I have been doing quite a bit of reading lately. Some books, some blogs, my Twitter TL. I’m a voracious consumer of almost anything related to economic and social justice for PoC, faith and community and current events. So when I post a blog, it’s a break from the reading action and time to reflect on what I’m learning, and sharing my thoughts with any interested parties.
One continual concern is the centuries-old struggle of PoC and WoC for equal treatment in the justice system and society at large. Not a particularly popular subject in mainstream media and in circles where the illusion of a color-blind, post-racial society persists. Every so often a major news story will break that tragically, sadly reminds me that Black and Brown people are still regarded by far too many people in America as violent suspects, and their lives expendable. Like the case of Renisha McBride, a Black teenage girl who was gunned down by homeowner Theodore Wafer on his porch because he allegedly mistook her for someone trying to break into his house. He has been arrested and charged with second degree murder, but only after public protests from Detroit activists like dream hampton and others pressured police into making an arrest almost two weeks after the fact. Whatever Wafer’s reasoning was for shooting and killing McBride, the facts are that she went to his doorstep seeking help after getting hurt in a car wreck. She was not a suspect. She was a human being hoping to be treated as such by another human being. Was that asking too much on her part?
But Renisha is just the latest tragic, senseless example of the sub-human treatment PoC/WoC in America and the diaspora have had to endure at the hands of the dominant culture. Racism, classism and sexism are enshrined in America’s institutions, and after many years and many a mother’s tears, little has changed. The question going forward is, will this generation and generations to come find the will to finally confront and cast out the oppressive demons of hatred and racism that are part of America’s DNA? Let’s hold on to hope that the answer is an unequivocal “yes.”