Here we stand, again. It sometimes seems like a continuous loop on your favorite piece of old vinyl that keeps skipping over and over and over, never seeming to stop or desist in any way. It sometimes seems like that same nightmare that keeps haunting you, even after you’ve had it for years, never truly escaping your psyche or giving you a moment’s rest. And sometimes it just seems as if it’s inescapable, irrepressible part of life that just seems to…be. One of those ideals that you realize in your heart of hearts, just is, but you also know in every inch of your mind, body, spirit and soul, should not be, and honestly has no place in society.
The killing of Renisha McBride in Dearborn Heights, MI two weeks ago is sure to drum up more controversy, more polarization and more ill will, as it has recently come to dominate national news. It’s likely to be compared to rapidly growing number of other killings of young people of African American descent in America, including Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis in Florida. It’s most certainly going to be politicized in the same manner that Martins’, Davis’ and so many other murders of young black people have been. And once the interest of the mainstream news media has waned, the outcries for justice all across social media have died down, we’ll go back to our normal lives, expecting that we’ll go through the same spin cycle again.
But the real question is: Should it be this way? The fact is that no one who will write an article about this issue (including yours truly), nor who will be brought on as an expert guest to any of the plethora of cable news talk shows or hundreds of radio talk shows, morning and primetime T.V. news shows, or any other outlet for that matter, have all of the facts on this case. At least as of right now, we only know what we’ve been presented with, which is about as clear as a puddle of mud.
Still, even though we don’t have all of the facts or information, we know that a young woman, still at the very beginning of her life and with the possibility of so much ahead of her, is dead. Mainly due to the fact that, as it’s been presented at least, a man felt threatened at the sound of a knock at his door. We also know that, as of this week, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Theodore Wafer, the man that took McBride’s life, with 2nd Degree murder. Still, this is the extent of what we do know about his case and the circumstances surrounding it.
But I ask again: Should it be this way? Is it normal for our society to have to deal with this situation again? Have we really become as desensitized to what seems like the continuous, constant murder of a young people of color that we’ll make a slight uproar over the case of Renisha McBride, then let it die down again only to be pulled in just a few months later when another young person in Florida, or Michigan, or California, or New York, or Georgia or any other place appears on our evening news or social media timeline? What are we actually doing about this issue? What onus and responsibility are we taking as a society? What are we doing and what do we need to do to prevent this type of incident from happening again and again? Do we even have the power to do so?
I’m sad to say that I truly don’t know the answers to any of these and other questions that we’ve had to come to grips with for years and years. All I know is that I’m tired of hearing about it, and you should be too. Going back to one of my previous analogies, I think it’s about time we definitely change this piece of vinyl to stop it from skipping.Google+