Lucia McBath, the mother of slain teen Jordan Davis, is speaking out on her sentiments of being a #BlackLivesMatter mom after having met with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, McBath detailed the private sit down at a Chicago restaurant including other BLM moms: Cleo Pendleton, mother of Hadiya Pendelton, Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown and Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin.
McBath points out that Clinton largely listened to the experiences and perspectives of mothers in the room and racial inequality, criminal justice reform and gun control. McBath’s son Davis was fatally shot by 45-year-old Michael Dun for playing loud music with his friends in a car at a Florida gas station.
Unlike many of the other mothers seated at the table, McBath was served justice in her son’s death. Dunn was sentenced life without parole for first degree murder.
Even after having gone through the criminal justice system to avenge for her son, McBath is remorseful that Davis’ death (and the deaths of countless other Black men, women and children) is almost inevitable given the rampant racial hatred in our country. In the interview, she said:
“No matter how I protected him, in the end it didn’t matter because of the nature of the way he was gunned down — the reasons why he was gunned down, those reasons still remain in this country. This just fueled me because I feel like if we say nothing, if we do nothing, we’re participating in our own form of racial genocide. National genocide, people dying, there are no safe spaces in this country any more… it doesn’t matter what community you live in, it doesn’t matter what church you go to, it doesn’t matter how highly educated you are, gun violence in this country knows no bounds.”
McBath spoke of her disappointment that she and so many other black women had found themselves in the “club” of mothers sitting with Clinton who had been victimized by police brutality and racial violence against children of color.
“I can’t continue to keep looking in the eyes of all the mothers that I meet day after day after day after day and seven years, eight years, no answers on the murders of their children…Our justice system is fractured and we can see it’s not serving the needs of every community.”
It is McBath’s frustration with watching other women grieve their children’s deaths that seems to have fueled her growth into becoming the highly sought after activist she is today in the fight against gun violence. McBath has traveled the nation to meet with other politicians and give speeches against the National Rifle Association as well as Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
McBath has also been one of the leading figures in two documentaries, The Armor of Light, following the subject of gun control in conservative Christian communities and 3 1/2, 10 Bullets, an HBO film reenacting the night Davis was murdered while examining the racial hatred that instigated his killing.
“For far too long these issues were seen as urban problems…this is a national crisis,” McBath said.
“People across the country keep dying so we shall not be silenced…From the moment that we leave this room, this conversation, what happens beyond this conversation, that’s what’s important to us.”
[SOURCE: The Huffington Post]
Photographic Proof Not Much Has Changed In Ferguson Since Michael Brown’s Death
1. 2014: Michael Brown’s lifeless body was left in the streets of Ferguson for more than four hours after he was killed by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9.1 of 14
2. 2015: Tyrone Harris, 18, was shot in Ferguson Sunday night by police for allegedly attacking them with a firearm. He remains in critical condition and is facing four charges of first-degree assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action, and one count of discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle.2 of 14
3. 2014: Unrest in Ferguson plagued the city after police officers clashed with protesters.3 of 14
4. 2015: Police stand to maintain the crowd after shots rang out on the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death.4 of 14
5. 2014: An unarmed protester was approached by police during protests in Ferguson. The image became one of the most memorable of the city’s uprising.5 of 14
6. 2015: A woman stands before police with her hands up in the air.6 of 14
7. 2014: After the shooting of Mike Brown and the death of Eric Garner, unrest continued to rise in Ferguson. After it was determined that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the fatal shooting of the teen, protesters took to the streets.7 of 14
8. 2015: Since the death of Brown, over 100 men, women, and children of color have been killed by police. Worldwide protests have continued advocating for better training for police officers.8 of 14
9. 2014: A woman hit with pepper spray is doused with milk. Ferguson police issued curfews for protesters after incidents of arson and looting occurred during peaceful protests in the city.9 of 14
10. 2015: A year later, protesters say they too were hit with tear gas while protesting in the streets.10 of 14
11. 2014: The National Guard was called into Ferguson to “control” protests.11 of 14
12. 2015: A teen is caught in the crossfire during a shooting that took place in Ferguson on the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death.12 of 14
13. 2014: Army tanks filled the streets of Ferguson after protests turned violent in the city.13 of 14
14. 2015: St. Louis police with army gear arrive in Ferguson Sunday night.14 of 14
‘It Hurt To Be There’: Mother Of Jordan Davis Speaks On Private BLM Meeting With Hillary Clinton was originally published on hellobeautiful.com