Renisha McBride’s funeral has already happened. 19 years old. Shot in the head. A killer from an all-White sundown town kept anonymous by the media (named as Ted Wafer by Voices of Detroit and on Democracy Now; he’s not a minor/rape victim; no anonymity is protected by law as far as I know) already has more support than this young woman. I and many Black people have already been targeted by racists on Twitter defending this man. The “neutral” media is invested in his protection, not justice for Renisha. And the criminal justice system itself is doing what it does best, reifying White supremacy.
Seeing this funeral program is difficult. Her death was ruled a homicide, yet no charges have been filed thus far.
My other posts on this topic:
- dream hampton’s film on Renisha McBride [X]
- quote from Jamilah Lemieux on Black vulnerability/humanity [X]
- Unlike Renisha McBride, A White Woman Came To My Door (Not Even For Help) And Lived Another Day
- no, this incident is not “isolated” [X]
- local news story, my first thoughts [X]
And as I place on every post on this because sadly this has to be done, Whites who support her murder, view it as an “isolated incident”, want to derail discussion on domestic murder of Black people by mentioning drones, think we deserve to die, think any Black person at a home is a burglar or anything like this, please stay away. And the linked posts above contain links that address all of these types of derailment.
And NO, I don’t have to “reach out” to Whites in this time. I can grieve the fuck away from you. And I can grieve for someone I don’t personally know because that’s something humans often do, and contrary to popular belief, Black women are also human. And no, wanting space away from racism is NOT “reverse racism” or “just as bad” as racism itself. And remember she “reached out” and was murdered, so spare me. Keep your thoughts on YOUR blog. That’s how personal blogs work. Thank you. (And don’t come here with “not all Whites” derailment either.)
Anyway, as I post anything about this case, it will be under a tag with her name: Renisha McBride.
So much of being Black in America is seeing things that no one else sees, or wants to see. Sometimes, it turns out, there is indeed nothing there. […] And yet, many conspiracy theories are eventually proven true. The late Detroit mayor Coleman Young used to always say: “Just because you’re paranoid, don’t mean ain’t nobody out to get you.” Black people all over the world know that there are people out there who mean them harm and have a vested interest in writing off their claims as craziness, conspiracy theories, fantasy.
Thomas Jefferson did father Sally Hemings’s children; the CIA did help introduce crack cocaine into America’s inner cities; those doctors at Tuskegee Institute weren’t healing those Black men infected with syphilis; white folks in New Orleans, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. were plotting to reclaim neighborhoods from Blacks. The Chicago Police Department and the FBI did execute Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark while they slept.
Stand Your Ground Claims Another Victim: Once Again, A Black Person Is Killed While Looking For Help
Less than two months after Charlotte policeshot and killed an unarmed man who was trying to find help after having a car accident, a woman is dead in Michigan under similar circumstances, shot in the head while reportedly searching for assistance late Friday night.
Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old from Detroit, is presumed to have been asking for help when she knocked on the door of a Dearborn Heights home at 2:30 A.M. on Saturday. McBride’s family says McBride had been in a car accident and her cellphone was dead. Rather than offering shelter to McBride, however, the homeowner came out and shot her in the head with a shotgun. The buckshot entered McBride’s head from the back, according to statements from her aunt, as the girl had already turned to walk or run away from the home. Police reports say the teenager was found dead on the home’s front porch.
While the initial stories around McBride’s death dubbed it a “possible case of self-defense gone wrong,” today police sent a request to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office asking for charges to be filed against the unnamed resident who shot McBride.
"He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door," McBride’s aunt told the Detroit News. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”
Michigan’s self-defense act, which bears a resemblance to Florida’s infamous stand-your-ground law, says that an individual “may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat” as long as that person “honestly and reasonably” believes deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death, great bodily harm, or sexual assault.
White Americans have a criminal history; they have a criminal nation. The nation is built on criminality and murder and exploitation. It is a part of their collectible psyche. The United States is a mafia government. No one has done more damage and degradation and murder, rape, and robbery than Europeans. Therefore, in order to escape confrontation with their true criminal nature they must accuse others of being criminals. What we call projection. They must become obsessed with the criminality of other people. And Black folk become those other people.
"You call the Indians savages, so you can behave toward them savagely." That’s the function of stereotyping. If I call you a criminal, then I can treat you criminally. "I don’t owe you justice. In fact, shooting you in the street is justice. We know you’re already a criminal, why should we bother to take you to trial?"
Allen Wayne Densen Morgan (pictured), reportedly pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday, after being accused of trying to have his black neighbor killed by concocting a murder-for-hire plot with undercover officers, whom he believed were KKK members, according to All Alabama.
Investigators alleged that Morgan devised the twisted plot last August and sought the help of the white supremacy group, the Ku Klux Klan, to carry it through to the bitter end. Morgan reportedly told an acquaintance about his plan and the unnamed person then leaked the plot to the FBI. On August 22, Morgan spoke to an FBI agent thinking he was actually in contact with a KKK member.
Court documents allege that Morgan used racial slurs to describe his neighbor, whom he believed raped his wife at one point. The 29-year-old Munford, Alabama man then reportedly went on to provide, in graphic details, how he wanted his black neighbor killed.
Morgan, who allegedly told the agent he had fired a few shots at his neighbor for intimidation sake, wanted the man to “die a slow painful death.” He mentioned how he wanted his neighbor “hung from a tree like a deer and gutted.”