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:
- Vigil: In Detroit, Saturday, 11/16/13, 4:00pm
- Demand Justice: Dearborn Heights Police Dept - (313) 277-6770
- Petition: Color of Change - Demand justice for Renisha McBride
- Petition: MoveOn - Treat Wayne Co. Prosecutors Office: Treat Renisha McBride’s death as a crime
- Petition: US Human Rights Network - Petition to bring Renisha McBride’s killer to justice
- Justice For Renisha McBride on Facebook
- Democracy Now: with dream hampton discussing the case
- Voices of Detroit: independent paper with story on the case
All of my posts on this are tagged under her name: Renisha McBride
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"Dear Non-American Black, when you make the choice to come to America, you become black. Stop arguing. Stop saying I’m Jamaican or I’m Ghanaian. America doesn’t care. So what if you weren’t “black” in your country? You’re in America now. We all have our moments of initiation into the Society of Former Negroes…And admit it—you say “I’m not black” only because you know black is at the bottom of America’s race ladder. And you want none of that. Don’t deny now. What if being black had all the privileges of being white? Would you still say “Don’t call me black, I’m from Trinidad”? I didn’t think so."
Ifemelu from Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (via sonofafieldnegro)
She just went IN, and as the child of African immigrants this rings SO true for me. Wow. I need to get this book!!!
I don’t agree with this at all. Its extremely important to keep in touch with your roots and cultivate the culture within yourself. By ignoring where you come from, you’re erasing parts of yourself, which is exactly what the slave trade did to the millions of Africans forcibly taken from their homes. Not to mention, one can be both. I identify myself as a black person of course but also as Jamaican because its important to me that saying “I’m Jamaican” represents more than just the words, that it has meaning behind it and a culture behind it and I want to pass this on to my children, along with their Black american history. My family has done everything to ensure me and my cousins know about Jamaican culture. From forcing us to read books in Patois to carnival to Jamaican history lessons, they did everything they could to make sure that part of us was not erased.
And America doesn’t care? of course it doesn’t! For most of our history, America has done its best to erase our roots and disconnect us from our homes. They did the same with the Native Americans. In the 1800s, anyone who wasn’t white was labeled colored. Consequently, thousands of Native Americans lost their identity after generations of this cultural oppression. It was a cultural genocide. The government literally erased the culture and history of a people and slapped the term American on as a band aid.
Be proud! If you’re family is from Nigeria say so! If your family is from Trinidad or Brazil or Guyana, say so and be proud! Just make sure that its just not a slew of words coming out of your mouth. Connect yourself to these places because it is part of you!(via doomedmuse)
Never say something you’ll end up apologizing for later….