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.
my heart. so much love to her family.
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.
If you’re a Fan of signing Petitions, you can sign one at http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/Renisha/?akid=662.675511.T8Xw70&rd=1&t=4
Written By @KingKwajo
A photo of police forcing an off-duty firefighter to the ground has gained national attention after it was revealed that the police action was taken after the man waved to the officers.
George Madison Jr., an African American firefighter and youth pastor in Evansville, Indiana was threatened with a taser by police when he committed no crime.
Madison says that he was riding his bike when he saw a police car approaching the same intersection.
Through his work on the local fire department, he is familiar with a number of the police officers in Evansville and he thought he recognized one of the men in the car so he waved.
That is not how the police interpreted it, however, as they claim that they thought he was flicking them off.
The officers stopped Madison, and, according to Madison, they were getting confrontational.
He then took out his phone and went to call the police chief, Billy Bolin, who he is friends with. The officers told him to hang up the phone and get on the ground.
When he hesitated before listening to their order, The Courier Press reports that the officer took out his taser.
'It was literally maybe inches from my face. I immediately threw my hands in the air. What he asked me to do I was more than willing to do,' Madison told the paper.
‘I said “Please don’t hurt me.” The next thing I know I’m laying down the ground and they cuffed me.’
The officers only began to back off after they learned that Madison was a firefighter and youth pastor.
‘Once they found out I was a fireman their attitude changed,’ he said.
Now there is an internal investigation underway within the police department and Madison’s friend Chief Bolin is involved.
‘I know (Madison), I like him. I know the officers involved, I like the officers involved. So, my job is to try to figure out the truth no matter who you like,’ he told local 14 News.
‘Just because somebody says something, we can’t automatically assume it’s the truth. I’m not saying I’m doubting anything that George has said. We have to hear both sides and get to the bottom of it.’
i got pulled over and harassed for looking at a cop while i was walking in the middle of the day
and you wonder why the very presence of police can be triggering….
The voter ID component of the bill is probably the most draconian in the nation. It cuts to seven the forms of permissible identification. If it passes, no county or municipal government or public employee IDs will be valid proof of voter identification. Nor will any photo ID issued by a public assistance agency, or any student ID from any college. The new voter ID rules will hit African-American voters, women, and Democrats hardest. The indispensable Ari Berman sums up the aggregate effect as follows: “According to the state’s own numbers, 316,000 registered voters don’t have state-issued ID; 34 percent are African-American and 55 percent are registered Democrats. Of the 138,000 voters without ID who cast a ballot in the 2012 election, 36 percent were African-American and 59 registered percent Democrats.” And the scourge of voter fraud in North Carolina, at which the proposed law is directed? Between 2000 and 2010 there have been two cases of alleged voter impersonation. In that period three people also ate pop rocks and died. While the General Assembly allocated $1 million in the budget to implement the new voting regime, estimates of the actual cost range from $3 million to $20 million. It is the voters themselves who will soon be paying for the privilege of being denied the vote.
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civil disobedience in TX (part 1) - QPOC speaking out against UNJUST bill in TX House of Reps this morning!
"THIS BILL WILL KILL WOMEN!"
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QUEER IFTAR: SUMMER OF REVELRY
DC Queer & Trans* Muslims of color and POC Allies Join us at our first Queer Iftar on Friday July 19th, 2013. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Me and Privilege Denying Gay Couple are excited to see this happen!
‘Neutrality’ is the favorite voice of power
Producer: Southerners On New Ground
Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Sowjanya Kudva
[ Ngowo Nuemeh / Itai Marshall Jeffries / Ashe Helm-Hernandez / Vanessa / Taryn Jordan / Paulina Helm-Hernandez ]
Queering Immigration #queerimmigration
We at SONG have followed the tide of the national immigration debate as it rose and fell, making its way from the streets of our cities to the farming fields of the rural South; from the small town Immigrant-owned shops to our temples, churches and mosques. We watched it heat up and try to make its way towards a reform solution in line with our people’s demand for an Immigrant justice. This is a justice that acknowledges the reality of daily mass deportations, countless families separated and of over 11 million undocumented people emerging out of the shadows to tell the story of our collective struggle. The reality is hundreds and thousands of our children are graduating from high schools all across this country only to work minimum wage jobs because they are banned from attending colleges and universities.
We face a historic moment where collective struggle has seeded a demand for true justice. We watch as the debate makes its way to Washington, DC, where it is translated into a proposal for $6 Billion dollars to militarize an already militarized border, while simultaneously funding a plan that whittles away at the number of people who qualify for legal residency. This has made us reflect on what lies ahead for the Immigrant Rights movement as we get clear about our wins, our compromises, and what is left to be done.
What is undeniable is that our people have struggled to make this moment come to fruition: from the Dreamers demanding the passage of the Dream Act, to Undocuqueers coming out as all of ourselves to both immigrant and Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans & Queer communities. From mass mobilizations demanding Immigration reform to organizing against the criminalization of undocumented people, people of color and immigrant people—it’s the people that make movements happen.
We offer this video as a love letter to our Immigrant communities, LGBTQ communities, and communities of color about our inter-connected destinies.
On the Fourth of July, SONG knows real independence is inter-dependence. Real independence requires community beyond citizenship. For all those who live between and beyond borders of all kinds, this one is for you.
Nosotrxs en SONG hemos seguido el sube y baja que es la marea del debate nacional en torno de la inmigración, desde las calles de nuestras ciudades hasta los campos de cultivo en el Sur rural; desde las tiendas de dueñxs inmigrantes en nuestros pueblos hasta nuestros templos, iglesias y mezquitas. Observamos mientras se intensifico y se intento de plantear una solución reformista de acuerdo con la demanda popular por justicia inmigratoria. Una justicia que reconoce la realidad de deportaciones diarias y un incontable numero de familias separadas, de mas de 11 millón de personas indocumentadas saliendo fuera de las sombras para declarar la verdad de nuestra lucha colectiva. La realidad de cienes y miles de nuestrxs hijas e hijos graduándose de la Escuela Secundarias por todo el país solo para conseguir un trabajo de salario mínimo porque se les prohíbe asistir la Universidad.
Lo que es innegable es que nuestro pueblo ha luchado por realizar este momento: desde los Dreamers (soñadorxs) exigiendo la aprobación del Dream Act (Ley de Aspiraciones) hasta lxs Undocuqueers (personas indocumentadxs LGBTQ) presentándose en su plenitud a tanto la comunidad Inmigrante como a la comunidad Gay, Lesbiana, Bisexual, Transgénero & Queer. De las enormes movilizaciones exigiendo la Reforma Inmigratoria hasta el organizar en contra de la criminalización de gente indocumentada, gente de color y gente inmigrante – es el pueblo quien crea los movimientos.
Brindamos este video sobre nuestros destinos entrelazados como una carta de amor a nuestras comunidades Inmigrantes, comunidades LGBTQ, y comunidades de color. Este Cuatro de Julio, SONG reconoce que la verdadera independencia es la interdependencia. Independencia genuina requiere comunidad mas allá de la ciudadanía. Para todxs lxs quien viven entre y mas allá de todo tipo de frontera, les dedicamos lo siguiente.
Did you know the U.S. government dropped a bomb on the “back to nature” group MOVE a black compound preaching peace, simplicity, and truth? The group is composed of blacks with dread locks who believe in living simply… 1 cop killed vs. 11 MOVE members (5 being children) killed in 1985 PLUS a 3 week old baby killed previously in 1978 and pregnant mothers being beaten by police into miscarriage. Educate yourself!
Interview with Ramona Africa of MOVE
the cops also shot move members fleeing from the burning buildings
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