Early Thursday morning, 19 year old Katelyn Peterson escaped from a car accident only to be shot in the face seeking help, by an unnamed African American 54 year old man. The shooter, whose name is being withheld until officially charged, claims that his shot gun ‘accidentally’ went off. County forensics is working feverishly to establish whether the shot gun blast was the primary cause of death. The Springfield Police department is urging citizens to exercise patience as new details and toxicology reports are expected to come in early next week. Lawyer for the shooter, released a statement today saying “that the home owner felt the shooting was justified because the 54-year-old thought he heard people trying to break into his home, though she added that her client recognizes the “tragedy” of the teen’s death.
The family of the slain teen is meeting with officials in the Prosecutor’s Office. Mr Colin Haines, the maternal uncle believes his niece was racially profiled. “You see a young white girl on your porch and you shoot?” said Haines. “He killed my niece and he needs to pay for it. He needs to be in jail.There was no window broken. My niece didn’t bother anyone. She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”
Did you See how that Story Off?
This story is not real. I crafted it to see something. Those of you may not know but Michigan is a Stand Your Ground stronghold, and the other day Renisha McBride after a car crash was looking for help in an affluent neighborhood. She was greeted with a shotgun blast to the face with authorities have declared surprisingly that it was the cause of death. Jonathan Ferrell a few months prior was a black man shot to death by police after crashing his car and in a state of shock looking for help.
I wanted to talk about this case for quite some time. This smacks of racism to me however in our politically correct times I have found that talking about race and class are the two not to talk about. I always feel like if say anything about race I have to present you the audience tons of facts and stats so I do not appear to be another crazed negro who is proverbially crying wolf and using the cry of racism as an excuse to do nothing.
The reality of the matter though is that we as a Nation are on trial. The Stand your ground law is really an X-ray machine that allows us to peer through the bullshit at social realities. The Trayvon Martin case was a big wake up call for me: laws do not mean as much as how they are policed. All Americans know that: “All men are created equal“. But yet if you look at our history even from the Civil War/Reconstruction forward our actions domestically and internationally do not reflect the supposed ideals our country was founded on.
I wish to God this is just a freak incidence and it’s not about race and I’m wrong. But I have a younger sister who drives. It’s fucked up to think “man if she gets into an accident I hope its not a well to do place, and if it is i hope she dies in the crash rather than get shot to death looking for help.”
anyways I will be talking about this more as the days go on but let me leave you with a clip form this article which I will be referencing in a future post once i get some time:
Renisha McBride and Evolution of Black-Female Stereotype
Why are black women seen as more threatening, more masculine and less in need of help? Because they’re not being seen as women at all
The case of Renisha McBride, the 19-year-old black girl whose car broke down in the early-morning hours of Nov. 2 in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn Heights and was shot in the face by a white homeowner after she knocked on his door asking for help, has all the markings of becoming a divisive racial flash point. Although her death has been ruled a homicide, the shooter has not been charged with anything. Vigils have been held demanding justice, as well as a vibrant Twitter campaign, mostly thanks to the efforts of writer, filmmaker and Detroit native Dream Hampton. In a short film that she posted to YouTube about the events surrounding the case, one of the protesters writes a sign saying, “Don’t shoot, I’m a black woman.”
This is not the only time in recent memory that a black woman in danger was viewed as a threat. Last October during Hurricane Sandy, 39-year-old Glenda Moore of Staten Island had been trying to get her two young sons to safety when quickly rising floodwaters swept them away. Moore ran to one house and then another, asking the residents to call 911. The first told her to go away, reportedly saying, “I don’t know you. I’m not going to help,” and the second turned out their porch lights. Neither called the police as asked.
read more here
- Renisha McBride and Evolution of Black-Female Stereotype (ideas.time.com)
- Outrage in Detroit Over Death of Renisha McBride,19, Shot While Seeking Help (atlantablackstar.com)
- Stand your ground repeal rejected in Florida (thegrio.com)
- 19-Year-Old Renisha McBride Killed Seeking Help After Accident (essence.com)
- Police Scanner Audio Fills in Timeline for Renisha McBride Shooting (nation.time.com)