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Can Jordan Davis Documentary Expose the Desensitization of Murdered Black Children?

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By Joshua D. Copeland

Jordan Davis, another among many killed Black youth, is being given a documentary…What makes his death stand out from the rest is that for once, the killer was actually found guilty…

Director Marc Silver has been given the opportunity to share Davis’s story in the new documentary, “3 1/2 Minutes.”  HBO licensed the U.S. television rights to the documentary and premiere in the documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film will highlight the 2012 murder of the Black teenager at at a gas station in Florida, along with the trial of his killer Michael Dunn.  Dunn shot down Davis while he was in his car because the teen was playing the music too loud…

HBO will air the documentary in the fall after the theatrical release.  Though this tragic incident happened over 3 years ago, president of HBO Documentary Films Sheila Nevins says that it still touches the hearts of her and countless others.

“I am grieved that these continuing stories are everyday matters swept away.  By bringing this powerful film to HBO audiences, we hope to elevate the national conversation around these tragic issues.”

To be honest, we as a country are going to need to elevate more than just a conversation…

Davis’s death was senseless beyond belief.  Thank God that justice was served this time around.  We are grateful that Dunn was not given a pass from the jury and was able to walk free.  But the question is why?  Other than Michael Dunn not being an officer of the law, was he really that much different than Michael Brown’s killer Darren Wilson?  Or Trayvon’s murderer George Zimmerman?

At this day and age, countless Black youth are constantly killed by police officers.  And while the Black community fills with rage, whites don’t seem to make as much of a fuss, willingly accepting of the false idea that these deaths were justified in some way or another.  Have they reached the point of desensitization regarding the deaths of Black children?

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