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Will there be justice for Jordan?

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The State of Florida has rested its case in the murder trial of Michael Dunn. It’s done a better job than it did in the Dunn Trayvon Martin case, i.e. charging Dunn also with attempted murder of Jordan Davis’ friends who were also in the car at the time of the shooting,  NOT charging Dunn’s fiancee’ so that she could be used as a material witness, etc.  However, they were still some missed opportunities to get closer to the truth such as establishing that Dunn could have had more to drink than the 3-4 drinks the fiancee’ witnessed him drinking, what were Dunn’s past conversations about black males or black music since her response was “I know” when Dunn pronounced his hatred of “thug music.”

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If the state doesn’t get a conviction, I believe you’ll see an escalation of violence in the state of Florida as this will send yet another message that the lives of black males are worthless. Dunn’s shooting of Jordan Davis in a hail of bullets, leaving the scene of the crime, walking Charlie the puppy, ordering pizza and NEVER calling 911 show a callous and calculating man, not a man afraid for his life.

 

 

A firing squad–really?

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By Jamala Rogers

Smulls is scheduled for execution on Jan. 28.
Smulls is scheduled for execution on Jan. 28.

The desperation of the State of Missouri to keep executions churning is starting to get embarrassing. At a time when the rest of the nation is experiencing the lowest number of executions ever, the Show Me State scheduled three executions in three months. Missouri has proven it has an insatiable appetite for state killings and is willing to execute by any means necessary – even if it’s illegal, unethical and barbaric.

I reported in a previous column how Missouri was going to become the first state to use the controversial drug Propofol for lethal injections. The general public was first introduced to Propofol as the drug that killed pop star Michael Jackson.  Read more.

Appreciating What’s Been Said: Reflections on Amiri Baraka

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Published by BlackCommentator

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“Appreciating what’s been said and if I understand correctly…” That was the routine and respectful phrase we used in the Congress of African People when were about to engage in some serious discussion. As I faced the reality of Amiri Baraka’s death, I couldn’t help but reflect on his impact on my life.

As a young radical, heavily influenced by the Black Student and Black Power Movements, I was looking for a political home when a group of like-minded young people from St. Louis made a trip to New Ark, New Jersey to visit the headquarters of the Congress of African People (CAP). The rest is history. Read more