Renisha McBride


Racial bias in America: from higher suspension rates in preschool, to disproportionate rates of capital punishment, to everything in between, structures of authority routinely allow anti-Black racial bias to color the “facts”, and warp the narrative. And frequently (whether unintentional or otherwise) the police and the media often work together to further criminalize innocent Black victims

1Criminalizing Blackness in America

2. 14-year-old Tremaine McMillian attacked and choked by police, literally while holding a puppy…because McMillian made them “feel threatened” and gave them “dehumanizing stares

3. Author and CNN contributor keithboykin: how the AP slandered Renisha McBride even in death

4.  The Associated Press: when can skin color alone determine who is and who isn’t a looter? (hint: don’t be Black)

5. Lauren Davidson: Disturbing Study Proves That Cops View Black Children Differently 

This implicit racial bias does not magically stop at innocuous events like the VMAs, or in »Hollywood. So far, it doesn’t ever turn off. There are two Americas and racial bias is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe


Renisha Mcbride was a 19 year old Black Girl from Michigan. On November 2nd, she was involved in a terrible car crash but survived. After the accident, she ran to the nearest house looking for help because her phone had died. She knocked on the front door and was shot in the face with a shotgun by the White Homeowner. After the murder, No Charges have been pressed against the White shooter and it is being called a justified Killing. Several Police officers and the Shooter’s lawyer have said that “He acted Properly” in shooting her. Don’t ever be fooled into believing that Racism is over.

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On the morning of George Zimmerman’s acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murder earlier this year, with the mainstream media raising the specter of riots, blogger Jay Smooth made a prediction: ‘The fundamental danger of an acquittal is not more riots, it is more George Zimmermans.’

There were no riots. There have been more George Zimmermans.


(Image description: 6 tweets from Black_in_Asia ‏@Black_in_Asia

1: “@blackvoices: Teen shot to death on porch had alcohol in her system ” Still illegal to shoot a drunk person regardles

2: “And you just KNOW that white people are gonna jump on this to somehow explain away and JUSTIFY her murder. What the fuck?”

3: “White people in college are literally the MOST messy and wasted but is it somehow ok to go around shooting them for that? Of course not”

4: “But when it’s a black person suddenly it’s a possible excuse. I just can’t even function. What a horrible racist country we live in.”

5: “God bless Amerikkka”

6: “#Justice4Renisha”)


White Violence and Their Fear Placed Above Black Lives

There is no argument that can be made to justify the killing of Renisha McBride as Whites ride under the protection of the obliviousness created by White privilege and a justice system that exists to uphold White supremacy, not fairness and certainly not justice. 

I have been accosted by drunk White men and recently had my privacy invaded at home by a random White woman, which I wrote about here: Unlike Renisha McBride, A White Woman Came To My Door (Not Even For Help) And Lived Another Day. I did not murder any of them. Whites have spit on my life since childhood and I have not taken a life and most certainly not for someone knocking on my door. Yet Whites I’ve seen who seem to cheer her death have the audacity to attempt righteous indignation about her toxicology report released to the media for mass use even as “54 year old homeowner” has replaced this man’s name? Whites are really trying to have righteous indignation regarding alcohol? Do they know what they are like when drunk? Do they know the chaos they cause? Do they know the hell of dealing with them in a corporate workspace, college campus, restaurant or neighborhood when drunk? The entitlement and White privilege plus lack of inhibition? The hell that causes people.

A murder victim is being treated as a criminal. Still no charges filed and she’s already been buried. Yet the smear campaign against her continues and the quasi-anonymity for the killer continues. In a White supremacist society, Black victims are treated like criminals and Black criminals are treated like animals. 

And since a part of White supremacy includes the toddler-like nature that many Whites approach race with, all of your derailment and excuses are covered here so no need to add them to my post: I don’t care if “all” Whites are not like this; no I am not the “real” racist; no, Black people aren’t racist towards you; no, racism isn’t just insults; no, this incident is not isolated; no, this is not about drones or President Obama–mentioned as a way for you to erase what has happened here; no this is not about the White supremacist label “Black on Black” crime that you think Black people are “happy” about, when most crime is intraracial (including “White on White” crime) and Black people who harm Whites pay heavily when Whites who harm Black people do not; and no, this is not about some “generic” issue where “anyone” is capable of doing badly. Race cannot be erased from a history that used our blood as its ink for its story. 

I am tired of even having to write a disclaimer on my posts because your White supremacist petulance includes a lack of critical thinking, lack of boundaries, repetition of easily refuted derailment and a lack of self-control. I am…tired. I cannot even have a conversation on something like this–which is so stressful already–without having to address bigots every step of the way. Fuck you for this. 

Anyway, some important information/links:

All of my posts on this are tagged under her name: Renisha McBride

Black woman shot to death for asking for help in a white neighborhood
November 7, 2013

Last Saturday morning at around 2:30am 19-year-old Renisha McBride got into a car accident in Dearborn Heights, a predominately white Detroit suburb. Because her cell phone battery was dead, she went to nearby home for assistance. That might seem like the reasonable and understandable thing to do, but it was the biggest mistake of McBride’s short life.

The unnamed person who answered the door didn’t offer to help the stranded teen out, instead the Dearborn Heights resident fatally shot McBride in the head.

Weirdly, Dearborn Heights police initially told McBride’s family that her body was found dumped in another area of town, but they’ve since changed their story, saying she was shot in self-defense on the homeowner’s front porch. Naturally, Michigan is a Stand Your Ground state — sound familiar?

As Rania Khalek points out: Even if that’s the case, and there’s reason to believe it’s not, the shooter still failed to call 911 after shooting an unarmed woman in the head, instead leaving her their to die. Does that sound like the behavior of a law-abiding gunowner who made a tragic mistake?

No. No it does not.

Police have asked Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for charges to be filed against the unnamed resident who shot McBride. We’ll see how well that pans out.


Our prayers go out to Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Amadou Diallo, Oscar Grant, John Crawford, Jordan Davis, and the countless others who have lost their lives to racial injustice. May Allah swt bring their families and friends peace and strength. May He protect and bring justice to the various communities who deserve better. 

How Black People Can Avoid Being Murdered

Here I have compiled a handy list of ways us colored can appear less threatening Black people may avoid being murdered or beat or abused by racist cops and/or racist, crazed vigilantes (maybe, if we’re lucky):

1. Don’t wear a hoodie when it rains (Trayvon Martin).
2. Don’t go shopping in Walmart (John Crawford).
3. Don’t cosplay/wear costumes (Darrien Hunt).
4. Don’t sleep on the couch in your home (Aiyana Jones).
5. Don’t run in a public place (Darrin Manning).
6. Don’t play your music loud in your car (Jordan Davis).
7. Don’t play with toy guns (Tamir Rice).
8. Don’t be big and/or “threatening” (Mike Brown, Eric Garner).
9. Don’t reach for your wallet (Amadou Diallo).
10. Don’t ride public transportation (Oscar Grant).
11. Don’t be falsely accused of stealing (Kendrec McDade).
12. Don’t take food to your children (Rumain Brisbon).
13. Don’t live in or visit a rich, nice neighborhood (Robbie Tolan).
14. Don’t knock on a White person’s door (Renisha McBride).
15. Don’t hold your baby while in your home (Tarika Wilson).
16. Don’t go to a bachelor party, even your own (Sean Bell).
17. Don’t protest, even peacefully (everyone Black, ever).
18. Don’t carry a pill bottle (Rumain Brisbon).
19. Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets (Brandon McKean).
20. Don’t pick up your kids, and don’t know your rights (Chris Lollie).
21. Don’t reach for your identification during a traffic stop (Jamal Jones).
22. Don’t be in your own home, doing absolutely no wrong (Kathryn Johnston).
23. Don’t inspect your newly purchased property with your brother (Garrick and Carl Hopkins).
24.Don’t date a White person (Daniele Watts, Chris Wright).
25. Don’t be in a public place (Rekia Boyd).
26. Don’t hang out with your White friends alone (Brandon McClelland).
27. Don’t carry a spatula (Seretha Hall).
28. Don’t hold a candy bar (Andre Burgess).
29. Don’t let yourself get murdered by a cop purposely running you over (Tamon Robinson).
30. Don’t visit your children (Akai Gurley).
31. Don’t attend a protest, even when you’re being abused (Dornella Conner).

This is a short list of things you can do, if you’re Black, to avoid being harassed or murdered or beaten by racist police or vigilantes or White ‘friends’.


Rest In Peace, Renisha McBride

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:

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.



Our Lives Matter. Don’t let them convince you otherwise. I do this for my brothers. my parents. my love. my sisters. I do this for all of you. We shouldn’t have to fear for our lives every time we leave our homes. Just because our skin is enriched with more melanin. We shouldn’t have to be afraid to ask for help because we’re not sure if we’ll be gunned down in the process. We shouldn’t be murdered in cold blood and have our bodies left out in the street for hours while they try to justify killing us. I do this for Emmett Till. That was only 59 years ago. How much has changed? I do this for Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant. I do this for Jordan Davis who was gunned down 5 mins from where I used to live. I do this for Michael Brown. For Ezell Ford and Dante Parker who were both unarmed and gunned down by police SINCE Michael Brown. I do this for Renisha McBride and the countless other women of color who are mistreated and killed all the time. This is real. Don’t let them continue to devalue us. OUR LIVES MATTER. Stand up. Fight Back. Grow. Learn. Listen. Teach. OUR LIVES MATTER.

If you google ‘Eric Garner’ I guarantee you that almost every article by major media outlets will list some or all of the following: Garner’s height, weight, his (alleged) past criminal history, and that the police supposedly thought he was “illegally” selling cigarettes. And all this information will be in the first few paragraphs.

Here’s what most corporate news outlets won’t make so readily available (you may have to dig for it): precisely how many officers ganged up on Garner, their complete police histories, any crimes they may have committed in their personal lives, and not even the names of all the involved officers are listed. And you may or may not have read that Garner clearly said he couldn’t breathe at least six times, and that multiple witnesses said Garner had just arrived on scene and broken up an altercation.

The media is hardly objective and they begin covering for the police and victimizing the victim very early on. These lopsided “facts” and seemingly minor omissions is only the beginning. Wait until it goes to court. Then you won’t believe how much news outlets, the police and defense attorneys will demonize Mr. Garner.

Unless you’re Black. Then this is an all too familiar pattern.


From Emmett Till to Rodney King to The Central Park Five to Oscar Grant to Amadou Diallo to Sean Bell to Trayvon Martin to Renisha McBride to Jonathan Ferrell to Jordan Davis to Eric Garner and so very many others…even though we’re always unarmed, there is never a shortage of disproportionately White juries eager to conclude that the act of merely existing while Black is always sufficient justification for inflicting brutality, imprisonment or murder onto any unfamiliar Black bodies

Seems like it’s always the same old song and dance whenever Black people seek justice from the system made to imprison us: Criminalizing BlacknessWhite people may commit crimes, but Black people are always viewed as criminals.

We demand justice: The racist killing of Renisha McBride
November 18, 2013

A 19-year-old African American woman is dead for the “crime” of asking for help after a car accident in a predominantly white suburb of Detroit.

Renisha McBride was shot in the head with a shotgun in the early morning hours of November 2. She had been in a car crash and–with her cell phone dead and bleeding from a wound on her head–was seeking help from residents.

According to reports, 54-year-old Theodore Wafer shot Renisha through the screen door of his home. Wafer didn’t call police until an hour later–at which point, he claimed to have fired in self-defense. He then changed his story, claiming the shotgun went off by accident–only to change it back again when prosecutors filed murder and manslaughter charges against him.

Contrary to initial reports, Renisha was shot not in the face but the back of the head, as she turned to leave, according to the Detroit Free Press–another contradiction of Wafer’s self-defense claim. Likewise, initial reports said Renisha’s body had been “dumped,” but police later said it was found on the porch.

Renisha’s murder is being compared to the Trayvon Martin case, and for good reason–Wafer is using “Stand Your Ground”-style self-defense laws to try to escape punishment by claiming that he felt threatened by Renisha.

Although her death was ruled a homicide, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy didn’t file charges for 13 days, during which time police and the mainstream media kept the killer’s identity secret. Worthy reportedly refused an initial request for a warrant by Dearborn Heights police, saying more investigation was needed.

Detroiters didn’t take the same do-nothing attitude toward Renisha’s murder.

On November 7, about 50 people gathered outside police department headquarters in Dearborn Heights. Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, spoke for the crowd when he asked: “Had she been a white woman and the shooter a black man, would the shooter be sitting comfortably at home watching TV today?”

Two days later, some 200 people attended a rally, organized by the National Action Network, on the West Side of Detroit. Another protest was held a week later, on December 16, organized by the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality and the International Socialist Organization.

Faced with this mounting pressure, Worthy finally filed charges against Wafer, including second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Now that charges have been filed against Wafer, the media are taking another page out of the Trayvon Martin case and are putting the victim on trial. Mainstream outlets are reporting on toxicology reports showing that the alcohol level in Ranisha’s blood was past the legal limit for intoxication–and unconfirmed tests showing marijuana in her system. As if that justifies her execution by shotgun for seeking help.

Worthy insisted that the decision to charge Wafer had “nothing whatsoever to do with the race of the parties”–but no one who looks at the case can take that seriously. As journalist Rania Khalek wrote at her blog, Renisha was “a Black woman from Detroit, which is 82 percent Black, whereas Dearborn Heights, the area she was shot in, is 86 percent white.”

Anyone who has protest police violence and racism in Detroit is familiar with the double standards applied to Black and white, including by Kym Worthy, who is African American.

Worthy, for example, wasn’t so cautious about filing charges with Charles Jones, the father of Aiyana Jones, the seven-year-old girl murdered by Detroit police in her sleep three years ago. Shortly after Aiyana’s death during a police raid on her home, Charles was charged with providing the gun used in another murder. Although the only “evidence” against him was the testimony of a jailhouse snitch that had been thrown out by a judge, Jones has been held without bail for three years as Worthy continually postponed his trial.

The prosecutor assigned to Jones’ case is the very same one as for his daughter’s killer,which Worthy denies is a conflict of interest. In the case of Aiyana’s killer, the prosecutor’s office somehow managed to select an all-white jury from a predominantly Black area for the cop’s first trial, which ended in a mistrial.

This is only another example of a justice system that treats Black life as less valuable–something made gruesomely clear once every 28 hours–the rate at which African Americans are killed by police, security guards or vigilantes, according to a report by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.

It goes without saying that a Black man who killed a white woman on his porch would be put in jail right away. The news media wouldn’t be printing statements from his neighbors about how he’s a “good man” who “never bothered anybody.” Wafer wouldn’t have been released on 10 percent of a $250,000 bond and described as a “low risk to the community”–and the media wouldn’t be talking about whether he reasonably believed his life was in danger.

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