Renisha McBride

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’.



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.

Where and when the fuck can black people feel safe?

Clearly not in public on the streets during the day (Eric Garner, 43 years old)
Not while shopping for their newborn baby (John Crawford III, 22 years old)
Not on their wedding day (Sean Bell, 23 years old)
Not when they’re asking for help (Renisha McBride, 19 years old)
Not when they’re walking home to their family (Trayvon Martin, 17 years old)
Taking out the trash when mom’s watching (Darius Simmons, 13 years old) 
Playing in the park (Tamir Rice, 12 years old)
Not even when knowing their rights (Sandra Bland, 28 years old)
Not even when they’re sleeping at home (Aiyana Jones, 7 years old)
Clearly not at school. (Spring Valley High School, University of Missouri)
Not even in church (Charleston)

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. 


A lot of people are furious with the AP for this Renisha McBride tweet

In a case that highlights yet again the often deadly combination of racial profiling and gun ownership, Renisha McBride’s murderer was convicted Thursday on charges of second-degree murder.

Although McBride’s tragic story is one of precious few examples in which black victims of racial profiling receive the media attention and jury verdicts they deserved, such was not the case in the immediate aftermath of the McBride verdict. In fact, the Associated Press, one of the most respected wire sources worldwide, sent out a particularly galling tweet Thursday, reducing the situation to a “Detroit homeowner” who “fatally shot a drunk woman” on his porch.

Institutional privilege is still a problem for both the media and the public alike.


Theodore Wafer Found Guilty Of Second Degree Murder In Renisha McBride Shooting

The jury returned their verdict against 55-year-old Theodore Wafer after less than two days of deliberations.

In addition to the murder conviction, the jury also convicted Wafer of voluntary manslaughter and a felony firearm charge.

I haven’t written much on this case, because I don’t know what else to offer beyond my deep skepticism of the courts as a likely resolution. It is painful to keep writing this. I believe that we live in a country that justifies killing in response to someone “banging” on your door. I hope I am wrong. It is sickening to believe myself right. It is sickening to see a polite society submit to gun law.

Shortly before 1 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, a young woman, just a year out of high school, crashed the car she was driving along a residential street on Detroit’s west side.

The woman, Renisha Marie McBride, 19, had veered into a parked car. As people emerged from their houses, she appeared disoriented and troubled, some witnesses said, walking off into the darkness before returning for a time, then walking off again. Someone heard her say she wanted to go home.

Several hours later and six blocks away, just outside the Detroit city limits in this mostly white suburb, Ms. McBride, who was black, was dead on the front porch of a stranger’s home, a shotgun blast to her face.

In the days since, the death has stirred long-simmering racial tensions between mostly black Detroit and its whiter suburbs and provoked comparisons to other racially charged cases around the country. Protesters held a vigil outside the house where she died, whose owner has not been publicly identified. The authorities say he thought Ms. McBride, who tests have shown was intoxicated, was trying to break in.

Anguished family members and friends, wearing shirts with messages like “Justice for Nisha,” say they believe that Ms. McBride was merely seeking help at random homes after the crash, and they were troubled that the man who shot her had not been arrested.

And civil rights activists in Detroit have pointedly recalled the cases of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager who was shot last year in a fatal encounter in Florida, and Jonathan Ferrell, a black man who was shot to death by a police officer in Charlotte, N.C., in September when he sought help after a car accident.

The Wayne County prosecutor was expected to announce on Friday whether charges would be brought against the homeowner, but essential details were still lacking to explain how a car accident had led, over a stretch of several hours in the middle of a night, to death on a tiny concrete porch.

Some people here cautioned against presuming that race played a role. Some neighbors of the man, who they said is in his 50s and lives alone in his small house, said the shooting struck them as a tragic accident. Most of all, a long list of questions remained unanswered about events that night, including what actually took place in Ms. McBride’s final moments.

“At the time I didn’t think much of what I was seeing,” said LeDell Hammond, 23, who said he was among a group of neighbors who observed Ms. McBride, seeming dazed, then disappearing, after the car crash along their block of Bramell Street. “But to have this end with that? It’s hard for me to find a way to make it add up.”

I know a lot of us Black folks don’t want to accept the fact that this system isn’t for us. You can try to convince yourself all you want but eventually reality will set in. You’ll realize that the reason they kill us so freely, the reason we don’t own shit, the reason we fill up the jails, the reason we can’t get any form of “Justice”, even the reason we gotta hold up signs saying “Black Life Matters” is because this system doesn’t give a fuck about us. The people in power (White People) don’t give a fuck about us. They don’t care about our marches or our screams to be accepted. They don’t care. It’s up to us to change our situation. If not, we are going to continue to fall victim like we have been for all these years. Innocent Black people are going to keep getting murdered by racist cops and they’re going to keep getting away with it. We can try to believe incidents like Eric Garner are “isolated incidents” but sooner than later the truth will hit you.  Wake up!!! We have the power to change that. Let’s make it happen. “Black people need some peace and we are going to have to fight. We’re going to have to struggle. We’re going to have to struggle relentlessly to bring about some peace, because the people that we’re fighting for peace, they are a bunch of megalomaniac warmongers, and they don’t even understand what peace means. And we’ve got to fight them. We’ve got to struggle with them to make them understand what peace means.” Fred Hampton
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Man who shot unarmed black teen Renisha McBride found guilty of second-degree murder
August 8, 2014

A white suburban Detroit homeowner was found guilty on Thursday of second-degree murder in the shooting of an unarmed black teen on his porch in a case that set off protests and fanned racial tensions.

Theodore Wafer, 55, sat stone-faced, staring straight ahead as the jury delivered its verdict after less than two full days of deliberations. He was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter and firearms charges.

The airport maintenance worker faces up to life in prison for killing Renisha McBride, 19, with a shotgun blast through his locked screen door after he was awakened in the early hours of Nov. 2 by repeated, violent knocking on his door.

McBride, who had been drinking and smoking marijuana, was apparently disoriented when she arrived Wafer’s house seeking help after getting in a car crash, according to testimony.

Although the killing sparked protests in Dearborn Heights and comparisons to the 2012 Florida shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was also unarmed, race played little role in the 11-day trial.

“Her life mattered and we showed that,” Monica McBride, the victim’s mother, told reporters after the verdict, hugging Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney Patrick Muscat.

Wafer said that he had been alarmed by the loud knocking on his front and side doors. He said he “shot in fear” in self-defense through the screen door but was not aiming at anything.

But Muscat told jurors Wafer treated his Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun “like a toy” instead of a deadly weapon.

“He should have called 911,” McBride’s mother said. She has described her middle daughter as a dog lover and “mama’s girl” who would call to check in during breaks from work.

“That could have been anybody’s kid,” said Walter Simmons, Renisha McBride’s father, when asked if race was a factor. “I think he was ready for whoever came to his door.”

Jurors and Wafer’s defense attorney, Cheryl Carpenter, declined to talk to reporters.

Wafer was sent to jail before his Aug. 25 sentencing before Judge Dana Hathaway.

The McBride case initially sparked controversy in the Detroit area, which has long been troubled by racial tensions between the mostly black and impoverished city and the mostly white suburbs.

But unlike the case of Trayvon Martin, charges were filed quickly against Wafer - less than two weeks after McBride’s death. That appeared to calm community concerns.

Experts said Wafer’s claim of self-defense during the trial was hurt by a lack of evidence, such as physical marks from a struggle.

“If the outside door was pulled off its jamb or kicked in, it would have been a completely different case,” said Wayne State University law professor Peter Henning.

Wafer’s testimony, in which he admitted to intentionally pulling the trigger after earlier telling the police that the shooting was an accident, also failed to win him an acquittal.

“If they didn’t believe him, they were going to convict him,” Henning said.