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Renisha McBride

Another black life was taken way before her time, and as usual, there are people who will scream at the top of their lungs justifying her death.

Renisha McBride was a 19 year-old black female who was a victim of a car accident late at night. She survived, and went out seeking for help in Dearborn Heights, a suburb in Detroit. She came to one house and moments later was shot to death by the homeowner who is white.

This is strikingly similar to what happened to Jonathan Ferrell, a then-24 year-old Florida A&M football player who himself was a victim of a car accident. He survived the crash, injured, and was seeking for help at night. He came upon a house in the suburbs where the homeowner called the police, not to help the young man but out of shear fear. She thought that someone was trying to break into her home.

Moments later, the responding officer Randall Kerrick shot Ferrell ten times, killing him.

Jonathan Ferrell

Already, there are several stories surrounding Renisha’s case, notably behind the reason for her shooting, what happened during the shooting and the events that occurred thereafter.

The shooter, who has yet to be identified, says that the gun went off accidentally. According to police, the man thought McBride was an intruder. Why he didn’t call 911 remains unanswered.

The family of McBride says that she was shot in the back of the head while Dearborn Heights detective Lt. James Serwatowski says that she was shot in the face. The shooter has yet to be arrested, likely due the fact that Michigan has its own Stand Your Ground law, the same law in Florida were Trayvon Martin was killed.

The murders of both Renisha McBride and Jonathan Ferrell are still unraveling and unsettling to the victims families and the black communities. This points out that respectability politics is a load of boloney. Neither victims had criminal records and neither had any intentions of robbing anyone, especially whites.

Jonathan Ferrell was engaged to be married. He owned a dog and cat. And he was a chemistry major with a 3.7 GPA.

Renisha McBride was a soft-spoken woman who kept to herself and had gotten a job at the Ford Motor Company.

Yet, that is not enough to be respected in society. Nothing is ever enough to earn respect in a white dominated society if you’re not white. Let’s not mince words here.

They were shot because of stereotype threat vigilantism. Both homeowners felt threaten when they saw young blacks outside their doors. They suspected them of trying to commit to break into their homes. However, one called the police. Both the police and the homeowner didn’t see a man in trouble, but a thug nigger causing trouble. The other didn’t see a woman in distress but a loud, angry black bitch causing distress.

Society has placed the lives of young blacks into the category of troublemakers. It doesn’t matter if most of them aren’t. They’re black. That’s all the reason society needs to fear and dislike them. The end, unfortunately for the black youth.

A quote by Malcolm X