Jordan Davis’s Father Responds to Racist Rants
They were hard to read, but somehow Ron Davis, the father of slain teen Jordan Davis, got through them.
Last week, letters from Jordan’s accused killer Michael Dunn were made public. A refresher on the case: Dunn encountered Jordan and his friends at a Florida gas station last year and admonished the teens for playing loud music. Dunn claimed one of the boys threatened him and he fired his weapon on the unarmed teens claiming he did so out of fear. More on the fatal evening HERE.
Now for the latest in this heart-wrenching and disturbing case. In a letter addressed to his grandmother, Dunn writes:
“The jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs. This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these (expletive) idiots, when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior.”
“It let me know that in his mind, it’s even worse than I thought,” Davis tells JET in a phone interview. “He definitely profiled the youngsters and had a bias against the youngsters … He sees the world in black and white hues. Some of the letters that he wrote to his family and friends let me know he’s really stuck on whether someone’s Black or White.”
For example, Dunn expressed his disdain for “certain cultures” as well.
“I’m really not prejudiced against race, but I have no use for certain cultures. This gangster-rap, ghetto talking thug ‘culture’ that certain segments of society flock to is intolerable. They espouse violence and disrespect towards women. The black community here in Jacksonville is in an uproar against me — the three other thugs that were in the car are telling stories to cover up their true ‘colors.'”
“That’s very unfortunate he has to look at the world that way. I’m glad I don’t look at the world that way,” explains Davis. “I think committing violence against another race because of the person’s skin color puts you in one of the most evil places you can me.”
As for accusations of his son being a thug, Davis insists Jordan never had a weapon.
“He never even touched a gun,” Davis says. “[Dunn] talks about how 90 percent of the jail is Black thugs and Black people hate us. I’ve never had hate. I always had love growing up in the house, and so did Jordan.
“People can get along and they will continue to get along,” he says. “This is why we have an African American president in office. He wasn’t put in by just Black people, so it shows the nation is not on the same page as [Dunn].”
On Thursday, October 24, a hearing is scheduled, at which time the Davis family will receive a trial date. Dunn is facing first-degree murder charges. In the meantime, the Davis family is planning an event to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Jordan’s death on November 23. The event will take place at the Sea Walk Pavilion at Jacksonville Beach in Florida.
Speakers, including Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham, Police Chief Patrick K. Dooley, and former Florida Senator Anthony “Tony” Hill, are expected to attend. There will also be musical selections as well as a candlelight vigil.
“Some of the victims of violence in the community are going to come out and speak also, telling us about their child and loved on they’ve lost,” says Davis. “What we’re trying to do is make the community whole.
“Jacksonville is getting a bad reputation across the nation and we’re trying to change that reputation as a place that hates Black people and that there’s a divide,” he says. “We’re trying to make a change and get the community together…make it a better place.”
Davis has also reached out to Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin, who was also killed in Florida last year.
“I spoke with Tracy about a week and a half ago. We’re trying to see if we can get them down here, too,” Davis shares. “I tell people it’s one thing to lose your child as they have. The second hurt is when no one is punished for your child’s death when they should have been punished. They’re dealing with two hurts. So I don’t want to push them, but I’d love for them both to be here. If they don’t feel they can make it, I know their hearts are there.”
At the end of the ceremony, the family will release six balloons with Jordan’s name on them.
“For some reason, six just went in my head,” Davis reflects. “On the seventh day, the Lord rested. Six just felt right.”
Learn more about the Jordan Davis Foundation and Walk with Jordan Scholarship Foundation at walkwithjordan.org. JET will continue to follow this case closely.