As Noel Sheppard points out, 90% of black murders in 2010 were committed by blacks while only 8% were white. Next time a white person is shot by a black will Harris-Perry feign similar outrage?
MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: The police acted the very next day. A man was arrested, charged and is in custody, being held without bond. So this, the alleged shooting of Jordan Russell Davis by Michael David Dunn is not that, the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. But in so many other aspects of this case the parallels are undeniable. Another 17-year-old African-American boy shot and killed. The alleged assailant, an older white man, say he felt threatened. Although the boy he’s accused of shooting was reportedly unarmed. Another claim of self-defense to justify the killing. Another pair of grieving parents losing a child and seeking justice. And again, that since for those of us who know them and love them that this is no country for young black men, which is why this week I am addressing my open letter to whom it may concern. It is me, Melissa. And if you are like me, this latest news has got you concerned, indeed.
Because here we are again. It’s been barely a year since the killing of Trayvon Martin resurrected that old angst, long buried, but always there just below the surface, you know, that feeling. It`s the one that makes us hear about Trayvon, now Jordan Davis, and reach back across decades into our history for the name of another boy named Emmett Till. Then, it was a whistle at a white woman. Now, it’s a hooded sweatshirt or music being played loudly from a car, but always this. One thing has been the same. No presumption of innocence for young black men, no benefit of the doubt, guilt, not determined by what they did or said, but presumed to be inherent in their very being. They need not wield the weapon to pose a threat, because if you are a young black man, you are threat enough. And in yet another case, it seems that perceived threat is justification enough for someone who would play judge, and jury and executioner.