Lisa Evers

 

17 year old Jordan Davis was shot and killed when a Florida man, Michael Dunn, fired 10 shots into the car where Davis and 3 of his friends were sitting and listening to Hip Hop music. Dunn told them to turn down the "thug music" and later opened fire.

A bizarre jury verdict found Dunn guilty of attempted murder for trying to kill the 3 surviving teens but he was not convicted for murdering Jordan Davis. He is behind bars and will probably spend decades locked down. Jordan's parents and many other people say justice was not done.

The facts are undisputed: Davis was black and so are his 3 friends. Dunn is white and is the one who had the gun. Davis and his friends had no guns or weapons.

Did this so-called "Loud Music Trial" really put Hip Hop on trial?

THE ISSUE WE'RE DEBATING IS WHETHER THE VIOLENT IMAGES AND LYRICS IN SOME HIP HOP CONTRIBUTE TO NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES OF YOUNG BLACK MEN? OR IS IT JUST OPEN SEASON ON BLACK TEENAGERS IN FLORIDA?

We're looking for the following guests:

1) Established and up and coming Hip Hop artists who are tired of being blamed for everything that goes wrong. 2) A vocal and forceful critic of Hip Hop who believes overall it is doing more damage to the image of young black men, especailly among other races and cultures. 3) A legal expert familiar with the case who can explain the verdict and answer legal questions about it. 4) A family member or friend of Jordan Davis who is outraged by what happened. 5) A black male teenager who feels he is pre-judged before people even get to know him.

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