I generally try to keep the titles of my posts short and sweet and to the point. Today the point is not short nor is it sweet, and you reading this will have to deal with it or take a fucking hike because right now I am THIS close to doing something I’m going to regret.
But INSTEAD, I’m writing this post because for the last 24 hours or so since I heard about what how Renisha McBride was shot and killed – MURDERED – in cold blood for no other reason than the color of her skin, I have been at the boiling point.
And people ask me why I’m leaving this country.
The racism here is so personal, the hate is so intensely deep and personal. The bigotry is bone deep and so inherently personal. You can cut it with a knife this particular American brand of White Supremacy, this racism this that makes white people comfortable enough to shoot me down like a dog.
Oh and the killing of Jonathan Ferrell is why you are thinking this current incident sounds so familiar. Another Black person shot and killed because they were asking for help after an auto accident. Welcome to America.
THIS MURDERER WAS NOT CHARGED WITH ANYTHING. HIS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.
When I first read THIS ARTICLE about what happened, I thought it could get no worse. There were scant details, as it was breaking news. A woman hurt in a car accident goes to a house to ask for help, she gets shot in the head and killed. Initially her death gets reported as a body dump – attempt at covering up, by the killer or police or both it wasn’t clear – and we read that the name of the murdering son of a bitch is not released.
RENISHA MCBRIDE WAS 19 YEARS OLD. In case you were wondering.
I thought this story could not get any worse. Log into my Twitter feed this morning and come to find out the head shot was from BEHIND. Renisha was turning away from the door – because her pleas for help had obviously been ignored and that’s when the cowardly killing murderer decided it was fine and dandy to take his shot and put a bullet in Renisha’s brain as she was TURNED AWAY FROM HIM AND LEAVING.
Despite the headline of this article: SELF DEFENSE IS NOT SHOOTING SOMEONE WHEN THEY ARE WALKING AWAY FROM YOU. When you are defending yourself from something, that something is usually coming at you, attacking you, prompting you to find and use a defense against them.
You know, like in SPORTS – football and soccer for example. When the opposing team is comin at ya, you use defense to guard your goal. You are on the offense when you take the ball into their territory and challenge their goal.
Hell, even I know these basic “man rules”: Never shoot someone in the back, and never kick a person when they are down. But see Black people aren’t human beings. We aren’t people. Those rules don’t apply to us. We are beasts to be exterminated whenever you get a chance.
There are laws already been in place for CENTURIES that will protect you and certainly aren’t written for that animal you just killed, so go ahead and pull that trigger.
American Racism History Moment: Those Voor Trekkers in South Africa thought our system of Jim Crow was so amazing and excellent that they copied it and used it as a base for their system of racial separation, hatred and oppression (white supremacy). they called theirs APARTHEID. Did you know that????
But Woo! Threat! I was afeared for my life! I stood my ground! It was late at night and Black people – especially 19 year old hurt Black women pleading for help – are SO SCARY AND DANGEROUS! Of course I gunned it down, that horrible, life-threatening… Black… THING!
You have to understand that ignoring your front door being knocked on, or a 2am doorbell ring is one thing. And getting your shotgun, waiting until that person is turned away and leaving, then opening your door and shooting them in the head is quite another.
Steps were taken. Choices were made. He chose to end that young woman’s life. Just like that nice white woman chose to call the police on Jonathan Ferrell instead of calling the paramedics.
Remember when I said “comfortable shooting Black people down like dogs”? See this is the part of RACISM that so many white people just don’t get. They whine about not having a white TV channel, or white history month, or a white student union, and consistently equate the NAACP with the Ku Klux Klan.
This person felt comfortable shooting this Black person down like a dog – murdering her, killing her – because there is a SYSTEM that is endemic to this country that will protect him from harm.
Look at it at work already. He has yet to be charged with anything. Not even – what’s that term for “accidentally” killing someone – manslaughter? His name is not released. He remains comfortably anonymous, and is chilling at home with his family.
While the McBride family mourns.
I really wish I could say that if I did the exact same thing, I’d get the same treatment. And before you speak remember Marissa Alexander who fired a gun INTO THE AIR to scare off her attacker and was slapped into jail with a 20 year sentence.
When yet another murderer of a promising young Black person walks around free, uncharged. Sound familiar?
SO SHUT THE FUCK UP because while you embarrass yourself with the counter-hashtag #WhiteGirlsRock because a two hour annual program celebrating #BlackGirlsRock is so offensive to you and seems so UNFAIR
WE ARE BEING MURDERED BECAUSE WE ARE BLACK GIRLS.
I made this appeal on twitter yesterday, and I’m making it here now. I’m hiring a hacker. Or I hope they would, like Anonymous donate their skills and their time to the cause.
I want Renisha McBride’s muderer’s name to be released, leaked, doxxed – whatever you call it nowadays.
Posted on websites, tumblrs, FB, tweeted all around the world, painted on subway walls, posted up on a billboard. Along with their address the scene of the CRIME. So we can all get a good look.
So local people can drop by and visit and lookyloo and trample their flower beds. So human rights activists can stand out front and call for justice – because until people do that, shades of Trayvon Martin and the struggle his family had towards getting GZ even arrested or charged.
OMG it is illegal to leak the name—Is it?? I don’t give a fuck. I believe it is also illegal to shoot a human being in the back of the head for no reason. So yeah. Contact me.
Or just go on ahead and get it done. You have the skills. You know what to do. I’m hoping to read about a name and the address in the next 24 hours. It will happen.
How’s this for a blog post title: Who Killed Renisha McBride?
And media, stop calling him “the gunman” or “the shooter”. He is The Murderer. The Killer. The Cowardly Killer of you want a nice catchy phrase for your news segments and articles.
You murder me, you don’t get to sit comfy in your home all anonymous and go on about your life. You. Do. NOT. Get. To. Do. That.
UPDATE: It is now being said that the murderer shot 19 year old Renisha McBride in the FACE instead of what was reported at first, him shooting the back of her head.
I love that this is being bandied about now. If only to bolster up his claim of self defense or stand your ground or whatever else he might wish to cloak himself with to get away with cold blooded murder.
I don’t care if he did shoot that young woman in the face. I hear that he is also claiming the shotgun “went off accidentally”. I asked this question on twitter when I heard this latest
line of bullshit update:
Doesn’t a weapon have to be aimed at the head in order for the bullet to enter the head/face region of the body?
So whether or not the gun “went off accidentally” this man had his weapon pointed at this young woman’s head, with his finger on the trigger AND well within what is considered point blank range.
Again, I talk about choices.
I have lived alone for most of my life. I prefer it that way. But I also know the realities of the world. I don’t open my door to just anyone, if I am able, I take a look at who is at the door, and try to see if they are armed or not.
Usually I have a conversation through the closed door, or from a side or above window or what have you. Especially when you are not expecting visitor and/or it’s after midnight etc.
I can usually verbally deter an unwanted visitor from continuing to hang by my front door, stay on my property etc. I’m not a gun owner, but if I was, I’d be trying the verbal thing first, (and a couple two three other choices) before putting my finger on the trigger and aiming my weapon at that person’s head.
He had a shotgun. She was unarmed and asking for help. He either shot her in the face, or in the back of the head. The autopsy and other forensics will be able to officially determine that. Even if his weapon was discharged “by accident”, he for sure had a bead on her, like she was an armed assassin coming for him.
So either way, this murderer was In The Wrong, and he needs to be charged with something. He needs to spend some time behind bars for taking the life of an innocent, unarmed, fellow civilian who was simply seeking his help.
Also. How are you being threatened when you not only are the only person armed in this situation AND you have your big sturdy house with all its locks and doors AND phones that work should you need to call for help from this deadly threat embodied by an injured woman asking for help?
Also Of Note: The media went from referring to this murderer as “shooter” or “gunman” to “homeowner” and “householder” in a matter of hours. I watched it happen right before my eyes. Inferring that he was protecting his SACRED PROPERTY from a threat and was well withing his rights to gun down that young woman in cold blood.
And at the same time, there was speculation about some “missing hours” that Renisha had allegedly spent between when her accident occurred and when she knocked on that door for help.
Interesting, isn’t it?
I’m beginning to think that white people get this little pamphlet handout with each gun they purchase. In this pamphlet it clearly outlines what stand your ground, no duty to retreat and self defense laws are in extant in the area in which you live. At the end of the pamphlet it highlights that you can, by invoking these laws, kill a nigger and never get charged or spend a day in jail or prison, so happy shootin, hoss!
So how are we doing with RELEASING THE NAME OF THIS COWARDLY LYING MURDER?