Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle
America’s injustice graveyard
Special to the Michigan Citizen
My work is not to educate purveyors of white privilege. Go to the Harvard School of Government if you are a person of color with a mind to teach those what you know so they can give you a certificate legitimating your transfer of knowledge to those who will use it against you.
Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Fred Hampton, Mark Clark, Malice Green, Mackenzie Cochran, Renisha McBride and a never-ending list of American victims of racist murderers fill the graveyard of injustice. Yet, you are a sucker for media littering with impunity trying to convince us “it’s not about race.” KMA.
Wait a minute! Why is Renisha McBride’s name in that group? Her killer, Ted Wafer, was convicted. Ahhh, but those who fill the airwaves, print media and Internet like the Associated Press and Detroit columnist Brian Dickerson still stand tall after assassinating Renisha and what her case represented.
White privilege shall never overcome Black reality.
Standing upon an isle of white privilege, both AP and Brian Dickerson attempt to shape reality. AP’s initial tweet focused not on a woman crying out for help, but dehumanized Renisha by depicting her as a drunk. Dickerson took great measures to distinguish McBride’s case from Trayvon Martin by concluding that Renisha’s case was not about race.
There is not a conscious Black person who doesn’t know what Ted Wafer was about. Snow White would not have been whacked on Ted Wafer’s porch.
To her credit, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy knows America and juries. Keep it simple. Just raw facts please. Wafer had options to killing Renisha McBride. Wafer-hate pulled the trigger. Once the shotgun was racked before the jury, it was a wrap. Kym Worthy did her job. Thank you Madam Prosecutor.
Black folk know how to read the Wafers of the world. Racist media bias is a tad tougher to discern as media principalities shift shape realities. Do not let the media force delusion or leadership upon you. Just because you read it or see it on TV does not make it real or true.
Property never trumps life — not in St. Louis — not anywhere.
We must never let haters cause us to lose hope or dislike ourselves and never let haters make you weak in your faith. Keep the faith. Stay on the battlefield.