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How Many More Black Boys Have to Die?

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Posted on Oct 4, 2013
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By Sonali Kolhatkar

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McBath understands the importance of activism to overturn laws. Her father was the NAACP chairman for Illinois for 20 years, so she comes from a background of civil rights activism. And, as part of her quest for justice for her son, she has become a spokesperson for the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

McBath’s father attended the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and she followed in his footsteps by participating in this summer’s 50th anniversary commemoration of that event, speaking there for justice for her son. She told me, “Jordan’s father and I have decided that no matter what justice we receive in our trial, the true justice will be in changing the Stand Your Ground Laws so no other families will never ever have to bear this burden.”

Only someone who has lost a child can know what Lucia McBath is experiencing. When I asked her how her family has managed to deal with the tragedy of Davis’ death, she said, “Of course it’s very difficult. I say all the time—it doesn’t get easier; it just gets a little bit more bearable. Every time we are able to share with others who he was as an individual, and what he meant to us, it just becomes a little bit easier. But,” she paused, “there are good days and bad days.”

Most parents of young black boys appreciate the danger their sons face in America today. The question is, when will American society at large appreciate it enough to demand justice? Smith distilled the urgency of repealing Stand Your Ground laws into this simple statement: “We don’t have time to sit around and wait for more young black boys to die before we decide that this law simply is unjust.”

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