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Black Twitter Shows Off The #DangerousBlackKids America Should Fear

Jordan Davis would have turned 19 on Sunday.

The black teen was killed in 2012 while sitting in a car with his friends outside a Jacksonville, Florida convenience store, listening to music.

That music was too loud for Michael Dunn. Following an argument over the volume, the 45-year-old man fired his gun into the car full of teenagers, killing Davis. Dunn told his fiancee the teens were playing "thug music."

On the eve of Davis' birthday, a mistrial was declared on the first-degree murder charge. The jury found Dunn guilty of attempted second-degree murder and a count of firing into an occupied car.

While people struggled to make sense of the verdict, Jamie Nesbitt Golden kicked off the #dangerousblackkids hashtag on Twitter, with participants questioning a society where unarmed black kids are often interpreted as threats.

See some of the tweets below:

Officer: we got to keep an eye on these two. they're wearing blue. #dangerousblackkids pic.twitter.com/snpkCfn8aT

— Asmaa Lov (@AsmaaLov) February 16, 2014

Me and my bro stealing goodie bags from your child's birthday party, probably. #DangerousBlackKids pic.twitter.com/Bo1sgJtTVJ

— Ashley Ford (@iSmashFizzle) February 16, 2014

An intimidating young man. He looks a little thuggish with his hat cocked all hip hop style #dangerousblackkids pic.twitter.com/aMihXi69SM

— Jessi Ramsey (@miss_hellion) February 16, 2014

See more tweets here.