White man claims fear caused him to kill Black teen for playing rap music

Image source: Peoria Police Department

The murder of Elijah Al-Amin has caused thousands of people to pay attention to what appears to be another racially motivated murder. Over the Fourth of July weekend, the hashtag #JusticeForElijah went viral.

Al-Amin, 17, lost his life after a White man killed him over rap music. The incident occurred on July 4 at a Circle K in Peoria, Arizona. Around 1:42 a.m., Michael Adams, 27, approached Al-Amin and reportedly slit his throat, according to the AZ Central.

After being arrested, Adams told police that he was not provoked or threatened by Al-Amin. Instead, he claimed that he decided to be “proactive rather than reactive” because he believes people who listen to rap music are a threat to him and the community. He also claimed that he suffered from mental health issues.

The case is eerily similar to the murder of Jordan Davis, which took place on Nov. 23, 2012. Davis was killed after Michael Dunn, who is White, shot him for playing rap music. Davis’ mother, U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, shared her thoughts on the case with during a 2015 interview with rolling out.

“You have no idea who those boys were, you have no idea who you were shooting at,” McBath said referring to Dunn. “All you saw were four Black men, young kids, and you label them thugs, gangbangers and a threat to society. We knew that what Michael Dunn did was racially motivated.”

Adams was charged with first-degree premeditated murder and is currently being held on a $1 million bond. His next court appearance is on July 15.








A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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