Today marks the 1 year anniversary of the murder of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson that started a movement. A movement that has continued on ever since. There was no justice in the case of Mike Brown & unfortunately similar killings have continued, however the fight goes on for Mike & all like him to receive the justice that they so sorely deserve.
I remember logging onto Twitter that night & seeing the photos, videos, & tweets from people in Mike Brown’s neighborhood. I was saddened, angry, & disgusted immediately. The story of Eric Garner’s murder was just beginning to circulate, but being there right in the beginnings of Mike’s story made it more personal. The whole fallout, subsequent police & media response sent us on the beginnings of a real turning point. Many thought at the time that the outrage would be short lived & that soon we would forget. Oh how wrong they were!
Since then Black Lives Matter has been going strong. The saddest fact is that there have been so many other names & stories to learn since. I think what really makes Mike Brown & Ferguson stick out is that before it even reached CNN, it had already been tweeted over a million times. It was not spread by main stream media. This story only made it to mainstream media because they could not ignore the outcry of social media & the community. Mike Brown’s murder was the beginning of a change in perception in accordance with the power of Black Twitter & social media altogether. It was the people taking to social media that started a movement to push for accountability by police, politicians, & the main stream media.
So much has taken place since Mike Brown’s killing, but I still find myself needing some form of justice to come for Mike & those like him. I still want so much for there to be a real solution & for it to be understood profoundly why Mike’s life matters. We continue to struggle with the policing crisis in this country, but 365 days later the conversation continues, the fight for justice continues, the Black Lives Matter movement continues & that is a definite achievement. Many people believed that our generation lacked the drive & attention span to create a large scale movement & yet here we are. The more we keep it going, the more we push against the inertia, the closer we will get to true justice.
I would like to thank all of the people in Ferguson who immediately started the outcry for Mike Brown. Had all of those people not got online & showed us what was going on, the movement may not have truly begun. I would also like to acknowledge individuals like Deray Mckesson & Netta Elzie for answering the call then & continuing to answer the call since. And of course, as always, love & support to Lesley McFadden, Mike Brown Sr., & the entire Brown family.
There have been many since that we continue to mourn & seek justice for. For information on commemorative events & continued coverage from within the movement go to Wetheprotesters.org & fergusonresponse.tumblr.com. There still has been no justice for Eric Garner, Rekia Boyd, John Crawford, Tamir Rice & countless others. We must continue to push & hold all wrong doers accountable until there is sweeping change across the nation. Particularly with the recent killings of Zachary Hammond, Christian Taylor, & the large amounts of Native Americans & Black Trans Women who are being killed. Rest well, Mike Brown! We will keep speaking your name & not allow your life to go unvalued. Much love!