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!
LOOK AT THIS BABY PLAY!
YALL WASNT READY FOR IT
i wasn’t ready. i wasn’t ready for the amazing. i was not ready.
yes musical black babies yes. he better be getting down on the drum
Seriously, Watch this.
this is so rad idk why yall are focusing on the fact that hes black hes just an awesome baby with some SKILLZ
We’re always extra proud of our own
How Do Court Reporters Keep Straight Faces?
These are from a book called Disorder in the Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.
ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, ‘Where am I, Cathy?’
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.
ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.
ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can’t remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He’s 20, much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting me?
ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid
ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I’m going with male.
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.
oh my god these are great
fuck this is like reading a jokes and not actual quotes