Washington Post Columnist: I’m Black; Please Don’t Shoot Me


Writing in the Washington Post, columnist Eugene Robinson says, “Sometimes, when I'm in my car, I crank up the music pretty loud. All you Michael Dunns out there, please don't shoot me. Please don't shoot my sons, either, or my brothers-in-law, nephews, nephews-in-law or other male relatives. I have quite a few friends and acquaintances who also happen to be black men, and I'd appreciate your not shooting them as well, even if the value you place on their lives is approximately zero. I know I shouldn't have to ask, but nothing else has worked.”

Robinson was referring to Dunn, who was convicted last week in Florida of firing 10 shots at a vehicle occupied by four young black men playing loud music. Robinson writes that Dunn was surprised to learn that victims did not have police records “because they were bad.” Robinson writes, “What he meant by ‘bad,’ evidently, was ‘young, black and male.’ It was this assumption that killed Martin and Davis — and that surely will kill again. We don't just have to change laws. We have to change hearts and minds.”

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