The murder of Renisha McBride by a Detroit area homeowner, one who is careless, and perhaps possessed by a deep sense of "negrophobia", has been ruled a homicide by the local Medical Examiner's Office.
Under the United States' "stand your ground laws"--what are really a license for (white) gun owners to shoot and kill innocent black people at will--the still anonymous man who shot Renisha McBride in the face with a shotgun for the crime of knocking on his door, and seeking help after her car was disabled, may very well be found "innocent" of a "crime".
I wrote an essay last week about how the murder of Renisha McBride is one more example of how black people in America do not have the luxury of being strangers seeking help because we are viewed as existential threats and poisons in the country's body politic. I am glad that voices much more prominent than mine are also chiming in on the Renisha McBride tragedy. One such person is MSNBC's Toure. He is also one of the panelists on The Cycle.
Toure quoted my piece here on We Are Respectable Negroes during his personal commentary segment last Friday. I appreciate the mention; I do wish that none of us had to do our best to speak truth to power (again) about how black Americans are treated as "strangers in a strange land", a group whose lives are imperiled by guns and street vigilantism operating under the cover of legal murder given protection by the euphemistically named "stand your ground laws".
Unfortunately, I know that there will be more occasions where innocent people like Renisha McBride will be killed by those "innocent" people who are just defending their "castles" against the "giant negroes", they who are inexorably threatening to "reasonable" people by virtue of the latter's being alive, breathing, and nearby, and whose soul purpose in life is to stalk and imperil good white folks.