This happened in Rochester Hills, Michigan. A 14-year old black teenager missed his bus and didn’t have his cell phone, so he knocked on a door to ask for directions to the high school. He got shot at after being accused of trying to rob them. Because thieves always knock on the door to break in to your house. Thankfully, the guy missed.
“I got to the house, and I knocked on the lady’s door. Then she started yelling at me and she was like, ‘Why are you trying to break into my house?’ I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions to Rochester High. And she kept yelling at me. Then the guy came downstairs, and he grabbed the gun, I saw it and started to run. And that’s when I heard the gunshot,” he says.
Thankfully, the man missed. Brennan kept running, hid, then cried…
FOX 2: “Your son almost became a hashtag.”
“Exactly, and that’s exactly how I feel. Like, wow. Because you were trying to get to school,” says his mother, Lisa Wright. “I found out later the only reason [the man] missed is because he forgot to take the safety off.”
All of this was recorded by the couple’s video doorbell security system. The man was arrested and the sheriff says he wants him to face “every charge permissible” for what he did. I’m glad that they responded promptly and arrested the guy and that they’re taking this seriously. But this could very easily have been another statistic, another black kid murdered by a trigger happy racist. Anyone who thinks we’re living in a “post-racial” society or that racism is not still a very serious problem is living in a fantasy world.
Rochester Hills, by the way, is 89% white and 2.5% black. That’s not a coincidence.