We reported on Mike Brown’s murder & the protests that followed over 3 months ago when it all first began. You can recap those posts at Mike Brown’s Murder Incites Riots In Ferguson, Mike Brown — Protest Day 3 (Live), and Chicago National Moment Of Silence Rally For Mike Brown.
Well now all this time later the grand jury has reached a decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who shot & killed Mike. He will not be charged.
This case was handled terribly. The details are truly sad. This entire process has been sickening to me & has reminded me that the work of the Civil Rights Movement is not complete. Ferguson & Mike Brown is no isolated incident. Black people nationwide fear for their lives everyday by the people who are supposed to protect them. It is time for a change.
Black lives matter & deserve to be protected. We have a judicial system that is supposed to convict criminals. That should not be left to police officers & media.
Unfortunately, there is still much to be done in regards to how black men are judged in this country. Black men are seen as criminals & thugs. I don’t care about hoodies or tattoos or how low pants are sagging, no person’s life should be disregarded based off of their appearance, especially when that judgment is costing them their lives. We have to stop allowing
these excuses for taking lives. There need to be new policies in place for police so this does not keep happening.
When things like this happen it is not time to be politically correct. It is not time to bite your tongue as to not ruffle feathers. That’s the problem. Feathers need to be ruffled. That’s how change happens.
I resent people telling you how to respond to injustice. It’s bad enough to have your rights abridged. It’s even worse to have people to tell you to shut up and take it. This is not about a bunch of savages running wild in the street. This is about human beings demanding that their right to life be respected. This is no time for niceties. You cannot politely ask people to stop disrespecting your life. “Please don’t call me a thug. Could you possibly stop negatively representing my life and heritage? May I please just walk down the street and live?”
Do you yell and scream and steal and throw things? No. But I won’t tell anyone who’s life is being disrespected to sit still and quiet like a good little boy or girl. People should be angry and enraged. A young boy was murdered in the street and left there for 4 hours. His killer has been sheltered ever since. And they are treating the people taking to the streets for justice as the criminals. So yes, there is rage. I would hope that we can find productive ways to challenge that rage, but ultimately what difference does it make when they are preparing for war?
Ferguson has been declared in a state of emergency and they have militarized the police and called in the National Guard. In anticipation of this decision. Was there some rioting? Yes. Was there some looting? Yes. But overall, there has been peaceful civil disobedience. But regardless of what has been done, the police in Ferguson have reacted harshly. The protesters can’t be on the sidewalk or on the street. I seem to remember the first amendment giving us the right to petition and assembly. But when people do so they are treated as some kind of mob. People were flipping over cars and acting a fool over pumpkins and it was laughed off. But people take to the streets for their rights and that’s a problem.
There will not be silence and acceptance. We have to the right to demand justice. We should not have to submit to the status quo. We need to shake the table. It’s how we got from being lynched publicly to here and it’s how we’re going to get to the next step in justice.
What’s sad is there was a killing of an unarmed black man in New York by a police officer Thursday night, and then a young black boy was killed by police in Cleveland for holding a toy gun on Monday. It’s like it’s never ending. This isn’t about condemning all cops. Let’s not start with that “Not all…” stuff. The system is clearly broken and we cannot remain silent on those who are wrong to save the image of all cops. If you are a good cop, that is to be commended. But there cops who are dead wrong and need to be held accountable for their misuse of power. 1 cop doing this is too many. Here we have dozens. It is time to speak on it.
I’m tired of hashtags. We have to continue to push for justice. Salute to all protesters & people pushing for change. There will be protests in Chicago as well as Ferguson & I’m sure many other cities around the country. There will be a protest tomorrow morning at 9am at the city of Chicago city hall. For more info go to https://www.facebook.com/events/299710183557970/.
Stay safe. Rest in peace Michael Brown. Love to his family, to his parents I’m so sorry. Most importantly, rest in peace to all who have lost their lives in this madness. May their deaths not be in vain.
For more info on how to get active near you go to fergusonaction.com
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