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.
I need Sleepy Hollow to get a hot male character with whom I can ship Tom Mison.
Also, what’s so awful with shipping him with the ladies?…
Welcome to fandom, where your lowest expectations are always immediately surpassed :(
What’s worse, the racism or misogyny?
TO EVERYONE WHO THINKS WE ARE LIVING IN A POSTRACIAL WORLD. FUCKING READ THIS. CITED FROM REAL PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH.
To everyone who says they “don’t see color.” Open your fucking eyes and READ.
Microinvalidations are characterized by communications that exclude, negate, or nullify the psychological thoughts, feelings, or experiential reality of a person of color. When Asian Americans (born and raised int he United States) are complimented for speaking good English or are repeatedly asked where they were born, the effect is to negate their U.S. American heritage and to convey that they are perpetual foreigners. When Blacks are told that “I don’t see color” or “We are all human beings,” the effect is to negate their experiences as racial/cultural beings (Helms, 1992).
Here’s the storify of all her tweets on the topic. I suggest everyone go read it.
1. Orlando Jones is my favorite.
2. Re: Wendy Yancey, nifty!
3. WHY FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND RIGHT IS IT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS (I.E. A BAD THING, IN THIS COMMENTERS OPINION) FOR NOT EVERYONE ON TV TO BE WHITE? IRL NOT EVERYONE IS WHITE. OH WAIT, I KNOW THE ANSWER TO THIS, FUCKING RACISM IS WHY. GOD.
4. I admire Orlando Jones’s ability to be amused by this. I’m amazed anyone who faces this sort of thing regularly doesn’t spend all their time in a rage coma. Rage comas are certainly justified, understandable, etc.
If you blame Black American communities for their relative poverty, remember that Black Americans were stolen from a continent, trafficked, and enslaved for nearly 300 years.
Tell me again about how your family ‘started from nothing’ when they immigrated. Didn’t they start from whiteness? Seems like a pretty good start.
The American Dream required dual genocides, but tell me again about fairness and equal opportunity. Tell me about democracy, modeled after the Iroquois Confederacy. Tell me your proud heritage, and I will show you the violence that made it so.
I grew up in a very nice house in Houston, went to private school all my life and I’ve never even been to the ‘hood. Not that there’s anything wrong with the ‘hood, but just to assume that I grew up there because of my color… Even now, getting covers or magazines or getting respect at labels is totally different for us [as women of color]. Even though we’ve sold way more records than some artists and we’re way more successful, they’re treated like more of a priority. I hate to say that, but it’s the truth.