I, uh, took a hiatus due to insane travel but now I’m back with news for all. Hooray!
As an aside, every week I think that it will be a slow news week. I mean, it has to be. And then the world is like, SLOW? YEAH RIGHT. I’ll show you slow and the next thing you know it’s Friday and we are all weary from another week of tragedy. There is no making sense of it all, it simply is. Let's get to it:
1. Renisha McBride’s Killer is Found Guilty
Renisha McBride was a 19 year old black woman who was shot in the face last November. Evidence shows that before her death she had been in a car accident and, dazed, wandered around a residential neighborhood in search of help. She wound up at the door of Theodore Wafer who shot the young woman. Wafer was charged with second degree murder and was found guilty of the charge on Thursday afternoon. The shooting came at a time when there happened to be a rash of violence against young African Americans perpetrated by caucasian men whose defense was that they were simply defending themselves and their homes. This was another punch to the gut to an already numb community. But unlike previous incidents, Renisha’s killer was found guilty of her murder.
Dream Hampton, Detroit native and Ebony contributor writes about the death of Renisha McBride and the impact on the black community.
“Even though I lived in Detroit, where I was born, when Renisha was murdered, I didn't hear about her killing until days after the Dearborn Heights police department had deemed it unworthy of investigation. Somehow, as I began to feel rage about her murder, this not knowing about Renisha, became another erasure, unworthy of the very attentive on and offline communities to which I belong.”
2. Iraq, Redux
President Obama has authorized the use of force against militants in northern Iraq. He addressed the nation on Thursday night repeating previous statements that the only involvement the US would have in Iraq would be for humanitarian efforts as ISIS/ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has strengthened and has targeted religious minorities which is the definition of genocide. Assistance by the US comes at the request of the Iraqi government.
The President’s statement
And an explainer on the current situation in Iraq
3. Congressman Steve King Cannot Handle DREAMers
Congressman Steve King is a Conservative from Iowa who has made immigration, specifically the deportation of DREAMers - unauthorized immigrants under the age of 31 who were brought to this country before the age of 16 and are currently in school, graduated from college or served in the military. President Obama has authorized DREAMers to receive deferred action when it comes to deportation and are allowed to stay in the country if they meet the aforementioned requirements. This week a DREAMer approached Steve King during an event in Iowa. The encounter was beyond awkward and disappointing. Here is the clip with a bonus Senator Rand Paul essentially running away because why stick around to talk to real people?
4. Honoring the Life of James Brady
James Brady, a White House Press Secretary who served under President Reagan died on Monday. Brady is known for his efforts against gun violence after being shot in the head during the attempted assassination of President Reagan by John Hinkley, Jr.
5. You Will Not Die from Ebola
I’m no statistician but you have a better chance of getting hit by a car while crossing the street than you do have catching and subsequently dying from Ebola. So stop freaking out. Seriously. If you don't trust me, Dr. Danielle Lee tells us why we shouldn't panic.