On November 2, 2013, 19-year-old Renisha McBride was murdered. Independent Press has identified McBride’s murderer as Ted Wafer, although other media claims to be committed to protecting his name.
There has, as of yet, been no arrest. The Dearborn Heights Police Department says that they will make a decision on whether or not to prosecute Wafer, in spite of the fact that they have in fact acknowledged that McBride’s murder is a homicide, on Friday, Nov 14, 2013 at 11am.
dream hampton has made this short film about McBride’s murder. If you wish to assist in ensuring that McBride’s killer is arrested, do the following:
Demand Justice for Renisha McBride: Call Dearborn Heights Police NOW 313.277.6770
2. Cece McDonald
McDonald is a trans, black woman who was sentenced to two years in prison after she defended herself with scissors against transphobic, neo-Nazis who hurled homophobic slurs at her. McDonald, like many trans women, was sent to a men’s facility.
Marissa Alexander is an African American mother of three and survivor of domestic violence from Jacksonville, FL. In 2010, she fired a warning shot upwards into a wall to defend herself from a life-threatening beating from her estranged husband. Despite the fact that Marissa caused no injuries and has no previous criminal record, and despite the fact that Florida’s self-defense law includes the right to “Stand Your Ground,” she was subsequently arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced to 20 years in prison. This past September, Marissa Alexander won her appeal, her guilty verdict was overturned, and she secured the right to a new trial.
“As terms like womanism, intersectionality, and women of color enter the mainstream, it is important to remember that they do not exist in a vacuum. They were created by Black women to address the ways in which we feel excluded from mainstream feminism. Kimberle Crenshaw, Patricia Hill Collins, Loretta Ross, Audre Lorde, and bell hooks are more than names to pluck convenient quotes from when it suits you. They are Black feminists, and they are part of a long tradition that can be traced back to Ida B. Wells-Barnett and beyond. So when your idea of feminism in 2013 harkens back to the racist, sexist rhetoric thrown at Wells-Barnett by Susan B. Anthony and Frances Willard, then what kind of movement are you trying to build? If your definition of feminism is rooted in Mammy myths, what can be built with you? Are you fighting for equality for all, or your right to be equal in oppressing Black women?”—Mikki Kendall (karnythia), "For Black Women, Everything is a Feminist Issue" (via so-treu)
"The man in the green suit said a woman is for loving. If you love a woman enough she will unburden herself. That is the sweetest woman there is, a woman who has been loved well enough. This was the truest woman there was and a man could live a happy life. He looked at her directly and spoke to her alone. She looked away.
She wanted to raise her voice loud and say that it was not like that at all, it was that a woman must love herself enough. A woman like that is the sweetest woman there is. She believed this but could not say it. What kept her quiet was that she remained puzzled by one aspect of her belief, the question she could not answer was how a woman got to do that, how she got to love her own knees, and kiss her own elbows, how she got to feel she was all breeze there is and all the mornings there are and all the loving there could be.
And then seek something more which perhaps only another can provide, and love a man simply because she could, and indeed something in him made her heart beat, and yes, her knees weak with the flow of his tender caress. Finding herself, that was it.”
”— the late and amazing Zimbabwean feminist Yvonne Vera, from her book Butterfly Burning (via ourspaceislove)
There is nothing quite like people contacting you to explain away things no one asked them to, or trying to explain jokes, or talking about intentions, or talking about reverse racism etc. No snark, because I find it fascinating. It only happens when a white person does something stupid. You can…
Often, in an immigrant family, it’s a very big departure for a child to say: I want to be an artist, not a doctor, not a lawyer, or an engineer. The father, here, tells his daughter what so many immigrant parents tell their children: Art is not the safest route in life. We didn’t sacrifice all this for you to take up a precarious profession.
He tries to comfort her, at the same time, by insisting that being an immigrant makes her an artist already. And this is a fascinating notion: that re-creating yourself this way, re-creating your entire life is a form of reinvention on par with the greatest works of literature. This brings art into the realm of what ordinary people do to in order to survive. It takes away the notion that art is too lofty for the masses, and puts it in the day-to-day. I’ve never seen anyone connect being an artist and an immigrant so explicitly, and for me it was a revelation.