WE DEMAND JUSTICE FOR RENISHA MCBRIDE
directed by dream hampton
transcript for this video:
News correspondent with Fox 2: 19 year old Renisha McBride is dead. Police telling us, “she took her last breath on this porch on Outer Dr in Dearborn Heights.
Person 1, not seen: Southeastern Michigan is one of the most segregated in the country, that’s a fact. It has been a fact for decades. It’s a kind of apartheid, where the city of Detroit is 80%+ Black and, um, it’s surrounded by very segregated suburbs. Dearborn Heights is what we call “a sunset town” and it’s basically, you know, towns that historically Black people shouldn’t be caught in after dark. It’s something that, um, was very common in the 50’s and it continues today. (Sighs)
Interviewer, not seen: would you walk around that neighborhood at night?
Person 1, not seen: Um, I should be able to. (Pause) They’re telling the media that this is an accident, if this was an accident, the last time I checked that’s manslaughter, you know. But I, personally, am outraged that a 19 year old girl was shot in the face less than 36 hours ago and no one’s in custody? I find that, um, outrageous.
Group of people at a rally for Renisha: Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride!
Person 2, white man at rally: It doesn’t make any sense why right now, he isn’t locked up in a cell and some sort of charge of murder, manslaughter, whatever. It’s not just. Why is he still at home?
Person 2, Black woman at rally: Renisha could have easily been me. She had a life that was worth us gathering here today
Person 3, Black man at rally: Every life in our community is valuable, whether you’re in Detroit, whether you’re in Dearborn, whether you’re in Easter. In particular for us, Black life. The fact of the matter is, here’s a, here’s a person who was in an accident and she tried to seek help: gets a bullet in her head.
Person 4, Black woman at rally: I’m sick and tired of seeing Black woman murdered, raped, beaten, shot and nobody’s talking about it. I’m sick of the apathy, I’m sick of the apathy in the community, I’m sick of the apathy in the media, and it’s – and enough is enough. Where is this man? Who is he connected to? And why don’t we know who he is?! (in background, the crowd says, “that’s right!”) And why is he not in there?! (pointing to the jail). If I, if my child, 19, if my son was 19 and shot somebody, he would be under that jail! This is wrong. This is wrong and everybody needs to be out here complaining about it. This young woman is dead.
Person 5 in the background: this is wrong, this is always wrong.
Person 1, Black woman at rally: This is nothing new, this is nothing new. Dearborn is a city of restrictive covenants, right? This is a place that said we prefer our own kind to live here, right? They had to take that to the supreme court. This is thorough ground for the new apartheid.
Person 6, Black man at rally: Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy, she needs to step in and charge this man with something. (the crowd agrees and various people say, “that’s right! Call her out! Call her out!”) If it hurts, US Attorney Barbara McQuade, on a federal level, may need to investigate (someone in the background says, “everybody!”) her civil rights being violated according to federal law. We need some justice here. No Justice?! (crowd responds, “No peace”) No Justice?! (crowd responds, “No peace”) No Justice?! (crowd responds, “No peace”)
Group of people at a rally for Renisha: Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride!
The state of MICHIGAN is one of the most segregated and institutionally racist states in the whole country