#DangerousBlackKids

#DangerousBlackKids

Part of a series on Michael Dunn's Murder Trial. [View Related Entries]

Updated Feb 17, 2014 at 03:50PM EST by Brad.

Added Feb 17, 2014 at 12:38PM EST by Molly Horan.

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#DangerousBlackKids is a Twitter hashtag used to protest the mistrial verdict in the trial of Michael Dunn, a Florida resident who was charged with murder after fatally shooting a black teenager named Jordan Davis in November 2012.

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On February 15th, 2014, after nearly two weeks of arguments and deliberation in the trial of Michael Dunn, the jury found him guilty[1] of three charges of attempted murder and one count of shooting into a vehicle, however, they failed to reach a verdict on the charge of first-degree murder in the death of Davis, leading Judge Russell L. Healey to declare a mistrial. On the day after the announcement of the mistrial, many took their reactions to the jury’s verdict on Twitter, including @thewayoftheid[2], who used the hashtag #DangerousBlackKids for the first time to address the mistrial verdict and implications about racial stereotypes surrounding black youths and teenagers.




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Within 24 hours of @thewayoftheid’s tweet, the hashtag #DangerousBlackKids was used on Twitter more than 16,000 times. On February 16th, several websites reported on the hashtag campaign and compiled some of the most popular examples, including The Huffington Post,[4] Buzzfeed,[5] and Complex.[6] Also on February 16th, @TheObamaDiary[7], a Twitter account about Obamacare, tweeted the hashtag with childhood photos of President Obama and the First Lady.
Within a day the hashtag had been used on Twitter over 16,000 times. On February 16th, several websites reported on the hashtag and compiled some of the most popular examples including The Huffington Post,[4] Buzzfeed,[5] and Complex.[6] Also on February 16th, @TheObamaDiary[7], a Twitter account about Obamacare, tweeted the hashtag with childhood photos of President Obama and the first lady.




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