"Does this look like the face of a dangerous black kid to you?"
That's the basic point parents are trying to make all across Twitter on Monday as they share pictures of their children in light of the Michael Dunn verdict.
Late Saturday, the 47-year-old Florida man was convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder for shooting at a car full of teens following a dispute over loud music in 2012. But on the most serious charge of first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, the jury was deadlocked and told the judge they couldn't reach a unanimous decision.
The case has sparked another heated national discussion about race, racial profiling and self-defense laws, especially in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal. The former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer was found not guilty of second-degree murder in July 2013. He said he was forced to kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense.
In both of these cases, the teens were going about life as usual shortly before their deaths. Martin was walking home in the rain after having purchased candy and a soft drink at a local convenience store. Davis and his friends were stopping at a gas station to buy gum and cigarettes while on their way to the mall.
The #dangerousblackkids hashtag shows many more kids like Martin and Davis living their everyday lives. Twitter user @mrskimyadawson sums up the hashtag best: "It is beautiful, heartbreaking, gut wrenching, funny, and VERY VERY IMPORTANT."
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