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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?

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