Note: Though I gave Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald proper attribution when I used his “close your eyes/thug” experiment while anchoring a newscast on MSNBC last week, I failed to do so during my “Katie” appearance.” My bad, Leonard!
I’m glad it wasn’t an interview. I’m glad I didn’t prep for my conversation with Jordan Davis’ parents with research and scripted questions. Instead, I got an unexpected opportunity to spend nearly a half hour having a heart-to-heart with Lucia McBath and Ron Davis.
McBath and Davis were featured guests on “The Katie Show” yesterday. I was there as a guest as well to talk to Katie Couric about the fallout from the case. When their segment was done, Davis’ parents sat in the front rown while I was interviewed. When I was done, I immediately went over to say hello to them, and we all ended up walking back to the green room together. We struck up a conversation, and parts of it I want to share. READ MORE
There’s some confusion about Florida’s “stand your ground” law in the Michael Dunn case. Just like during the George Zimmerman trial, many are assuming that Dunn’s case is not a “stand your ground” case. Well, kinda, sorta. READ MORE
In 2012, Michael Dunn and his fiancee decided to get a dog. They named it Charlie.
Then, at some point, Dunn’s son decided to get married. At some point, it was decided that the wedding would be November 23rd in Jacksonville, Florida. Somebody decided that red wine would be served at the wedding reception. READ MORE
Happy Black History Month! Take a look at how far we’ve come:
A Stanford-educated black man who is regarded as the best in his profession somehow became the most famous “thug” in America.
On what would have been Trayvon Martin’s 19th birthday, most of the talk that day was about his killer being featured in a “celebrity” boxing match.
On February 3rd, the trial began for the man who shot and killed Jordan Davis, an unarmed black teenager, after the two got into an argument over loud music.
Also this month, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s kids are back in court and in another ugly, public feud after two of the siblings (Dexter & Martin III) sued the other (Bernice). Why? The brothers want their sister to turn over Dr. King’s bible and his Nobel Peace Prize medal for the purpose of selling those items. (The bible was used by President Obama when he was sworn in for his second term.)
On Sunday, the number one show on cable television was a show that featured an all-black cast. That show also featured an all-black fight. For a full recap, just go to Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta homepage and click on “I Will Drag You in this Bitch.” It’s featured prominently.
We’ve come a long way … to get HERE! Happy Black History Month!
The most contentious and the most emotional testimony so far came on a day when a lot of people may not have been paying attention to the Michael Dunn murder trial.
Court was in session on a Saturday. This is not uncommon for trials that have sequestered juries. In fact, jurors in this case even asked if they could work on Sunday as well, but the judge thought everyone needed at least one day off.
So, on Saturday, the prosecution continued its case with a parade of police and forensic witnesses who worked on the investigation.