the kinds of people who do it repetitively for many years. Am I the only one who sees a major flaw in that rationale?
What are your thoughts on this?