Monthly Archives: February 2014


Jordan Davis


This is a horrendous story. Orlando Bagwell’s Op-ed video for the NYTimes is a good intro. All of the interrogations and interviews are on YouTube.

Man, in Jacksonville FL, annoyed by loud music and boisterous teens shot into SUV. Drives away. Ordered pizza and went to bed. Hears on TV that one teen in SUV, Jordan Davis, died. Man never calls police; just drives home w/girlfriend.

Claims at trial he was in fear for his life (stood ground). Jury has been out for days. In the video, Jordan Davis’s father describes their conversations about Trayvon. Describes how Jordan, named for the river, was a deeply hoped for “miracle” baby, conceived after fertility procedure. Includes some family pictures and home video.

Not so much publicity. Guess the news cycle has Dead Black Teen fatigue.


And it’s NOT about loud music. It’s about a racist white man convinced first that black teens had insulted him. And second that that gave him the right to kill them.

Remember, he drove away. Had pizza and wine with his girlfriend, and went to sleep. He never called police. They found him because a homeless man in the parking lot got his plate number.

He made up a ridiculous story about what had happened, and got away with murder/manslaughter.

Headlines about how loud music was the issue oversimplify what happened, not so subtly play to sympathy from white people who don’t like hiphop, rap, etc., and believe that the word “thug” means any black teenage young man.