Renisha McBride's Killer found GUILTY OF MURDER in Wayne County, Michigan

By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

In case you missed the news:

On Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 8:50 PM, Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org <info@colorofchange.org> wrote:
Renisha McBride's killer — Theodore Wafer — was just convicted of murder.
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Dear Gloria,
Today, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy brought Renisha McBride's murderer — Theodore Wafer — to justice. A Michigan jury convicted Wafer of second-degree murder, manslaughter, and possession of a firearm while committing of a felony.1
The guilty verdict brings relief and hope to those who feared the criminal justice system would fail to hold Renisha's killer accountable — as it has for so many other Black victims of violence. And while a murder conviction could never bring Renisha back, this is an incredibly important step forward and a rare moment of accountability in our fight against racial profiling and violence against Black women.
Thousands of ColorOfChange members raised our voices and demanded that Renisha's killer be held fully accountable for his deadly actions. We sent a clear message to the Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy that we expected her to deliver justice in this case and that's exactly what she did. We applaud Prosecutor Worthy for holding Renisha's killer fully accountable, as prosecutors often fail to deliver justice when the victim is Black and the killer is white.2
Renisha and all of the other young Black women and men that have been murdered because of the color of their skin deserve to be alive today to fulfill their hopes and dreams. And while a murder conviction could never bring any of them back, we can turn our outrage over these tragedies into action. After the verdict Renisha's mother — Monica McBride — said, "her life mattered and we showed that."3 She's right. But our fight to end racial profiling and violence against Black women doesn't just stop with one verdict. We have much more work to do.
After Renisha was shot last year, thousands of ColorOfChange members sprang into action — supporting incredible local organizing efforts, demanding justice, and helping to raise awareness about Renisha's death to ensure that tragic incidents like this don't happen again. As a result of this sustained pressure, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy filed charges against Wafer.4 But even after charges were filed, we did not sit silent; we continued organizing to shine a national spotlight on this tragic case and fight back against irresponsible attempts to smear the victim. Together, we made it clear that failure to hold Wafer accountable for his deadly actions would send a horrifying message to the public that Black women have no worth and they can be killed without consequence.
Thanks and Peace,
—Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Jamar, Lyla and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
August 8th, 2014
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1. "Detroit homeowner found guilty of murder in Renisha McBride case," Los Angeles Times, 08-07-14
2. "The monsterization of Trayvon Martin," The Nation, 07-31-14
3. "Michigan man convicted of murdering Renisha McBride," Washington Post, 08-07-14
4. "Renisha McBride's killer Theodore Wafer charged with 2nd degree murder, other felonies; free on bond," Voice of Detroit, 11-16-13


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