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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  1. geenababe

    I agree with this article and like I said before this post racial/color blindness will hurt black people because we will be giving 100 percent (all of us) while other groups give maybe 80 at the most. Sadly I feel a lot of younger blacks (not all) are starting to ignore racism and inherited some of the vocabulary that racist use. I have seen black people say “race card”. I have seen black people write long paragraph about how black people are doing “reverse racism”. I have seen so many times black people actually say black people are more racist than whites. It’s sad to say the least. These people will be quickly befriend any white person and see nothing wrong when they post something racist on their social media page. Just think about some of the articles on here about racist posting racist things on their pages, how many of them do you think had a black friend on their friend’s list?

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  2. waddell parks

    As frustrating as is was to watch and hear Creshuna Miles, juror #8 state that race was not a factor I could not blame her for her naivete. To me it just demonstrated how we as people have failed to educate our young people about our struggle and how this generation finds shame it acknowledging it. The bigger issue is the great knowledge gap between Black youth and their history. Just look at House Wives of Atlanta, one of the shows stars thought the Underground Railroad was a real train, Nicki Minaj’s miss use of Malcolm X’s iconic photo. We give too much coverage to Beyonce and Jay Z for doing nothing and not enough to to the real heroes of our community, who died fighting for the rights that we still have to fight for today. So, don’t blame Creshuna Miles for her ignorance. My heart goes out to Davis family.

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    • Courtney H.

      @ Waddell:

      I agree. I was at another blog this weekend, and several commenters were saying that we shouldn’t attack Crashuna Miles, but the prosecution who f*cked up this case, as well as the Trayvon Martin case. It is Whites who are the ones in charge of the “just his” system, not Blacks. We should be attacking racism and white supremacy, not fellow Blacks.

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  3. going by what the written instructions were to her as a juror is what she did. I dont know if she was the only black juror, but what if she is and she was vocal juror that expressed this was all about race even though the prosecutors did not.

    she could have actually did more harm than any good. she could have caused a complete mistrial. she was asked to do a job as a fair and impartial juror she did her job.

    If you have a problem with race not being brought up bring it up with the state prosecutors no her

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  4. TheTruth

    It’s well-documented that most Blacks hate each other. That’s why the number one killer of Blacks, above high blood pressure and HIV, is other Blacks.

    Strangely enough, you don’t hear Black people lament about that fact nearly as much as they do when someone else of a different race pulls the trigger.

    I’m not saying racism doesn’t exist, but tacking it on to every interracial crime is bad form. When Blacks kill Whites or punch them out randomly (knock-out game anyone?) the Black community is conveniently silent, while Whites focus on the actual crime first. The knock-out game is clearly racially charged yet I have not once heard race brought up as an issue regarding the crimes committed on behalf of the victims. No doubt, the subject of race was avoided as not to upset the “community” from which the criminals were sprouted which is downright laughable.

    Every race on this planet has something about it that annoys me personally, which is why I just despise humans overall. But, since Blacks are in the spotlight yet again, I’ll have to say that the overt whining about racism is ridiculous and not getting you anywhere. Enough already.

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    • Jenosaykwa

      “The Truth”, that’s a funny name for you condsidering what you’re saying.It’s also well documented by statistics that black on black crime is no more prevalent than white on white crime. It’s because blacks are more likely to live by other black people and whites are more likely to live by other whites therefore, when they commit a crime the victim is most likely going to be of their own race.

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    • geenababe

      Please get out of here with this bull. I never read so crap in my life.

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    • Amber

      Hello Troll…. I mean Truth. Not only is it just false that most black people hate eachother…look around you. This is a place of love. We may disagree on things but this site and millions of others are examples of our love for eachother and desire to support eachother. In fact, the “knockout game” you mentioned I actually first read about on this site….and we even talked about the dimensions of race involved! As did all of the other news coverage that I saw about it.

      I get that lots of people, black and white, have trouble grappling with the very real influence of racism in their everyday lives. In this case I do take offense because an innocent boy is dead. If everyone in this thread was murdered the first time they played loud music and mouthed off to an adult as a teenager no one would be alive to even talk about this issue.

      This was a crime against all Americans because it was a denial of simple, straight forward, justice.

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    • Rossi Love

      With a name like Truth, you should research before you speak. There is no such thing as a knock out game. That was a media spin that has been apologised for. You need to understand terms. There is only one race on this planet. Human. You should comment that every time the victim is killed by a white person, don’t forget the police, it is never about race. The black society doesn’t have to say much when a member of the dominant society is killed by a black, because they are quickly apprehended and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. You will find this is not the case when the roles are reverse. I find it quite entertaining when members of the dominant society make there little slick comments and try to pretend there is not a grave injustice perpetrated against the black people in this country every day. I will leave you with this thought. Just because you say it is not racial, doesn’t mean that it isn’t! Oh, let me guess the members of the dominant society never lie. Let’s ask the Indians about that, or the 911 commisson report. Justice!

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