A Poem for Renisha McBride 

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Renisha McBride

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.

Renisha McBride

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

intoned fear

a fear that echoed

through the ages

Medusa, Renisha

What kind of fear

flings open

a closed, locked door

and blasts the head off

a lone black woman?

What kind of fear

possesses

in the witching hours

before dawn?

What kind of fear

pulls one from sleep

and blinds both eyes

to the humanity

that lives within

all skin?

What kind of fear

finds it reasonable

and honest to leap

from lending a hand

to triggering the finger

that kills?

and still

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

empathy, peace?

Medusa

one of triple moons

the goddess of renewal

and strength

She is bereft of her sisters

and we her sisters

mourn her loss

renisha mcbride    

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black-culture:

"The single biggest difference between financial success and financial failure is how well you manage your money. It’s simple: to master money, you must manage money."

- T. Harv Eker

My students are limited in many resources at home and at school because of the low-economic area they live in. As their teacher and role model, I want to ensure my students are on a path to being successful adults. Many of my students because of their disadvantaged backgrounds have little to no opportunities to learn about financial literacy. They spend their allowance or parents’ earnings on toys or snacks without thinking about the consequences of these small expenditures can add up over time.

It is important to teach students the value of saving money early on to save for important things in the future such as a college education. The possibilities are endless when my students can use a Mac Book Air laptop to access online financial literacy activities. The students will become financial literate as they engage in games and activities that teach them about budgeting, credit/debit, and saving.

I am requesting a Mac Book Air laptop to teach financial literacy in a fun 21st century way to my students. Studies have shown that students who are financially literate become financially responsible young adults regardless of income level. 

http://www.donorschoose.org/project/teaching-financial-literacy-in-a-21st-ce/1258104/?rf=link-siteshare-2014-07-teacher_account-teacher_1562753&challengeid=254136

Thank you so much for your support. The total cost has been cut in half thanks to generous donation. For the next 7 days, EVERY DOLLAR will be matched by donors choose. So if you are donate $5, you are really donating $10. If you donate $25, you are really donating $50! Use code INSPIRE.

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Not unless you’re being annoying with it

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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 

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