Melissa Harris-Perry | December 01, 2012
>>> the police acted the very next day. a man was arrested, charged and is in custody, being held without bond. this, the alleged shooting of jordan davis by michael david dunn is not that, the shooting of george martin by trayvon. another 17-year-old african- american boy shot and killed. the alleged assail lent, an older white man, say he felt threatened. the boy he is accused of shooting was reportedly unarmed. another claim of self-defense to justify the killing. another pair of grieving parents losing a child and seeking justice. since for those of us that know them and love them that this is no country for young black men which is why i am addressing my own blackler for whom it may concern. it is me, melissa. if you are like me, this latest news has got you concerned. here we are again. it's been barely a year since the killing of trayvon martin resurrected that old angst, long buried but always there just below the surface, you know, that feeling. it's the one that makes us here about trayvon and now jordan davis , reach back across decades into our history for another boy named emmett till . then, it was a whistle at a white woman . now, it's a hooded sweatshirt or music being played loudly from a car but always this. one thing has been the same. no presumption of innocence for young black men, no benefit of the doubt , guilt, not determined by what they did or said but presumed to be inherent in their very being. they need not wield the weapon to pose a threat. if you are a young black man, you are threat enough. in yet another case, it seems that perceived threat is just enough for someone who would play judge, jury and execution ner. jordan davis will be laid to rest today. his father described his son as a typical teenager looking forward to starting his job at mcdonald's saving up to buy his first car. the day before he died, his mother says, he gave the thanksgiving dinner prayer where he gave thanks for his family. before jordan could be eulogized at his funeral, they were already telling a different story about this young man and who he was. according to police, jordan and his three friends were sitting in an suv at a jacksonville gas station when he pulled up next to them and asked them to turn down their music. words were exchanged and this story, dunn's attorney, robin, tells us, about why her client felt threatened. he sees that much of a shotgun coming up over the rim of the suv and all he cease are heavily tinted front windows that are up and the back daris down. he doesn't know how old anyone is. he knows a shotgun when he sees one. he got his first gun from his grandparents when he was a kid in the third grade. police have no evidence that jordan and his friends have any weapon in their car. michael david dunn , a registered gun owner did have one. he used his gun to fire eight rounds into the boys' vehicle. two of those bullets struck and killed jordan davis , sitting in the back seat. dunn fled the scene. these are the facts as we know them today. details will continue to emerge. as we watch the case unfold, let us be sure while we are watching that we continue to see in jordan davis what michael dunn did not, a human being , no the a threat.