Renisha McBride and the Victimization and Criminalization of Black Women
Often at times the discourse of black folk is reduced to narratives of Black Men; likewise the discourse of women is reduced to a narrative of white women. In both cases, the voice and experiences of Black Women are left muted and silenced.
A combination of racist and sexist historical and social forces render the victimization and criminalization of Black Women invisible.
Acts of criminalization and victimization - structural, institutional, interpersonal – of marginalized groups are consistently denied and dismissed as exceptions instead of products of structural and cultural inequality.
And so seems to be the case in the tragic death of Renisha McBride.
Renisha, a 19 year Black Woman from Detroit, was involved in a car accident and went to a nearby house in a Detroit suburb seeking assistance. She was shot in the face by the white male resident with a 12 gauge shotgun.
Dearborn Heights police claimed the shooter feared Renisha was an intruder and accidentally discharged his weapon. No initial arrests were made and police refused to release the identity of the man who took the young woman’s life.
Her death bore striking resemblance to the death of Trayvon Martin. In both cases White Fear of Blackness excused acts of transgression and violence against Black bodies.
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Are you following the cases of Renisha Mcbride, Marissa Alexander and Cece McDonald? What were your initial and current reactions?