Ta-Nehisi Coates: 'I'm Not Optimistic' About Verdict In Renisha McBride Case
November 18th, 2013, 11:16 AM
Author and public affairs commentator Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic, posts briefly at the magazine's site about his unease over whether jurors will convict the Dearborn Heights man who shot Renisha McBride.
I'm not optimistic about this case. There are no eyewitnesses. The killing happened at the man's home as opposed to out on the street. And the only direct narrative will come from the lips of a killer who has every interest to shape that narrative in a way that justifies his actions.
The prominent 38-year-old writer, who lives in Harlem, has "deep skepticism of the courts as a likely resolution" of accountability for accused homeowner Theodore Wafer.
I believe that we live in a country that justifies killing in response to someone "banging" on your door. I hope I am wrong. It is sickening to believe myself right. It is sickening to see a polite society submit to gun law.