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]