Hopefully, you have been following the trial of Theodore Wafer, a Michigan man, who killed 19 year old Renisha McBride last fall when she came to his door in the early morning hours after a car accident begging for help. He shot and killed her through a locked door, because he claims he felt afraid. Local residents in Detroit, marched and rallied on Renisha’s behalf and ensured her killer was brought to trial. But there has been no national outrage of the sort we saw last year with Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. Wafer’s attorney has attempted to prove that Renisha was “up to no good,” citing alcohol and drug use. It simply remains unclear to me how drinking, smoking, and then needing help, constitute a crime worthy of being shot in the head and left to die on a random man’s porch. Renisha’s life meant something, and she deserved so much better than to be shot down on a cold Michigan morning, because she found herself in need of something we all will need eventually: help.
Between Gaza, Boko Haram, mass deportations, and the indiscriminate killing of Black folks by police, these are scary times in which we are living. We hope you are all taking care of yourselves, being gentle with yourselves and each other, seeking out and giving your energy to the things that matter.
In the immortal words of Tupac, Keep Ya Head Up.
Now, I want to share with you this poem, that I received after I did a recent appearance on HuffPost Live with Marc Lamont Hill to discuss Renisha’s trial.
by Sheree Renée Thomas
“We don’t see black women as women, so they don’t get the traditional protections of femininity…”—Dr. Brittney Cooper, aka Professor Crunk
They say Medusa
was once so beautiful
a goddess envied her
drove her from
her sisters’ side
and stole her grace
Was it her dark skin, the color
of sun-ripened flesh?
Was it her locs
that writhed and swung free
with their own breath?
Banished from her throne
to lie beneath another’s heel
time ravaged her birthright
so that her very name
a fear that echoed
through the ages
What kind of fear
a closed, locked door
and blasts the head off
a lone black woman?
What kind of fear
in the witching hours
What kind of fear
pulls one from sleep
and blinds both eyes
to the humanity
that lives within
What kind of fear
finds it reasonable
and honest to leap
from lending a hand
to triggering the finger
Medusa belongs nowhere
Is there a space where she belongs?
Is there a corner of a dark cave
she is free to cling to?
Where may she find
one of triple moons
the goddess of renewal
She is bereft of her sisters
and we her sisters
mourn her loss
i think the coolest thing would be to see a new color
this is funny
like really, really funny
Angela Bassett attends the ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Panel at San Diego Comic Con 2014
Favourite Movies ~ To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
Vida: “Your approval is not needed”
Noxeema: “Approval neither desired nor required”
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They look like they’re in a heist movie with Rihanna as the tough-as-nails leader/master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker
I be so thankful for the level-headed friends on DeGrassi because I be watching episodes like “YOU FUCKIN THE TEACHER BITCH? GO ‘HEAD THEN!” or “YAAAS! SMOKE SOMTHIN FOR YA NERVE! GET HIGH BITCH TURN UP!” and then they friends be like, “I can’t believe you’re doing these things. I…
No, you’re absolutely right lol. I’m just a mess. And the weed part was like you’re a kid so don’t do drugs right now but honestly….. do we care?
Not unless you’re being annoying with it
I be so thankful for the level-headed friends on DeGrassi because I be watching episodes like “YOU FUCKIN THE TEACHER BITCH? GO ‘HEAD THEN!” or “YAAAS! SMOKE SOMTHIN FOR YA NERVE! GET HIGH BITCH TURN UP!” and then they friends be like, “I can’t believe you’re doing these things. I just care about you and want you to be great and healthy and happy,” and then I’m like … ohhh. I’m actually a terrible person. Let me go read the Bible.
Lmao no! that boy is like 16 and that teacher was manipulative as fuck! the weed thing was a little much though but you know becky
if you think black women wearing their hair natural is unprofessional you are racist.