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Feb172014

Black Twitter and Punditocracy Light up Over Jordan Davis Yet RADIO SILENT over Adrian Broadway - I Wonder Why? 

Yep. It's time for one of those inconvenient truth posts y'all hate to read. In light of the furor over the Jordan Davis- Michael Dunn case in Florida, have you heard of Adrian Broadway? If not,  you need to ask why.Man Pursues, Shoots Teenage Girl Dead Over a Silly Teenage Prank

Saturday night, my Twitter feed lit up with a bunch of amateur criminal law experts over the verdict in the Jordan Davis - Michael Dunn shooting case down in Florida. Once again, it looks like  crack District Attorney Angela Corey charged a killer with the wrong section of the Criminal Code and once again, a jury decided not to fix the mess she made. Melba Pearson offered a view of the verdict from a Black prosecutor's perspective [WARNING: Link goes to essence.com]

 

 

Like Melba, I thought about helping all of the amateur criminal law experts in my Twitter timeline by explaining why it is almost always a legal impossibility for a murder that results from a violent altercation between two strangers to qualify under the traditional definition first-degree murder that we all learn in the first semester of CrimLaw. However,  I was pretty certain that all of the amateur criminal law experts in my Twitter timeline weren't really interested in hearing about  mens rea vs strict liability when determining which section of the law applies to a murder. Black Twitter is about the perpetual airing of grievances, not actual institutional change.

In the middle of all that, WAOD reader Shane forwarded me the story of 15 year old Adrian Broadway. She died under similar circumstances to those of Jordan Davis yet, I don't see Rickey Smiley or Roland Martin dedicating  segments to or organizing marches around HER death. Adrian Broadway didn't show up in my timeline. Like Jordan Davis, she was in a car full of teenagers. like Jordan Davis a gun owner unloaded his firearm into a vehicle full of teenagers.

“Apparently Mr. Noble’s teenage son had done a prank on some of the kids that were inside the vehicle on Halloween Night,” Lieutenant Sidney Allen explained. “As a result they were doing a retaliation prank and it ultimately had deadly results.”

After the shooting, the driver attempted to flee the scene to get help.

“It was a joke. We was friends, we was gonna come over there and clean it up,” 16-year-old Kortazha Williams, who was in the car, told KTHV. “It was supposed to be a prank; we were supposed to get up right now, and we were supposed to laugh.” Raw Story

 

There are two reasons why you probably have not heard of Adrian Broadway:

A) She was shot by a Black male who unloaded his gun into a car full of teenagers after he chased them down; and

B) She's a Black girl and in the Black community, she is viewed as less endangered and less valuable than the lives of a similarly-situated Black boy.  She is also held partly responsible for her death because in the Black community there are no perfect Black girl victims. We've got to prove our innocence to get community sympathy or mass mobilization.

Infact many in the community [BLACK community] are split on who is at fault:

Many have commented online, taking a side of the situation. Some have blamed Noble; while others have blamed the parents for allowing their kids to be out so late. KTHV

Classic victim blaming. The person with the gun chasing people down the street firing into a fleeing vehicle is at fault for the bullets buried in Adrian Broadway's head.

And before you get enraged and say I don't care about Black boys, I do, but it isn't lost on me that the value of a Black life  lost depends on the race of the person who took it- there is something ghoulish and immoral about how we treat the slaughter of young Black girls and boys. We want to quarantine the Culture of Death - turn a blind eye to Black boys and girls slaughtered on a daily basis in cities all over the world, yet all of sudden start paying attention when an irresponsible White gun owner kills one Black child. And then we get outraged when non-Black people blow off our outrage and say "Well what about Chicago?"

There is a hashtag over on Twitter called #DangerousBlackKids. Black parents are posting pictures of their adorable Black girls and boys doing ordinary things. It might be the most unintentionally savvy response Black Twitter has ever mustered because we are making a PUBLIC affirmative statement that our children are precious to us, we love them and it grieves us mightily that you view them as a threat --- and then in about 48 hours we'll go back to watching the hyper violent Real Hip Hop Wive of Hollywood and blasting the latest Cash Money artist talking 'bout busting caps. If you're anti Culture of Death, then be anti Culture of Death every day, not just when you get a jury verdict you don't like. It means you value the lives of Black children irrespective of their gender or the race of their murderer. And those values are reflected in what you support, defend, underwrite and applaud. No you can't promote the fiction of the hypermasculine impermeable, invincible Black male and then mourn when some idiot reminds you that Black boys are not bullet proof - I don't care what the radio, television, and movie screen depicts.

Good luck trying to repeal Stand Your Ground Laws in Florida Black Twitter!

Irrespective of whether the LAW requires you to retreat, there is a separate MORAL issue. At some point someone is going to have a national conversation about the responsibilities of gun ownership. Not in the context of confiscating people's guns or shipping them off to jail, but in a conversation about the sacred responsibility you have when you control an instrument of death.

With great power comes responsibility. You should not be happy or excited about killing someone - the decision to fire should be a sober and sad one. Two lives are going to change forever - yours and the person on the other end of the gun. The gun should be your last resort, not your first option.

You have a responsibility not to go and chase down a carload of of teenagers because you are angry and fill it with bullets. You have a responsibility to avoid escalating a potentially violent confrontation. You have a responsibility to refrain from displaying and discharging your firearm at a living creature unless your life or the life of someone else is in danger. And where an avenue for escape  presents itself, you have an obligation to remove yourself from the threat without executing the perceived threat. But most of all, on the receiving end of the bullet you fire will be someone else's child. Someone who who has a family who loves them and will grieve for them and what they could have become.

George Zimmerman would be a convicted murderer in jail today if Angela Corey had offered him a plea deal for manslaughter - he would have plead out gotten either A) no active time and a super long probation or B) some active time and a superlong probation. In both cases, he would have promptly violated the terms of his super long probation and been sent back to jail. That whole not going to jail for probation violations only works in Los Angeles for Lindsey Lohan and Chris Brown.

Willie Nobel, your pride and anger has ended two lives- your own and Adrian Broadway's. Your son has lost a friend and a father - because of some eggs.

Related:

In Search of the perfect Black Girl Victim

 

Reader Comments (14)

At some point someone is going to have a national conversation about the responsibilities of gun ownership. Not in the context of confiscating people's guns or shipping them off to jail, but in a conversation about the sacred responsibility you have when you control an instrument of death.

I wonder if this will happen in our lifetime. I mean, if the death of 20 mostly white, middle-class elementary school children won't shift the culture, what will?

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaphne

I did see this story about the Adrian Broadway. II must say it is sicking to know that there are so many people who are willing to shoot first, shoot to kill even, and worry about the consequences later.

I think that both of these cases will garner attention and at least add to the fire to change the stand your ground law in Florida.

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

As long as the NRA has lobbyists and money drives politics, there will be no productive, rational conversation. And is it me, or does Angela Corey have a problem with inappropriate smiling?

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdonnadara

We are the marches for the Renisha Ford, I can't remember her name that was gunned down by the white man who claimed he was in fear for his life even though he was in the comfort of his own home. the liberal media may touch on it briefly but not one t-shirt was sold and not one interview with parents. They may have given 5 minutes and that is it other than that it is business as usual.

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShaylah

Black people are radio silent anytime a crime involves anybody but a white-against-Black crime. Black men shoot and kill each other all day, every day. And they kill Black women at a high rate as well. We have very high crime in our communities but no one takes such huge, caring actions for the victims - male or female - unless the perpetrator is white. Pretty sad that so many Black people place such little value on Black people. Because in reality, when we make a big hullabaloo about a racial crime, it is NOT because we truly value the black victim, but instead because we value what white people think about us.

The general consensus among Black organization, and generally in most black communities, is that Black-on-Black crime = "who cares". White-on-Black crime = "oh my god how can we fix this". Pathetic. So, no, not shocked that their is no outcry about a Black girl killed by a Black man, just as their is also very little outcry, comparatively, about black males killing each other.

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterA

@Daphne

Sandy Hook was a great opportunity to have a serious discussion on how to address the root causes of gun violence.

Mark Mattioli, whose six-year-old son James perished at Sandy Hook, offered a fresh solution to end these crimes:

"“How do we expect to have any impact on a society and say, ‘We’re going to pass a law. Hey this is inexcusable. We can’t allow any more of this. Let’s pass a law that will change the course of the future’ when we don’t enforce the laws that we have on the books — the most important laws?...

I think there’s much more promise for a solution in identifying, researching and creating solutions along the lines of mental health issues — I think there’s a lot of work that can be done there,” he said. ”I believe the solution may not be as easy to implement as I might hope, but it’s a simple concept. We need civility across our nation.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATxWUydoqxQ

Unfortunately, Mattioli's words were not heeded by diehard anti-gun activists and lawmakers who believe in more gun control, which has failed to reduce mass shootings or gang violence. Worse, these activists and lawmakers viciously demonized anyone who disagreed with their approach.

Hence, a golden opportunity to deal with gun violence was stupidly wasted.

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFred

@ Brad

"Stand Your Ground" won't be repealed partly because it benefits Black people.

Read on:

Approximately one third of Florida “Stand Your Ground” claims in fatal cases have been made by black defendants, and they have used the defense successfully 55 percent of the time, at the same rate as the population at large and at a higher rate than white defendants, according to a Daily Caller analysis of a database maintained by the Tampa Bay Times. Additionally, the majority of victims in Florida “Stand Your Ground” cases have been white.

African Americans used “Stand Your Ground” defenses at nearly twice the rate of their presence in the Florida population, which was listed at 16.6 percent in 2012.

One hundred thirty three people in the state of Florida have used a “Stand Your Ground” defense. Of these claims, 73 were considered “justified” (55 percent), while 39 resulted in criminal convictions and 21 cases are still pending.

Forty four African Americans in the state of Florida have claimed a “Stand Your Ground” defense. Of these claims, 24 were considered “justified” (55 percent), while 11 resulted in convictions and nine cases are still pending.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/16/blacks-benefit-from-florida-stand-your-ground-law-at-disproportionate-rate/

This is something you won't hear from self-serving Black leaders (Al Sharpton, NAACP, Jesse Jackson, etc.). After all, if Black people start defending themselves from criminals, Sharpton and his ilk will be out of a job.

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFred

This is blatantly untrue. There have been segments by Roland, Don Lemon, The TJMS, Rickey Smiley, Joe Madison and Al Sharpton about Adrian's murder. I can't believe you find it necessary to stomp on Jordan's grave in some sick need to hoist up Adrian out of hers. That's disgraceful. Two beautiful teens are dead at the hands of grown men that both will be in prison as they should be. End of story.

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

Great post and sound points made!

February 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterfocusedpurpose.blogspot.com

I am so tired about that "one day we will have a talk" mantra. America has already spoken over and over... the sentiment is fastly becoming cliche. If we truly want our community to survive it is going to take Black Women to began a dialogue with each other. I do not mean all Black women, but a large enough number in each community and state to say we gotta try something new. Most of us have had real Black Men in our lives as fathers, brothers, friends and sons - so let's not lump them all together, and I won't. But when we look around we see the codification of the Black Males. Many of them are walking around with dirt in their eyes and have traded tentative and temporary financial success for manhood. They lash out at the community, themselves and Black women.... because that is the only thing that they think that they may even have some chance of having control over - and even that is not working out for them. White America holds power financially in this country and some of them are willing to put some Black males on pedestals - as long as they become very small...and they do voluntarily... and when and if they ever try to become men, they are cut off at the balls and laughed at. It is sad. There are Black females like that too. But for the most part we have not abdicated our souls for acceptance; and most of us would rather be empowered... and from here is where we can begin.

All women are socialized to believe that they are not women unless they have and hold onto a man... too many times that is any man... and we all know how detrimental that can be. We need real Black Women to have radio shows that deal with issues concerning Us. I did not listen to radio really until Trayvon Martin's murder because that was the only place I felt I was getting substantive information. That is where I first listened to Micheal Baisden, who I found to be a mysogynistic Black woman hater and after the trial I never listened to him again. I started listening to TJMS, and still do sometimes; but have found TJ to be a bought negro (codified to the nth degree), who worries more about Black Folk giving their money and partying with people who hate them and smile about it; than any empowerment. Steve Harvey seemed to be okay for awhile, but he has gone mute, because you know he got a show now and he just wanna be a good negro to the masses... then on the other hand would a Black woman be the answer? There is Wendy Williams and that clown is a disgrace who regularly talk about the ugliness of Black Women, while you know all White Women are "beautiful".

So maybe the answer is as stated Black Women are going to have to get together and come up wth some viable answers and then get together and implement them. We have power and strength - that is why we are hated. So, maybe instead of wasting energy and time on talking about what is done to us...let's begin to do for us.
And the first person who says how, why or we cannot - we ask to just walk away.... too many movements have been destroyed because we let persons dealing with their own biased, racist, inept issues infiltrate us and stop us from moving.

We don't need to march for R Ford. We need to start making strides to make sure there is not another R Ford. Let her death not be in vain. How about we as Women stop coddling our sons and grown ass Black males (called loving them), and we start Loving our Daughters. How about we make sure that we counteract all the stupid things that society tells her she is and we show her who she is? How can we tell her to make choices so that her life can be lived to it's fullest, when we sit around and wait for some savior....bringing up pitiful males...and letting ourselves be marginalized... to fit some lie about being a woman, being feminine.... when no one else can or tries to fit in that box.

Why don't Black women build safe places and havens for our girls and women - that same way we work 2 and 3 jobs to build churches, whose doors are closed from sunday to sunday and who have done nothing to help the community; and when they do, the funds are misappropriated to fund misguided attempts at making males into men.

Somewhere we got lost as a people. Somebody sent out a memo saying that we should strive to be loved and accepted, instead of empowered.... and we been turning in circles ever since. We have 2 generations of lost people and they are being picked off at will. People died so that we could live and we fucked that up. They left out crumbs for us to follow and we kicked them aside and parroted such insidious and heinous notions as post racism, and people of color ( with all it's false equality bullshit), and our kids go to school and are literally walking around in death camps....if they live through it, they have been indoctrinated to the point that they might as welll walk around with loaded guns to their own heads.

Why don't Black Women stop giving money to organizations like the NAACP? And use that money toward more substantive endeavors to help ourselves instead of an organization who would rather demonize and destroy the life of a Black Woman , based upon lies and ineuendo, (something they have never done to Black Males).... an organization that would rather fight for a group boasting 250,000 members, to go to a place, give their money and still be disrespected- a damn party... instead of saying you have 250,000 dues paying members.... you can buy and build and build infrastructure!

How about stop being associated with White Umbrella groups who use you for numbers and voice and never return the favor when it comes to our issues ? How about raising your voice for your own issues and concerns....... so-called Black Women who call themselves Feminist... in all their oxymoronic fantasies.... or even the STUPID so-call Black LGBT organizations that took marching orders from the White LGBT groups on what to fight for.... mind you, none of it for themselves until they helped them get what they wanted.... and took their own community back 75 years in civil rights....

And please can you stop arguing with Black Women and Females whose outlook is not the same as yours.... or just plain idiotic! No one wins and precious time is wasted. Look, I was just doing an internet search. Black women and empowerment. Some sites popped up, including this one... and I started to read and see what was being talked about, if any viable solutions was being discussed and was anybody doing anything? My first perusals we mere skimming articles and posts and general overviews of the comment sections because that is where you get a gist of the kinds of people who play their and real views going on.... I was excited, that first day, even joined one group. A couple weeks later I had some more time, and I walked right into a fight between a few of the other bwe groups and you, ( and I still am not quite sure I understand all that is going on, and really kinda don't care... but I did feel that what I read here was the best way to deal with and handle the situation --- not blow it up, and move on). And then last weekend I spent my sunday doing a more indepth reading at all of the sites; and found one smart site, the one I had joined, but upon further inspection found that the blogger has stupid tendencies. She wrote about what had happened, even explained some of the derogatory terms they use towards Black people and the Black community and those they don't agree with. And not that all they say are wrong....in fact some of their stances are refreshing that they want to take up the helm fighting against such, like Feminism for example. But I found mostly just reactionary propaganda against Black Males who really don't matter anyway (hateful, powerless, violent black males) where they do the exact same thing that the Black males do, just in reverse... and like the Black males they look stupid and ignorant; and they convene on their sites with White males and females , who are much smarter that they; as they passify and second their own destruction. One site is just a thinly veiled hate site.... I left after I read one exchange between these women and someone who portended to be hispanic (people of color ya kno'), and they may have been, but my gut from first read of first "sentence" was that it was a white person; (that is how it read.... so-called people of color are given mainstream status for showing animous against Black people - the stupid ones who fought to get them here and still fight their battles with no return... Whomever it was they reeled them in a little bit at a time... it started with them getting these all knowing smart Black females to admit, Black men are ignorant and violent and Black females are stupid for being with them, to by their third or fourth posting, to admit that the Black Community was shit, so, "...fuck the Black Community". Talk about educated, global, runaway slaves from "Blackistan." But I digress.

I almost went to the smarter site, the one I had joined, and posted; but then again why?

Yes, they are a bit misguided, they are not a movement, they are not our educated class, which is overwhelminly the 35's and older Black Women, they seem to suffer from a void of self-love, you cannot be global behind a computer desk, and if Pleasantville really existed you would not have to find recruits. But, it would be wrong to go in and naysay their thing. That is the problem with alot of great ideas.... someone without vision, or someone who is fearful, or yes someone with hatred tries to derail it.... I won't do that.

If you want to fight for Ms. Ford. Then Yes, let's begin.... and not a movement, but An Evolution. Aren't we worth it?

February 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterydenise

There was plenty of coverage of this case, as previous commenters have pointed out. Also, there is a major difference between the two cases, and it's not the sex of the victim. Adrian's killer is without a doubt going to be convicted of her murder, and no one is trying to justify his actions. Why are you going out of your way to misrepresent the attitudes of Black people toward the deaths of their children and youth?

February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMalik

The Black Twitter Punditocracy (BlogMother you should get that trademarked) never fails to remind me of the Biblical story of Jericho: 'Let's pack up our resource-less army and camp outside a fortified, damn near impenetrable stronghold!", without first figuring out a Plan-B in case the walls don't fall from the unified screaming.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOpal

I firmly believe that one reason cases like those of Adrian Broadway of Arkansas and Renisha McBride of Michigan don't get much attention is this myopic focus on the victimization of black boys and men at the expense of black girl and women victims. There is a mindset among many that black MALES represent the entire race. A man even said to my face one day that the most effective way to eliminate the black race is to kill off the men. The last time I checked, any race is made up of both men and women, so that mindset makes absolutely no sense. I found his statement offensively stupid, and I said so. I'm convinced that the same mentality has been the motivation behind actions of the NAACP and other well-established black organizations. That priority given to black males even leads too many among us to protect black men who are predators like R. Kelly or murderers like OJ Simpson. All of R. Kelly's victims were black girls, and even though OJ's victims were white, he victimized his two youngest kids by depriving them of their mother. They are also black. Even before he married Nicole Brown Simpson, and while he was married to his first wife who is black, he disrespected that wife by flirting with other women and telling them that wife was his sister. His first wife's sister said she would observe him doing this.
I totally agree with you, Gina, that we need to protect all of our children and hold those who would harm them accountable, regardless of race. If R. Kelly had been white, people would have loudly expressed outrage at his actions and his acquittal, regardless of celebrity status. The same goes for Mr. Noble. Our failure as a race to be consistent in our public outrage at the victimization of black males and black females, as well as our perceived leniency toward black offenders, all too often keeps us from being taken seriously.

You are so right when you state that enormous responsibilities go hand-in-hand with the right to own a gun, which is an instrument of death. It sickens me to read about the way the defenders of George Zimmerman, Michael Jordan, and others rant about their gun rights, but never want to address the responsibility to take non-confrontational measures whenever possible in order to avoid the use of firearms as much as possible. Mr. Noble had every right to be angry at the stupid actions of those teens, but he let his anger induce him to needlessly take a life. The kids should have been held responsible for their prank, but killing a young teen, boy or girl, was not the answer. Even if Noble goes free, he will have to live with the enormity of his crime until he dies.

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

You're right, Gina. I had not heard anything about this case until I read your post. I'm at a loss for words because a cogent response would involve some dissection of how the NRA (at the expense of our blood) uses violence in the black community to help support its Second Amendment propaganda and how we in turn are not doing enough to address the misuse of guns in the black community. Also, we too often give men a free pass when it comes to violence against black women. Some of us have bought into the myths of the strong black woman so much that many of us don't believe black women deserve protection. The dominant culture as well as some of our own media have served to reshape black female identity as masculine and yet left us without the socioeconomic power that comes with white masculinity.

April 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNordette

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