Ways the Media and Police Justify the Killing of Unarmed Black People

There is a prevailing notion in this country that when an unarmed black person is shot by the police, there must have been a valid reason. In the spirit of fairness, it doesn't even have to be at the hands of the police. Black victims are routinely put on trial in the media with an unspoken but clear suggestion that… » 8/19/14 5:15pm 8/19/14 5:15pm

What Murdered Black Boys Mean for the Renisha McBride Trial

As Theodore Wafer’s trial in the killing of Renisha McBride begins today, the question of African American humanity rears its ugly head. Looking at the recent slew of racially-charged murder cases, being a black American starts to feel like you're a Game of Thrones character — expendable. » 7/21/14 12:40pm 7/21/14 12:40pm

Trial Date Set for Renisha McBride's Killer

Theodore Wafer, the man who shot Renisha McBride last year, will head to trial on July 21. The proceedings are expected to last approximately three weeks and were originally slated to begin June 2. According to the Detroit Free Press, Wafer was granted a new judge per his request in April because the previous… » 5/02/14 4:40pm 5/02/14 4:40pm

Renisha McBride's Shooter Wants a New Trial Judge, Blames Facebook

Theodore Wafer is requesting a new judge for his impending June trial in connection with the fatal shooting of Renisha McBride last year. Wafer is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possession of a felony firearm after he shot McBride in the face when he found her on his porch in late one night in… » 4/03/14 4:00pm 4/03/14 4:00pm

Judge Sets June Trial Date for Renisha McBride's Killer

Theodore Wafer, charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Renisha McBride last November, will face trial in June. Are you ready? I think this will be like the George Zimmerman Trial II, but I'm hoping for a verdict that doesn't make me want to restage the Los Angeles riots this time. » 1/16/14 10:00am 1/16/14 10:00am

Judge Rules That Renisha McBride's Killer Will Stand Trial

On Wednesday, Theodore Wafer, the man charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Renisha McBride on November 2, went before a judge in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. And as of this morning, that judge has ruled that there's enough evidence for Wafer, who is also charged with manslaughter and possession of a… » 12/19/13 1:10pm 12/19/13 1:10pm

Black Woman Shot to Death for Asking for Help in a White Neighborhood

Last Saturday morning at around 2:30am 19-year-old Renisha McBride got into a car accident in Dearborn Heights, a predominately white Detroit suburb. Because her cell phone battery was dead, she went to nearby home for assistance. That might seem like the reasonable and understandable thing to do, but it was the… » 11/06/13 10:30pm 11/06/13 10:30pm