'The Daily Show' Hits a Bull's-Eye: Stand Your Ground Laws Are Racist and Wrong

Another black teenager was gunned down in Florida, but the shooter wasn't convicted.
Feb 19, 2014· 1 MIN READ
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is TakePart's News Editor.

Until now, the debate over Stand Your Ground laws has taken a lot of mealymouthed turns around race and Second Amendment rights, but The Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams finally puts it all in an indignant nutshell.

In case you missed it, a verdict came down this week in the murder case of Jordan Davis, 17, who was killed in 2012 after 47-year-old Michael Dunn opened fire on the car Davis and three friends were in. They had argued at a gas station over the teen's loud music.

Dunn opened fire as the teens drove away.

As Jon Stewart asks on the show, "Wait, the car was fleeing, and Dunn still shot at it?"

Yes. Yet Dunn wasn't found guilty of murdering Davis. Instead, he was found guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder for shooting into the SUV.

But the jury deadlocked on a first-degree murder charge for killing the teen after Dunn claimed that under Florida's Stand Your Ground law, he had a right to defend himself because he was afraid of the teens.

Dunn claimed the teens had a weapon, but no gun was found.

Considering it's been just seven months since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of another young black teen, Trayvon Martin, using the Stand Your Ground defense, Williams had some advice to offer black youths.

"Don't go wandering into the street where you might scare a white person," she said, adding, "Don't hang out with your friends anymore.... Four black guys could be taking a calculus test together and to jumpy white people they look like a scene from The Wire."