Black People : Freedom Rider: Renisha McBride and Kym Worthy

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by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

“White people are now able to give themselves immunity from prosecution when they kill black people, and having black district attorneys doesn’t keep it from happening.” The parents of Renisha McBride have put their faith in prosecutor Kym Worthy. But Worthy has not charged the killer, although she has “charged 15 and 16-year olds with offenses that could send them to jail for life.”

The reaction to Ms. McBride’s murder has an all too familiar ring. Grieving families give press conferences. Communities protest but not very effectively. Prominent people and elected officials make statements of lackadaisical outrage, but the true outrage which ought to be present is not.

Michigan’s passage of a stand your ground law says everything about what will transpire in this case.”

Not again. That was the thought for millions of people upon hearing news of the murder of 19-year old Renisha McBride near Detroit, Michigan. Even when one is aware that a black person is killed by white police, vigilantes or security guards every 28 hours, the news of another victim never gets any easier.

McBride, like Jonathan Farrell in Charlotte, North Carolina, is dead because she went to a house asking for help after a car accident. Ms. McBride was shot to death on November 2nd by a white homeowner in Dearborn Heights who said he mistook her for a burglar. The shooter claims to have been in fear of his life but contradicts himself by saying that he fired accidentally. The still unidentified man shot the young woman in the face with a shotgun and killed her instantly.

The calls for arrest and prosecution were immediate, so were protests in the community. Unfortunately, the reaction has been inadequate because no one has spoken the painful truth. Too many white people feel entitled to kill black people and they are enabled in their assumptions by a criminal justice system which rarely punishes them.

The punishment in this case should be meted out by Kym Worthy, prosecutor for Wayne County, Michigan. Like Renisha McBride, Worthy is a black woman. "We believe that Kym Worthy will do the right thing," said the victim’s father. The hope is understandable but this grieving man may have put his faith in the wrong person.

Kym Worthy is a typical prosecutor, which is to say that she is less interested in justice than she is in getting publicity by punishing as many black people as possible. In 2010 she advocated legislation which would have jailed parents who didn’t attend meetings with their children’s teachers. The idea was absurd, hideous and more than likely unlawful, and an attorney like Ms. Worthy would know that. Even worse, Ms. Worthy has charged 15 and 16-year olds with offenses that could send them to jail for life. There is no other country on earth which does that to children.

Too many white people feel entitled to kill black people and they are enabled in their assumptions by a criminal justice system which rarely punishes them.”

Prosecutors are among the biggest criminals in the country. Suborning police perjury, withholding evidence that sends poor innocent black people to jail and doing anything in their power to be “tough on crime” ensures media attention and terms in high office. No one should be trusting of a prosecutor to get to the truth when they are so often rewarded for being untruthful.

The reaction to Ms. McBride’s murder has an all too familiar ring.

Grieving families give press conferences. Communities protest but not very effectively. Prominent people and elected officials make statements of lackadaisical outrage, but the true outrage which ought to be present is not.

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She Knocked On His Door Asking For Help — He Shot Her Dead. You Need To Know Who Renisha McBride Is.
What struck me in this video are the young boys that stand in silence looking solemnly on — their looks say so much more than anything that can be put into words. It's as if they've heard and seen it all before, even in their own young lives.

There needs to be a huge public outcry to the devastating death of Renisha McBride.
 

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Though I don't live in Detroit, I have lived in Michigan my whole life, and know that the name Kym Worthy is not synonymous with justice. It's more in alignment with what's best for Kym Worthy.
 

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