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First I want to start by praising Jordan Davis’ mother and father for the dignity they’ve displayed throughout this entire ordeal.

The fact they are still standing in the face of an overwhelming tragedy is nothing short of a miracle.

Davis’ mom Lucia McBath made this remark after the Dunn verdict came down:

“It’s sad for Mr. Dunn that he will live the rest of his life in that sense of torment. And I will pray for him.  And I’ve asked my family to pray for him. But, we are so grateful for the charges that have been brought against him.”

It takes a big person to be so graceful and gracious to the person who killed your son.

I’m not sure I could do it.

Jordan Davis is of not even related to me, yet I can relate.

I can relate to once being a 17-year old black kid who more often than not played his music too loud.

I can relate to sometimes being an older person who more often than not plays his music too loud.

The only people who’ve ever told me to turn my music down were my parents.

Some people next to me in traffic may have shot me some dirty looks.  Thank God for me and them they never physically shot me because most people have enough sense to know that that’s what teenagers do.

But this isn’t about me.

This is about us, all of us collectively.

This is about those in our society who have a sense of entitlement that the world should work the way they say it should work; that if you don’t obey my orders I have a right to pull out a gun and kill you.

This is about those in our society who are willfully unaware of the changing demographics of our this country; and that “Leave It To Beaver” no longer exists.

It never really did.

And it’s about those of us who are aware enough and present enough to stand up to blatant racism.

We must be brave enough to fight against obvious racial inequities in our judicial system. And we must be honest enough to examine ourselves and to force our fellow citizens to examine their own racist thoughts and actions.

If we fail in doing that we not only fail the grieving family of Jordan Davis, we fail ourselves, we fail our entire country.​

Don Lemon: It’s Time to Stand Our Ground Against Racial Inequity  was originally published on