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**TRIGGER WARNING: Rape**

Feminist thinkers/writers Brittney Cooper, Regina N. Bradley, Heidi Renée Lewis, David J. Leonard, Khadija, Treva Lindsey, and Mark Anthony Neal pulled this vid together in response to Rick Ross’ lyric about date rape. As Jamilah Lemieux says about it at Ebony.com:

What’s so scary about Ross’ line is that this is something that a good number of men and boys actually do. Maybe a rap lyric won’t inspire an impressionable young dude to go and try to flip a couple keys, but normalizing this sort of rape? I see it. I see it and it scares me.

This is not just another terrible rap lyric to be dismissed. This is an important teachable moment for young men, boys and even some full-grown adults who don’t understand consent. Who don’t understand that yes, even the girl who brought the molly and the Magnums to the party can be a victim if she was not able to decide when and how they were used. THIS IS RAPE CULTURE…

This is what happens when we simply think of rapists as always and only boogeymen who lurk behind the bushes with a knife and a ski-mask. And that’s why someone like Ross would feel comfortable boasting about a rape on a rap song. Not a ‘gray rape,’ mind you. Not a situation where there could be an argument made that perhaps there was some confusion about consent. No, this big horrible man boasted that he gave a chick drugs unbeknownst to her and had sex with her unbeknownst to her. And he liked it! Which is good to know, because you know what matters more than a woman’s safety? A man’s pleasure, duh.

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Nine months after the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a White man has killed another Florida teen under troubling circumstances.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that on Friday night, 17-year-old Jordan Russell Davis and a group of friends were sitting in an SUV in the parking lot of a Jacksonville convenience store when they were approached by another vehicle. Michael David Dunn, who was accompanied by his girlfriend, asked the teens to turn down their music.

According to Lt. Rob Schoonover of the Jacksonville Sherrif’s Office, Davis and Dunn exchanged words. Allegedly, the 45-year-old then drew a gun and fired into the SUV eight or nine times, striking the young boy twice. He then drove off, but a witness inside the store wrote down his license plate number.

The following morning, the couple learned that one of the passengers of the car had died via a news report. They then returned home to Brevard County, where Dunn was arrested later that day and charged with murder and attempted murder.

Jordan Russell Davis was a student at Samuel W. Wolfson High School, a magnet school. He worked at the local Wynn Dixie grocery store. Frankly, I would not care if he was a member of Three Six Mafia who had stopped at the convenience store to re-up on blunts and 40 ounces. If a group of people is sitting in a car listening to loud music, it is not the job of a private citizen to demand that they turn it down. Furthermore, there is nothing justifiable or excusable about Dunn drawing a gun on a group of people whom he had accosted.

Michael David Dunn, likely high off the excitement of his son’s wedding, perhaps a few too many gin and tonics at the reception and certainly the feeling one gets from being White, male and armed, felt it was his place to approach these young people aggressively over the volume of their music.

And this gun wielding person, who allegedly APPROACHED THE CAR without provocation (much like George Zimmerman hunted down Trayvon Martin without provocation), felt threatened by the presence of teenagers in a car with whom he started an argument because HE THOUGHT THEIR MUSIC WAS TOO LOUD.

White privilege is just so, so real.