Creshuna Miles

I have a hard time believing a person named Creshuna Miles – who rocks a hairstyle that gives you Wiz Khalifa, the early years – doesn’t know about bias – notably those related to race. That’s not a diss to Creshuna; merely a reminder than if no other group on Earth knows what it’s like to be prejudged based on the superficial, it is Black folks. So, like the parents of Jordan Davis, I initially found it a bit disingenuous for her to dismiss the role race played in the shooting death of Davis at the hands of Michael Dunn, aka the person who keeps euphemisms like “thug music” in his arsenal (along with more dangerous weaponry).

As previously reported, when asked about those who feel race played a key role in Davis’ death, Creshuna argued, “I never once thought about, ‘Oh, this was a black kid, this was a white guy.’ Because that was – that wasn’t the case.” She went on to say those who feel otherwise ought to “knowledge themselves on the law.” God bless her or whatever, but the phrase “knowledge themselves” speaks volumes.

In response to the interview, Jordan Davis’ father, Ron Davis said, “I don’t think she’s being genuine. For her as an African-American female to go into this case, with this type of evidence, with this type of rage, with [Dunn] saying ‘thug music,’ how can you as a juror not think this is about race?”

Davis’ mother, Lucia McBath, added, “I think she didn’t want it to be about race. I think she really hoped that that was not an element of it. But it’s always been an element of what happened in our case.”

Both handled the matter with gracious as humanly possible. Personally, I’m not sure how well I would handle a Black person dismissing the role racism played in my child’s murder. Not to mention describing the killer as a “nice person.”

Still, no matter how frustrating watching any Black person go out of their way to dodge racism even when it appears so aggressively, I do feel sorry for Creshuna Miles. And all of us really.

I could feign rage. I could be venomous. I could go ad hominem. None of that would reach Crushuna, though.

Sadly, she is a victim of conditioning. After I got over my initial anger, I rewatched the interview and drew a different conclusion: Way to go, white people. You’re winning the race to make the persecuted feel guilty for calling out the white hood in plain sight.

We have been conditioned to think that talking about race is problematic even if racism goes upside our heads, kicks us in the back of the leg, or in some cases, shoots one of us in the head. Of course, there are those who refuse to ignore racism – particularly in the media (hello, Melissa Harris-Perry, big sister, brilliant and gorgeous one) – but even then, the majority is quick to counter that with another Black face willing to shout “LA LA LA LA, NO RACISM HERE, IT’S SO YOUR FAULT, NEGROES” for a come up and cash out. I mean, Creshuna was interviewed on CNN, home of Don “Pull Up Your Pants, and Hey, So Many Of Y’all Do Look Alike” Lemon.

So as disheartening as it was to hear Creshuna sound so “post-racial,” we have to recognize that her line of thinking and the manner in which it was presented was white supremacy at work. She’ll get her Negro wake up call in due time, but until then, we have to remind each other that we when it comes to talking about racism, we shouldn’t worry about inconveniencing other people as it us being constantly inconvenienced by it.

Michael Arceneaux is from the land of Beyoncé, but now lives in the city of Master Splinters. Follow him at @youngsinick.

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